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Alfajores (traditional cornstarch)

1 hr 30 mins

20 persons

In Argentina, we eat a lot of alfajores: two round cookies filled with dulce the leche. They came in a lot of kinds. They can be found at supermarkets, in drugstores, bakery, restaurants, cafes, kiosks. One of the most traditional home made sunday merienda are the "alfajores de maizena".

Ingredients

Butter 80 grams
Sugar 80 grams
Eggs 2
Natural vanilla extract 1 teaspoon
Cornstarch 200 grams
Wheat flour, bleached 50 grams
Baking powder 12 tablespoon
Baking soda 12 teaspoon
Crema de leche 500 grams
Dried creamed coconut 100 grams
NUTRITION INFO [per Serving]
Calories
195KCal
9%
It provides 195KCal equal to about 9% of DV

A calorie is a unit of energy. The number of calories foods contain tells us how much potential energy they posses.
The human body needs calories (energy) to survive, without energy our cells would die, our hearts and lungs would stop, and we would perish. We acquire this energy from food and drink.

Protein
3g
3%
It provides 3g equal to about 3% of DV

Most all the parts of our bodies are made from protein: hair, skin, blood, organs, and muscles. It is needed for cells to grow. It also repairs or replaces healthy cells and tissues. Protein in food gives us calories - 4 calories in one gram. If we do not get enough calories from fat and carbohydrates we may use protein for energy.

Water
16g
1%
It provides 16g equal to about 1% of DV

Water serves as a solvent for nutrients and delivers nutrients to cells, while it also helps the body eliminate waste products from the cells. Both the spaces between cells (intercellular spaces) and the spaces inside cells (intracellular spaces) are filled with water. Water lubricates joints and acts as shock absorbers inside the eyes and spinal cord. Amniotic fluid, which is largely water, protects the fetus from bumps and knocks.

Calcium
84mg
8%
It provides 84mg equal to about 8% of DV

Calcium is a mineral that is important for building strong bones and teeth. Almost all of the calcium we use in our bodies is for building strong bones. A very small amount is needed to help our heart, nerves and muscles work.

Carbohydrate
29g
9%
It provides 29g equal to about 9% of DV

Carbohydrates are the body's main source of energy. There are three different kinds of carbohydrates. They include starch, sugar, and fiber. Starch is made from chains of small sugars. When these chains are broken down during digestion, we get energy. We get 4 calories from each gram of starch (or sugar).

Fiber
0g
1%
It provides 0g equal to about 1% of DV

Fiber is one kind of carbohydrate. It's the part of plant foods that our bodies do not break down during digestion. Because fiber isn't digested, it doesn't give us calories.
Fiber is important for keeping the digestive tract working smoothly. Since we do not digest it, the fiber in food passes into the intestine and absorbs water. The undigested fiber creates "bulk" so the muscles in the intestine can push waste out of the body.

Iron
0mg
2%
It provides 0mg equal to about 2% of DV

Iron is a mineral that is an important part of our red blood cells. It is needed to carry oxygen from our lungs to our cells, muscles and organs.

Magnesium
9mg
2%
It provides 9mg equal to about 2% of DV

Magnesium is an abundant mineral in the body. It's required for energy production, oxidative phosphorylation, and glycolysis. It contributes to the structural development of bone and is required for the synthesis of DNA, RNA, and the antioxidant glutathione.

Sugars
16g
18%
It provides 16g equal to about 18% of DV

Sugars are carbohydrates that provide the body with energy, our body’s fuel. Sugars occur naturally in fruit, vegetables and dairy foods and are added to foods for flavour, texture and colour.

Salt
76mg
3%
It provides 76mg equal to about 3% of DV

Sodium is important for keeping a balance in pressure between the inside and outside of our cells. Too much sodium can lead to high blood pressure. High blood pressure may increase the risk for having a heart attack or stroke.

Phosphorus
95mg
9%
It provides 95mg equal to about 9% of DV

Phosphorus is a mineral that makes up 1% of a person's total body weight.
The main function of phosphorus is in the formation of bones and teeth. It plays an important role in how the body uses carbohydrates and fats. It is also needed for the body to make protein for the growth, maintenance, and repair of cells and tissues.

Potassium
153mg
4%
It provides 153mg equal to about 4% of DV

Potassium is a mineral found in varying amounts in almost all foods. Diets high in potassium are associated with improved blood pressure control.

Fat
7g
8%
It provides 7g equal to about 8% of DV

Fat is a nutrient that is an important source of calories. One gram of fat supplies 9 calories - more than twice the amount we get from carbohydrates or protein. Fat also is needed to carry and store essential fat-soluble vitamins, like vitamins A and D.

Saturated Fat
5g
24%
It provides 5g equal to about 24% of DV

This is a type of fat that comes mainly from animal sources of food, such as red meat, poultry and full-fat dairy products. Saturated fat raises total blood cholesterol levels and low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol levels.

Zinc
0mg
2%
It provides 0mg equal to about 2% of DV

Zinc is a mineral that your body needs to be healthy. Zinc strengthens your immune system and helps in normal growth and development at all ages.

