Dec 10, 2011

Homemade is best

My 15 year old daughter Briahnna recently had a project for her Spanish class in which she had to bring in a food item from a specific country. She was assigned the country of Argentina. She browsed recipes and did her best to pick something that did not require us to have to buy too many ingredients. She chose Alfajores... basically two sugar cookies sandwiched together with dulce de leche (caramel). We almost considered purchasing store bought cookies and caramel but felt like it would have been cheating to do so. All in all, it was a long process of baking in batches and making the caramel filling. It took about 3 1/2 hours altogether. In the end it was well worth it. My daughter felt so proud of what she made and enjoyed her time in the kitchen. As for myself, I was so proud of my budding cook/foodie! She got to see and taste the difference by making something from scratch using high-quality ingredients. Her classmates and teacher enjoyed the cookies and she got an 'A' on the project.

She mixed up a batch of sugar cookie dough and I taught her a simple technique to make each cookie very uniform  in shape and size. 
The dulce de leche took about 2.3 hours to make! It came out really good though. This is one of those things that takes a lot of patience!
Shelly, Mom Files

8 comments:

  1. Awesome! Looks delicioso!

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  2. Looks wonderful! What a fun project! The next step is to study how wonderful the cookies still taste when they reach their destination in sunny California!

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  3. She did all of that? Looks delish and I'm proud of her too!! Congrats on her A. You know the Apple does not fall far from the tree ;-)

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  4. Well did the cookies taste as good as they look?!!! Because my mouth is watering looking at that pic! Yum! Great job, Briahnna!

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  5. Wow! Those cookies look DE-LI-CIOUS! Makes me wanna go out and get the ingredients to make 'em myself.

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  6. I learn something new everyday. I had no idea that sugar cookies were of an Argentina origin. I remember my grandmother used to bake them on the weekends we visited her.

    Never heard of the other treat, although it does remind me of one of my motto's though - a little caramel never hurt anyone.

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  7. Wow! That is awesome! And they look delicious! Maybe she could share the recipe link with your readers? ;)

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  8. All I can say is those look so freaking good! The cream inside yummmo!

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