Watch Cooking Channel

Alfajores Get Reinvented as a Dulce de Leche Tart

Alfajor Recipe

Dulce de leche has become such an established cross-over success – easily made at home or store-bought, found in big brand ice cream and even all-American girl scout cookies - that it’s hard to remember the excitement when it first hit markets. Until the early nineties, it was the once-in-a-while treat my uncle might bring from business trips to Chile or Peru (where it was introduced to us as manjar blanco) or that a Colombian friend shared from home (where it went by arequipe).

Alfajores – small sandwich cookies traditionally filled with dulce de leche then rolled in coconut or powdered sugar – came later. Popular throughout South America, they’re also shaped into large, multi-layered tarts topped with meringue or crushed almonds. A rustic version of the mille-feuille, these sky-high tarts alternately known as alfajor de mil capas or torta de mil hojas can be made from large crumbly crackers or delicate puff pastry.

Using a simple shortbread recipe, this alfajor tart sprinkled with toasted coconut falls somewhere in between. The dough is rolled out into thin, flat discs that, when baked, easily break apart against the dense, caramel filling. Prepared the day ahead, the layers melding together while maintaining crispy edges, it’s no less delicious for being perfectly familiar.

Alfajor de Coco
Yield: One 7-inch tart

The sandy, barely-held together texture of these cookie layers can make them tricky to shape. Rolling them between two sheets of parchment or wax paper so they be easily turned and rotated, then chilling them briefly before they’re transferred to baking sheets, solves this problem.

8 ounces unsalted butter, at room temperature 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups unbleached, all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 1/2 cups dulce de leche, homemade or store bought (also known as manjarblanco, arequipe)
1/2 cup toasted, shredded coconut

In a mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat together the butter and sugar at medium-high speed until it is pale and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Stir in the vanilla extract.

Combine the flour and salt, add to the creamed butter at once, then stir with a wooden spoon or spatula for a couple of turns. Return to the stand and mix on low speed until the flour is incorporated, do not over mix. Divide the dough into 6 equal pieces, and cover each in plastic wrap. Refrigerate until very firm, at least 2 hours or overnight.

Place one portion of dough between 2 pieces of parchment or wax paper and roll out to a flat disc shape about 1/8-inch thick and 7 inches wide (see cook’s note). Return the rolled discs to the refrigerator between layers of parchment and chill until firm again, 15 to 20 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper or nonstick liner. Working in batches, place chilled discs on prepared baking sheets (2 per sheet) and set them in the upper and lower oven racks. Bake them for 12 to 14 minutes, rotating the pans halfway through so they color evenly, until lightly golden.

Cool on the baking sheets for 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack. The alfajores will firm up as they cool and should release easily from the liner before transferring.

Place one alfajor on a serving plate and spread evenly with 1/4 cup of dulce de leche. Top with the next alfajor and repeat with remaining layers. Cover top layer with toasted coconut. Serve with extra coconut on the side, whipped cream or ice cream.

Cook’s Note: For more evenly sized discs, draw a 7-inch circle on parchment or wax paper. Use this sheet as a guide when rolling out the discs. Trim the dough as needed and re-roll the scraps into the remaining dough to make more discs.

Ana Sofia Peláez covers the spectrum of Spanish and Latin American cuisine on her blog hungrysofia.com. From the rich smells and flavors of the Cuban food she grew up with to modern Peruvian causas, hearty Brazilian feijodas and delicate Mexican flor de calabaza soup, she’s always looking for her next great meal.

