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Argentina + Alfajores

Argentina + Alfajores

All countries and areas around the world have traditions built up over many years, and many of those traditions involve food, the preparation of it and the recipes that have evolved.
Everybody loves biscuits …
In Argentina the most well-known biscuits are called Alfajores, and they are frequently filled with Dulce de Leche, the most traditional and popular sweet filling not only in Argentina but also in the rest of South America.

Dulce de Leche

Dulce de Leche is like caramel but it does not contain any butter or margarine.  It is made from cooking milk and sugar for a very long time.
An easy way to make your own Dulce de Leche is to put a tin of condensed milk in a saucepan with enough water that it covers the tin completely, bring the water to the boil, and simmer with the lid on for 3 hours (easier still if you can just leave it simmering in the oven for that time).

What are the most traditional cakes and biscuits where you live?  Is there anything special about them?  Do they have a story?  Were they invented by mistake?!

Do read the recipe below and have a go at making ALFAJORES with DULCE DE LECHE. This is a printable worksheet of the recipe:
A Green Mouse Alfajores Recipe

But first, do some Spanish Practice via this video, transcript, and printable worksheet:

Video

Worksheet

Video Transcript

Argentina es un país.
Tiene 23 provincias.
América del Sur es un continente.
Argentina está en el extremo sur de Sudamérica.
Sudamérica es lo mismo que América del Sur.
Esta galleta se llama un alfajor.
Esta crema se llama dulce de leche.
Los sudamericanos comen muchos alfajores y mucho dulce de leche.
Son parte de su cultura y tradición.
¡Alfajores llenos de dulce de leche son muy ricos!
Un poquito de coco rallado es una buena idea también.
El resultado es bonito y delicioso.
Cada provincia de Argentina tiene una receta de alfajores preferida, cada país en Sudamérica también.

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Easy Alfajores Recipe

Ingredients:
300g plain flour
200g caster sugar
100g soft butter
1 egg (beaten)
grated coconut (optional)

For the filling: 
Dulce de Leche!
(buy a jar or buy a tin of condensed milk and make your own – see above)

Method:
– Mix the dry ingredients together
– 
Rub in the butter
– Mix in the beaten egg to form a soft dough
– Roll out the dough with a rolling pin to about 0.5cm thick on a floured surface.
– Use cookie cutters to cut out round shapes about 4cm wide.
– Place them evenly on non-stick baking trays.

Bake, one tray at a time, in a pre-heated oven, 180C, for 8 minutes approximately.  The biscuits need to be dried out/cooked through but not golden brown. To check if they are done, pick one up gently and look underneath.
If the dough is still slightly wet on the underside of the biscuit put the biscuits back in the oven for a little longer.
(There is no point in having raw biscuits – better golden than raw)

When the biscuits have cooled they can be stored or even frozen until you are ready to eat them.
When you ARE ready, put some grated coconut in a flat bowl and open a jar/tin of dulce de leche.  Turn the biscuits upside down and put two biscuits together at a time with  a generous 1cm+ layer of dulce de leche in the middle.
Squeeze the biscuits together so that the dulce de leche sticks out a little.
Roll the biscuit sideways along the grated coconut so that it sticks to the dulce de leche.

When all the biscuits are ready, sprinkle a little grated coconut over them for decoration and serve.

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Recipe for Refried Beans

Refried Beans – Frijoles Refritos

Easy Re-fried Bean Recipe + Video in Spanish
Refried beans  are normally cooked slowly for several hours.
This recipe takes a short cut and uses tinned beans which are still delicious.

Downloadable Recipe.

The Recipe

Ingredients:
1-2 tbsp sunflower oil
2 onions – chopped
4 garlic cloves – crushed
2x 400g cans kidney beans
500g carton of tomato passata
2 tsp cumin
4 tsp paprika
1 red pepper
1 beef stock cube – crumble between fingers
juice of one lemon

Method:
Heat the oil in heavy casserole over direct heat.
Stir fry the onions and garlic until soft.
Stir in the kidney beans, chopped red pepper and tomato passata.
Add the cumin, paprika and crumbled stock cube
Stir in the lemon juice

Bring to the boil and then simmer gently on a low heat or place in a pre-heated oven at 170C for 1 hour.
Purée the cooked beans using a handheld blender or a potato masher.
Serve hot sprinkled with grated cheddar cheese, a few chopped coriander leaves, a spoonful of sour cream perhaps, and some tortilla chips.
It is also delicious to heat, chop and add a few pieces of chorizo to the dip just before serving.

Suitable for freezing:  Store in small freezer bags for use when required.

(For a more traditional version of this recipe, replace the passata, lemon juice and stock cube with water, salt and a few slices of bacon or chorizo)

An essential, protein-rich food in Mexico and Central America, the beans in this recipe can be kept whole and used in Bean quesadillas.

Purée or mash them up, and they become  frijoles refritos,  an excellent dip, filling for a tortilla, or accompaniment to add Latin American flavour to a meal.

Video

Downloadable PDF of the Recipe

In Honduras frijoles refritos are served in a clay pot called an ANAFRE:

image for frijoles refritos

The ANAFRE contains hot coals.  The beans are served hot with melted cheese, cream and chopped coriander + tortillas or tortilla chips on the side.

Refried beans are often served with fried eggs, rolled up in a tortilla for a snack lunch, or served as part of a main course with meat, grated cabbage, fried banana, rice, and ‘chismol’ – a ‘salsa’ made of tomatoes, onions and peppers.

image for refried bean recipe

More Practice:
Spanish Food and Drink Resources




Biscuit Recipe in Spanish

Make Biscuits in Spanish

Simple Biscuit Recipe for Children in Spanish + a video and description in the 3rd person present tense about making the biscuits and tidying up afterwards.
Free printable  Worksheet.
Baking practice in Spanish …  Friendly biscuits at the end.

Cooking Vocabulary:

la harina (f)                 the flour
la mantequilla (f)    the butter
el azúcar (m)              the sugar
la mermelada (f)      the jam
el glaseado (m)         the icing
El horno (m)               the oven

Hay que        one has to/it is necessary to/one must
Hay que fregar los platos
– It is necessary to wash the dishes
Hay que ordenar  
– One has to tidy up

Recipe ingredients:

175g mantequilla     butter
175g azúcar                  sugar
350g harina                  plain flour
1 huevo                           egg
cucharita de vainilla
–  little spoonful of vanilla essence

Method:
Mix together the butter and the sugar
Add the flour, egg and vanilla.
Make a dough

Video

Downloadable PDF Worksheet

The video has subtitles in Spanish AND English

Video Transcript

LA RECETA
175g mantequilla
175g azúcar
350g harina
1 huevo
cucharita de vainilla
Mezla la mantequilla y el azúcar
Agrega la harina, el huevo y la vainilla

HORNO:  180 C
TIEMPO:  12 – 15 mns

Estira la masa con el rodillo.

Fabrica las galletas con moldes.

Las galletas están en el horno.

Las galletas redondas están listas,
y las caritas también.

Ahora hay que poner el glaseado,
y después la mermelada.

Ahora la carita va encima.
Mira.  Ya está.
Cuatro caritas para comer.

Hay que ordenar la cocina,
y hay que fregar los platos.

Ahora podemos comer las galletas.

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For an authentic Biscuit Recipe from South America and an introduction to Argentina go to:
Argentina + Alfajores

More Practice:
Spanish Food and Drink Resources

Cooking in Spanish for Children
Biscuits! Cooking in Spanish for Children