I suppose everyone heard of Argentine beef (Cuba still cannot forget it), as well as Argentine wine. However, I have no idea why alfajor biscuits (from Spanish: alfajores) are not known. I think that must definitely change! In my opinion, these biscuits are the best what Argentina may offer when it comes to food, of course.
I am not a meat lover, that is why I probably say that. I am not a vegetarian either, meat is not delight for my palate. I sometimes appreciate something which tastes good or distinct, for example venison; however, such situations do not happen very often. Argentina is a place famous for its steaks and generally for meat. This is the way everyone thinks until they visit Buenos Aires. There they see that steaks are served only in tourist places. Elsewhere, parrilla (grilled meat) is mostly served. Beef of course, constitutes the main dish on the table.
You can notice similar thing with alfajor biscuits – they are often served with coffee or yerba mate. They are everywhere. You can find them in each bar, restaurant, cafe, street bar, supermarket, local shop and at the airport. You can buy them by the weight, packed in boxes or you can buy them separately. Usually, they are round-shaped but we have also seen square-shaped. They have different sizes but mostly they are about 6-7 cm in diameter. You can find them coated in white or dark chocolate, as well as those sprinkled with icing sugar. Some of them are made from dough, some from rice waffles. They are filled with caramel, chocolate, vanilla mousse or even jam. All confectionary companies, even Milka produce ajfajor biscuits. They are of course sweet; however, you cannot eat too many of them at once.
The best are those coated in dark chocolate with one layer of dulce de leche filling. They are traditionally prepared from flour, honey with almonds, spices and dulce de leche. Sometimes you can also find alfajor biscuits filled with jam. It is a little bit funny that Argentinian, Uruguayan, Paraguayan, Bolivian and Chilean people think this is their product. Argentina is the biggest consumer of these biscuits. It is a common belief that alfajor biscuits are also popular in Spain; however, I have not encountered them in any region. Well, maybe then I didn’t know what to look for. Now, I would see them differently. Moreover, they appear mostly at Christmas and they differ in taste from those coming from Latin America. Alfajor biscuits and their name come from Arabic and Andalusian culture. In Latin America they became famous several centuries later.
An interesting fact is the biggest alfajor biscuit in the world. It is almost 2 meters in diameter and 80 cm high. Its weight is 464 kg and was made on 11th December 2010 in Minas, Uruguay. Over 30 people took part in the production and the biscuit was listed in Guiness World Records.
The most fascinating thing connected with alfajor biscuits is that you just cannot get enough of them. At least I never did. Sometimes I caught myself thinking ‘I won’t eat this tasty biscuit today’ but I was immediately changing my mind. They are delicious. Have you tried them yet?