I have yet to visit Argentina- it's on THAT list- but that doesn't mean I can't try to recreate the legendary Alfajores and adapt it for the Thermomix. If you have ever made dolce de leche by sticking a can of condensed milk in the oven or pressure cooker I can assure you the Thermomix is a lot less stressful!
To make 24 discs (12 biscuit) extra buttery flat discs you'll need ( I suggest you make double as they will fly off the plate.
- 80g plain (all purpose)flour
- 40g cornflour (cornstarch)
- 40g icing (powdered)sugar ( made in TM)
- 110g (a stick) of unsalted butter
- Preheat oven to 170°C/350°F
I like to 'sift' my flours in the TM bowl for a few seconds on sp 4, but it is far from essential.
If your butter needs softening, do this at 50° before adding sugar, and flours.
Turbo pulse until mixture just comes together then tip onto mat and use rolling pin to flatten and cut into 5cm/2″ discs. They should be about 5mil thick.
Place on a parchment lined baking tray and pop into fridge for at least 10 minutes before baking at 170°C/350°F for 12 minutes. They won't be brown so please take them out and cool on a rack before filling with TM dolce de leche.
For the dolce de leche filling make this amount – trust me! A litre of milk and 200ml of cream sounds like a lot but boy does it shrink after 50minutes of varoma !!
For the dolce de leche (literal translation sweet milk for a reason) you'll need
- 1 litre full cream milk
- 200ml cream
- 125g soft brown sugar
- 120g granulated sugar
- ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
- Scraped vanilla pod (or 1 tsp vanilla bean paste)
Tip all the ingredients into the TM bowl and cook for 50 minutes, varoma, sp5. Replace the MC with the steaming basket as this allows all the evaporation to happen and avoids nasty spitting. Now you have an hour to yourself- read the kindle or do the laundry. Actually you have made them dolce de leche filled Alfajores, blow the laundry :). The mixture won't darken until very close to end of cooking time and if you have been standing over it 😦 it will start to sound different. Tip the mixture into a jar(s) to cool and thicken. If for any reason you think it needs ten minutes longer, go for it. The teaspoon test is pretty true. I am guessing that the timing might be less with the new model given that temperature is higher so just pay attention in the last 10 minutes.
When cool sandwich two cookie discs together with the filling…..strong black coffee and …..
back to the kindle ….
Have a sweet day and thanks for visiting.