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Vegan Alfajores

Vegan Alfajores, Vegan dulce de leche sandwiched between two melt-in-the-mouth biscuits rolled in coconut. Popular in Argentina and throughout Latin America.

Using a mix of all-purpose flour and cornflour gives the biscuit a melt-in-the-mouth feel but with an amazing crunch. We chose to use milled flaxseed in our cookies to replace the egg as a binder.  This did give the biscuits a speckled look which we quite like. 

The vegan dulce de leche can be made by using a tin of vegan condensed milk. You can choose to cook in the tin or mix in a pot.  If you open the tin and it isn’t quite set you can finish off in the pot, just making sure not to overdo it or you will end up with hard toffee. 

A perfect recipe for a party or just for friends and family to enjoy.  They won’t last very long that’s for sure.

Vegan Alfajores

Vegan Alfajores

Vegan dulce de leche sandwiched between two melt-in-the-mouth biscuits rolled in coconut. Popular in Argentina and throughout Latin America.
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Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 3 hrs
Course Dessert
Cuisine Argentinian
Servings 20 Biscuits

Ingredients
  

Biscuits

  • 75 g icing sugar
  • 2 g bicarbonate of soda
  • 100 g all-purpose flour
  • 150 g cornflour cornstarch
  • 5 g baking powder
  • 100 g butter room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon milled flax seed

Vegan Dulce de Leche

  • Tin of vegan condensed milk
  • 15 g plant-based butter *

Assembly

  • Desiccated coconut
  • 15 g vegan double cream*

Instructions
 

Vegan Dulce de Leche

  • Place the unopened tin of vegan condensed milk in a pot of simmering water fully submerged for 3 hours.
  • Drain then place in cold water.
  • Once cool enough to handle, open the tin and transfer to a container. The milk should have turned to a thick caramel consistency. *You will not need to add the cream and butter if the caramel has set to spreading consistency in the tin. However If it needs to be thicker, transfer to a pot and mix over medium heat until thickened and dark in colour. Watch it doesn’t burn. Add the butter and cream and mix well. Place in the fridge to cool.

Biscuits

  • Make a flax egg by mixing 1 tablespoon of milled flax seeds in a bowl with 3 tablespoons water. Allow the mixture to sit for at least 5 minutes.
  • Cream the butter and sugar together using a rubber spatula or wooden spoon until light and fluffy. Add in the vanilla, flax egg and apple cider vinegar and mix well.
  • Sieve the dry ingredients together then add to the butter mix, mix until it comes together, don’t over mix at this stage. Using your hand form a ball and wrap in clingfilm and place in the fridge until firm enough to roll out. At least 30 minutes.
  • Take the dough out of the fridge. Allow it to sit for a few minutes while you prep your rolling area by lightly dusting the worktop with flour.
  • Place baking paper on a baking tray or two.
  • Roll the dough out to 5mm thick then by using a 6cm cookie cutter, cut out the rounds and place onto the prepared baking tray.
  • Place all the discs in the fridge for 10-15 minutes
  • Preheat an oven to 180°C then bake your cookies for 8-10 minutes until golden around the edges.
  • Remove but leave on the tray until cool then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Assembly

  • Spread the caramel onto the inside of 1 biscuit then place another biscuit on top, squeeze them together gently so the filling is visible around the edges.
  • Roll the biscuits in desiccated coconut, covering the caramel edges

Notes

*If your caramel sets into a spreadable consistency within the tin you will not need to add the cream and butter. 
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