Tags:

Comments (1584)

  1. jeux mario posted 01/19/2013

    Title…

    [...]we prefer to honor many other internet web-sites on the internet, even though they aren’t linked to us, by linking to them. Under are some webpages really worth checking out[...]…

  2. slots online games posted 01/19/2013

    Check this out…

    [...] that is the end of this article. Here you’ll find some sites that we think you’ll appreciate, just click the links over[...]……

  3. social poker posted 01/19/2013

    Title…

    [...]always a big fan of linking to bloggers that I enjoy but do not get a great deal of link really like from[...]…

  4. como ganhar na mega sena posted 01/20/2013

    Title…

    [...]please take a look at the sites we stick to, such as this a single, as it represents our picks from the web[...]…

  5. Garcinia Cambogia Select posted 01/20/2013

    Title…

    [...]Here is a superb Blog You may Discover Exciting that we Encourage You[...]…

  6. sex chat line posted 01/20/2013

    The Absent Game…

    Amongst me and my husband we have owned additional MP3 players through the years than I can count, including Sansas, iRivers, iPods (typical & touch), the Ibiza Rhapsody, etc. But, the last few a long time I’ve settled down to one line of players….

  7. Susan Lim Surgeon posted 01/20/2013

    Sites we Like……

    [...] Every once in a while we choose blogs that we read. Listed below are the latest sites that we choose [...]……

  8. Port Coquitlam BC used trucks posted 01/20/2013

    Visitor recommendations…

    [...]one of our visitors recently recommended the following website[...]……

  9. Triactol posted 01/20/2013

    Title…

    [...]please check out the web-sites we comply with, like this 1, as it represents our picks through the web[...]…

  10. car service jfk posted 01/20/2013

    Visitor recommendations…

    [...]one of our visitors recently recommended the following website[...]……

  11. volcano ecig posted 01/20/2013

    Title…

    [...]please stop by the websites we follow, such as this 1, because it represents our picks through the web[...]…

  12. piece, and felt that i read and…

    re-read it so thoroughly that i could not have possibly missed anything only to be gravely disappointed the next day. sometimes though, when there is a time crunch or deadline, proofreading with the right conditions is not always an option. it…

  13. شات الرياض posted 01/21/2013

    Title…

    [...]Here is a good Blog You may Obtain Intriguing that we Encourage You[...]…

  14. Videographer singapore posted 01/21/2013

    Websites you should visit…

    [...]below you’ll find the link to some sites that we think you should visit[...]……

  15. property singapore posted 01/21/2013

    Cool sites…

    [...]we came across a cool site that you might enjoy. Take a look if you want[...]……

  16. ferienwohnungen in deutschland posted 01/21/2013

    messewohnungen und ferienwohnungen…

    My spouse and i are already now delighted that Albert could perform his scientific tests due to the thoughts he had by way of your website. It really is on occasion perplexing to just usually be giving freely methods which some people might have been m…

  17. You should check this out…

    [...] Wonderful story, reckoned we could combine a few unrelated data, nevertheless really worth taking a look, whoa did one learn about Mid East has got more problerms as well [...]……

  18. Souls in the Waves…

    Excellent Morning, I just stopped in to go to your website and assumed I’d say I experienced myself….

  19. smokeless cigarettes posted 01/22/2013

    The Slave of the Husband…

    Trying to get ahead to researching additional from you afterward!……

  20. christelijke dating posted 01/22/2013

    Related……

    [...]just beneath, are numerous totally not related sites to ours, however, they are surely worth going over[...]……

  21. Global Digital Marketing posted 01/23/2013

    Title…

    [...]Wonderful story, reckoned we could combine a handful of unrelated data, nonetheless really really worth taking a appear, whoa did one find out about Mid East has got far more problerms as well [...]…

  22. agame.com posted 01/23/2013

    Title…

    [...]Wonderful story, reckoned we could combine a handful of unrelated data, nevertheless really really worth taking a look, whoa did one find out about Mid East has got additional problerms too [...]…

  23. transfer pdf file to ipad posted 01/23/2013

    Superb website…

    [...]always a big fan of linking to bloggers that I love but don’t get a lot of link love from[...]……

  24. london musicals posted 01/23/2013

    Cool sites…

    [...]we came across a cool site that you might enjoy. Take a look if you want[...]……

  25. in onebuckresume posted 01/23/2013

    The Silent Shard…

    This could in all probability be really helpful for many of your respective positions I plan to you should not only with my blog site but…

  26. gold buyer posted 01/23/2013

    Recent Blogroll Additions……

    [...]usually posts some very interesting stuff like this. If you’re new to this site[...]……

  27. pearlsonly posted 01/23/2013

    Gems form the internet…

    [...]very few websites that happen to be detailed below, from our point of view are undoubtedly well worth checking out[...]……

  28. physician assistant jobs…

    Very good details is often discovered on this world wide web blog site….

