I was recently introduced to alfajores. They are a traditional Argentine pastry that are popular all over Latin American. A classic Alfajor is a deliciously soft chocolate and vanilla pastry sandwich, think shortcake, filled with mouth-watering Dulce De Leche, (slow cooked milk caramel spread), imported from Argentina, covered in either white or semi-sweet chocolate. There’s a local home-based baker called Kónkeh Artisan Alfajor Pastries who sell them here in Wichita.
Odrers can be placed through their Facebook page, which is what I did. Sometimes they are also out at some vendor events like the farmers market or Shop & Grub.
There were three flavors to choose from on the day I ordered:
- Classic Dulce De Leche
- Creamy Peanut Ganache: Same pastry, but filled with a smooth, creamy peanut and white chocolate ganache. Covered in either white or semi-sweet chocolate, topped with crushed roasted peanuts.
- Maizena Dough and Coconut: Different pastry dough, (made from Maicena), very light and crumbly, with a hint of lemon, filled with Dulce De Leche, and rimmed with coconut flakes on the sides.
I wanted a good sampling of them so I went with a dozen which cost $30. A box of 6 was $18 while an 18-pack was $45.
The alfajores were each individually wrapped and best for one per person given their size. The dozen I purchased were handed out to friends and family who I wanted to share the love with. While I don’t rely on anybody’s opinion for this blog, it was nice to include others on this International adventure of dining right here in Wichita.
Everyone was a big fan of them. My personal favorite was the Maizena Dough and Coconut which wasn’t as rich with its light blast of lemony flavor. The alfajores were incredibly soft, crumbly and pretty much melted in your mouth upon contact. Each flavor blended so well together. You could tell lots of care and time was placed into each one; it really came through in each bite.
There’s nothing I love more than learning about different cultures and their food. Alfajores were something I would have never heard of until I published my International Food Guide.
If you’d like to see more, check out Kónkeh Artisan Alfajor Pastries on Facebook.
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