Argentinian sweet treats
- October 6, 2015
- Posted by: admin
- Category: Food and Drink
When it comes to food, Buenos Aires brims with indulgence, from enormous steaks to litres of beer, and the sweet side is no different. The dulce side of Argentine comida surpasses itself with each new dessert I try. From alfajores, to churros ,to chorcatorta and medialunas the reality of becoming gordo becomes ever more tangible with every bite I take.
You will notice that dulce de leche is the decadent secret between most of the delicious desserts here in Argentina. Argentina is thought to be the birthplace, legend has it that it was discovered by accident when a pan of milk and sugar cooking was left for too long, producing upon return, a delicious think mixture that we all know as dulce de leche. Whether spread on bread, filling a pastry, or eaten straight from the spoon, this Argentinian favourite will likely become a personal favourite for anyone with a remotely sweet tooth.
Alfajores are another delicious Argentine speciality, and the country is thought to consume more Alfajores than anywhere else in the world. Brought to Latin America from Spain, they spread throughout the continent and are now enjoyed all over. Simply put, they are a sandwich style confection, normally containing the deliciously thick and creamy dulce de leche. The different varieties are endless but rest assured they are delicious and something of an institution in Argentina.
Another sweet treat popular among Argentinians are churros, long doughnut type things which are incredibly popular in Spain and have made their way over the Atlantic! Churros are often sprinkled with sugar or filled with the Argentinian classic, dulce de leche, and are occasionally served alongside a pot of creamy caramel stuff, which acts as the perfect dip. They can be brought in cafes or bakeries and act as the perfect merienda during a busy day living la vida porteña.
Finally, medialunas. Medialunas are best described as mini croissants, and as the name suggests they come in a delightful little half moon shape. You can find medialunas all over the city; they are most often served for desayuno or alongside your morning café con leche> at a café. However, I feel like they are delicious at any time of the day and certainly satisfy that sweet craving that is always lingering.
So go on, get out there and have a go at sampling any (or all) of these delicious Argentinian sweet treats!