  29. singaporepools� posted 01/24/2013

    Title…

    [...]Wonderful story, reckoned we could combine several unrelated information, nevertheless truly worth taking a search, whoa did 1 master about Mid East has got additional problerms as well [...]…

  30. corpse clothing posted 01/24/2013

    Awesome website…

    [...]the time to read or visit the content or sites we have linked to below the[...]……

  31. Samsung galaxy s4 posted 01/24/2013

    Awesome website…

    [...]the time to read or visit the content or sites we have linked to below the[...]……

  32. sbobet posted 01/24/2013

    Related……

    [...]just beneath, are numerous totally not related sites to ours, however, they are surely worth going over[...]……

  33. Play rainbow riches posted 01/24/2013

    Websites we think you should visit…

    [...]although websites we backlink to below are considerably not related to ours, we feel they are actually worth a go through, so have a look[...]……

  34. jeannette kagame children posted 01/25/2013

    Title…

    [...]The information and facts talked about in the post are some of the most effective available [...]…

  35. EasyVideoSuite posted 01/25/2013

    Title…

    [...]here are some links to websites that we link to since we believe they may be really worth visiting[...]…

  36. Herbal Smoke Shop posted 01/25/2013

    Online Article……

    [...]The information mentioned in the article are some of the best available [...]……

  37. Going Here posted 01/25/2013

    Title…

    [...]just beneath, are quite a few entirely not related sites to ours, on the other hand, they may be certainly really worth going over[...]…

  38. valet San Antonio posted 01/25/2013

    Sources…

    [...]check below, are some totally unrelated websites to ours, however, they are most trustworthy sources that we use[...]……

  39. Recommeneded websites…

    [...]Here are some of the sites we recommend for our visitors[...]……

  40. personal injury law posted 01/26/2013

    Title…

    [...]check below, are some totally unrelated websites to ours, even so, they are most trustworthy sources that we use[...]…

  41. Click Here posted 01/26/2013

    …Additional Information ca be found here…

    [...]The total glance of your site is great, let smartly as the content![...]…

  42. The Silent Shard…

    This could almost certainly be rather useful for a few of the work I intend to you should not only with my web site but…

  43. Diana Moore posted 01/26/2013

    Title…

    [...]below you’ll obtain the link to some internet sites that we consider you ought to visit[...]…

  44. pound saver posted 01/26/2013

    Title…

    [...]although web sites we backlink to below are considerably not connected to ours, we feel they may be truly really worth a go by means of, so have a look[...]…

  45. mobile marketing australia posted 01/26/2013

    Sources…

    [...]check below, are some totally unrelated websites to ours, however, they are most trustworthy sources that we use[...]……

  46. making a budget posted 01/26/2013

    Websites worth visiting…

    [...]here are some links to sites that we link to because we think they are worth visiting[...]……

  47. mygirlfund posted 01/26/2013

    Title…

    [...]we came across a cool site which you may possibly delight in. Take a look in case you want[...]…

  48. Title…

    [...]that may be the finish of this write-up. Right here you will obtain some internet sites that we feel you will enjoy, just click the hyperlinks over[...]…

  49. local seo posted 01/26/2013

    Cool sites…

    [...]we came across a cool site that you might enjoy. Take a look if you want[...]……

  50. credit card debt posted 01/26/2013

    Recent Blogroll Additions……

    [...]usually posts some very interesting stuff like this. If you’re new to this site[...]……

Post a New Comment

You must be logged in to post a comment.

c