Alfajores

Alfajores

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From
Salted Caramel Dreams
Makes
25 alfajores
Photographer
River Thompson

When I first started my stall on Druid Street Market in south London, it was July and rather warm. These delicate sandwich biscuits were a perfect sweet pick-me-up for a hot day. I’d sugar them when I arrived in the morning, leaving gridded icing sugar stencils on the tarmac. Although not traditional, I like to add desiccated coconut to the dough instead of rolling the finished cookie in it. Alternatively, try two tablespoons of toasted cocoa nibs, crushed, instead.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
115g plain flour
85g cassava flour, plus extra for rolling
seeds from 1 vanilla pod
60g icing sugar, plus extra for dusting
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
115g salted butter, cold and cubed
2 large free-range egg yolks, fridge cold
30g desiccated coconut
125g Dulce de leche, at room temperature

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 150°C and line 2 large baking sheets with baking parchment.
  2. Add all the ingredients (except the yolks, desiccated coconut and dulce de leche) to the bowl of a food processor fitted with the blade attachment. Pulse until the mixture resembles a fine granular crumb. Add the cold yolks and pulse again to form a dough. Add the desiccated coconut and briefly pulse again to combine.
  3. Lightly dust a work surface with cassava flour and turn out the dough. Roll out to 5 mm thickness. Cut out 50 × 5 mm circles, bringing the dough back together and re-rolling as necessary. Carefully transfer the delicate circles to the prepared baking sheets, leaving 5 mm between biscuits to allow for very slight expansion.
  4. Bake for 8–10 minutes or until the biscuits are dry but not coloured.
  5. Leave to cool on the baking sheets. Sandwich pairs of cookies together with 1 teaspoon dulce de leche and dust with icing sugar.
  6. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.
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