Vitamin C
1mg
1%
It provides 1mg equal to about 1% of DV

Vitamin C helps form a cement-like material between our cells. We need vitamin C to heal cuts, wounds, and burns. When we don't get enough vitamin C the "cement" between cells loses its strength and can cause us to bleed easily. It may show up as bleeding gums or bruises.

Thiamin
27µg
1%
It provides 27µg equal to about 1% of DV

Thiamin is one of a group of vitamins called the "B vitamins." Another name for thiamin is vitamin B1. Thiamin works with other B vitamins to help your body use the energy it gets from food.

Riboflavin
139µg
8%
It provides 139µg equal to about 8% of DV

Riboflavin is one of a group of vitamins called "B vitamins." Another name for riboflavin is vitamin B2. Riboflavin works with other B vitamins to help your body use the energy you get from food. It also helps the body to use protein in food to build new cells and tissues.

Niacin
0mg
1%
It provides 0mg equal to about 1% of DV

Niacin is one of a group of vitamins called the "B vitamins." Niacin works with other B vitamins to help your body use the energy you get from food. It is also important to help use protein from the diet to build new cells and tissues.

Vitamin B6
16µg
0%
It provides 16µg equal to about 0% of DV

Vitamin B6 is also called pyridoxine. It is involved in the process of making serotonin and norepinephrine, which are chemicals that transmit signals in the brain. Vitamin B6 is also involved in the formation of myelin, a protein layer that forms around nerve cells.

Folate
14µg
3%
It provides 14µg equal to about 3% of DV

Folic acid is important for making blood and building cells. It is also called folate or folacin. Folic acid is found in many food groups in the Food Guide Pyramid.
The need for folic acid increases during pregnancy because the fetus is constantly growing.

Vitamin B12
0µg
2%
It provides 0µg equal to about 2% of DV

Vitamin B12 makes healthy blood cells and helps keep our nerves working properly.

Vitamin A
54µg
6%
It provides 54µg equal to about 6% of DV

Vitamin A keeps your skin smooth and the linings of your mouth, nose, throat, lungs, and intestines healthy. Vitamin A is also needed for healthy eyes. It forms the part of the eye that helps you to see in dim light. People who do not get enough vitamin A may have a hard time seeing at night.

Vitamin E
0mg
1%
It provides 0mg equal to about 1% of DV

Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant whose main job in the body is to protect against cell damage. Vitamin E may also play a role in maintaining a healthy immune system and protecting against chronic diseases, such as heart disease and cancer.

Vitamin D
0µg
4%
It provides 0µg equal to about 4% of DV

Vitamin D helps ensure that the body absorbs and retains calcium and phosphorus, both critical for building bone.

Vitamin K
1µg
0%
It provides 1µg equal to about 0% of DV

Vitamin K helps with many important functions in your body. Vitamin K helps your body heal wounds, maintain your blood vessels and keep your bones healthy. Vitamin K may also help in preventing fractures (broken bones), especially in women after menopause.

Fatty acids Monounsaturated
2g
4%
It provides 2g equal to about 4% of DV

This is a type of fat found in a variety of foods and oils. Studies show that eating foods rich in monounsaturated fats (MUFAs) improves blood cholesterol levels, which can decrease your risk of heart disease.

Fatty acids Polyunsaturated
0g
2%
It provides 0g equal to about 2% of DV

This is a type of fat found mostly in plant-based foods and oils. Evidence shows that eating foods rich in polyunsaturated fats (PUFAs) improves blood cholesterol levels, which can decrease your risk of heart disease.

Trans fats
224mg
7%
It provides 224mg equal to about 7% of DV

This is a type of fat that occurs naturally in some foods in small amounts. But most trans fats are made from oils through a food processing method called partial hydrogenation.

Cholesterol
34mg
11%
It provides 34mg equal to about 11% of DV

Cholesterol is needed by our bodies for our cells, nerves and brain. It is also important in forming hormones and enzymes.

Caffeine
0mg
0%
It provides 0mg equal to about 0% of DV

Caffeine is best known for its stimulant, or "wake-up," effect. Once a person consumes caffeine, it is readily absorbed by the body and carried around in the bloodstream, where its level peaks about one hour after consumption. Caffeine mildly stimulates the nervous and cardiovascular systems.

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Instructions

1

Beat soft butter and sugar until creamy.

2

Add the eggs one by one. Then fold in the vanilla extract and the yellow food colouring. Mix well.

3

Sift together the dry ingredients. Add them to the butter and eggs mixture stirring with a rubber spatula. 

4

Leave the dough in the refrigerator for at least an hour, cover with plastic film.

5

Preheat the oven to medium-high (200° C). In a floured surface, roll the dough (not to thin) and use a small round cookie cutter to make the alfajores.

6

Put the cookies in a prepared baking surface (cooking paper, silpat or butter). Bake in the preheated oven for about 6-8 minutes, until cooked, puff but not golden.

7

Let cool. Then make sandwiches, adding a bit of dulce de leche between two cookies. Roll the side of the alfajor in coconut.

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