Taste of Travel: Peru

May 26, 2009
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Peru is a surprising mixture of cultures and cuisines – including Spanish, African, Chinese and Europeans.  A true highlight of our Amazon River Voyage is the opportunity to sample the local fare, but even if you can’t be drifting down a river sipping a Pisco Sour, there’s no reason you can’t try these dishes at home!

Alfajores (Filled cookies with caramel)

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup corn starch
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup salted butter
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • Powdered sugar for sprinkling

Filling (caramel manjarblanco)

  • Place 1 large, unopened can of condensed milk in pot and cover with water.
  • Boil for 3 hours, checking water level and adding as needed. This makes the right consistency for filling. Note: Do not open can until completely cool!

Instructions

  1. Sift flour, cornstarch and powdered sugar. Put in large bowl and cut in butter.
  2. Add egg and mix until soft. (Add a spoonful of milk if necessary) Let stand 15 minutes.
  3. Cut dough in 4 pieces.
  4. Spray cookie sheet.
  5. Sprinkle flour over clean surface and lay out a piece of dough. Stretch dough with roller to 1/8 inch thickness.
  6. Using round cookie cutter, make cookies and lay on cookie sheet.
  7. Bake at 350° for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown.
  8. Cool completely.
  9. Apply a small amount of filling to one cookie and top with another to make a sandwich.
  10. Sprinkle cookies with powered sugar as desired.

Read more about Latin American food with Top 5 Foods to Try in Peru. Also, don't miss this Authentic Pisco Sour recipe.