Pinwheel Alfajores

Happy Friday! First of all, I would like to say thank you to everyone who voted for me during the last couple of weeks. A special thank you to everyone who voted everyday and to the ones who bought hero votes. Sadly, I did not pass to the next round because I ended up third and I had to be first of my group. I am still very thankful to see how many people voted for me! Maybe, I will try again next year.

Now, let’s talk about this recipe. As you might know, I am a BIG FAN of alfajores. Alfajores are very popular cookies in South America and each country has their own version. They are filled with dulce de leche which is a milk-based caramel. You can buy dulce de leche at the store or you can make your own. This time I could not find dulce de leche cans at my grocery store so I got a can of sweetened condensed milk and cook it in my instant pot. It took 40 minutes to cook and voila! I had dulce de leche. Also, you can find this milk-based caramel under different names like manjar, manjar blanco, cajeta or arequipe.

This recipe is my collaboration for the collab I’m hosting on Instagram #dulcedelechecollabfriends so I wanted to give my alfajores a twist from the regular ones. I decided to make 2 cookie doughs and make a pinwheel effect. The result of this experiment is delicious! Just ask my husband, he can eat like 5 of these with coffee.

Check out my video of how I made these alfajores on my Instagram @pastry_tales

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Nutella Banana Bread

I love making quick breads and this one is to die for! The combination of banana and Nutella is the best! Also, I’m using brown butter for this recipe which gives a nice extra kick of flavor to this bread. This is perfect for your morning coffee or just like a snack. Easy to make and you don’t need a lot of ingredients.

Also, I want to let you know that I made it to the next round for the #greatestbaker competition. Right now I am in third place but I have to be #1 of my group for next Thursday. You can vote for me daily (free vote) or you can donate money to No Kid Hungry and make a hero vote for me which will get me gain more votes. Here is the link to vote: Sandra Widick | Greatest Baker

If you want to watch how I made this recipe, don’t forget to visit me on Instagram @pastry_tales

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Dulce De Leche Ice Cream

June is here and Summer is just around the corner. We all love ice cream and one flavor that you should try is Dulce De Leche. If you have visited my blog before, you know that I enjoy using this milk-based caramel for different treats and today I’m incorporating my dulce de leche into my ice cream cream custard.

To prepare your homemade dulce de leche you just need a can of sweetened condensed milk, the oven method is super easy to follow.

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Conchas (Mexican Sweet Bread)

Since I moved to California I enjoy visiting latin/hispanic mini markets. There is one kinda close to where I live and they have a small “panaderia” section where they sell fresh bread everyday. I love sweets so I discovered these beautiful sweet breads called “conchas”. They are soft, have a nice vanilla flavour and they are topped with a crunchy and crumbly topping which can be chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, etc.

This sweet bread goes perfect with a nice cup of coffee or hot chocolate.

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Don’t forget to keep voting for me everyday for #thegreatestbaker competition Sandra Widick | Greatest Baker

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S’mores Cake

Hello friends! I am back with a new recipe that is perfect for Summer (or anytime). This cake does not have flour, just graham crackers! Yes, you can make a cake without flour!

Graham cracker cake, homemade marshmallow filling and milk chocolate frosting.

Let’s start with the recipe and don’t forget to keep voting for me for #thegreatestbaker. You can vote DAILY for free or make a donation to No Kid Hungry and I get a HERO VOTE! Here is the link, you have to have a Facebook account to be able to vote: Sandra Widick | Greatest Baker

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Baking Competition

Hi guys! I was invited to participate in this baking competition hosted by Bake From Scratch Magazine. I am not really a person who participates in baking competitions but this time I thought why not?

If you like my blog or my Instagram page or my recipes, go to this link and give me your vote. Right now I’m in third place so hopefully I make it to the second round. You can vote once a day for free. There is the option of HERO VOTE but you have to pay for that so don’t worry about that part. Use your free vote! You have to login with Facebook.

Here is the Link:

Sandra Widick | Greatest Baker

I’ll be back with a new recipe super soon!


Easy Orange Muffins

Muffins are a must to have in my house. They are perfect for breakfast, coffee or like a snack. My favorite muffins are orange flavored ones.

This recipe is awesome, I’ve been make these for years and they always come out great. You can make them in a jumbo muffin pan (like I do) or a regular one.

You can add chocolate chips, dried fruit or nuts. Remember to always use fresh squeeze orange juice and zest!

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Dulce De Leche Brownies

Craving chocolate? How about this recipe for easy brownies with a twist. I added dulce de leche which is a great complement to the dark cocoa powder I used.

If you want to watch how I made these brownies, visit me on Instagram @pastry_tales

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Mexican Chocolate Ice Cream

Happy Cinco de Mayo! It has been so crazy hot here in Northern California that I decided to use my Kitchen Aid Ice Cream attachment to make homemade ice cream. I haven’t used it for about 5 years I think.

This ice cream is made with Abuelita chocolate tablets which is the most popular chocolate tablet in Mexico. I love to use it for hot chocolate and now I’m adding it to ice cream and omg the result is amazing! This recipe is my first homemade ice cream recipe for the blog, so stay tuned for more because I’ll be making more during Summer season.

Let’s start with the recipe and if you want to watch how I made this ice cream, visit me on Instagram.

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Alfajor Cake

An alfajor is one of the most popular cookies in South America. The cookie part is soft like a shortbread cookie and the filling is dulce de leche. 

For Mother’s Day I wanted to make something that reminds me of my mom. She used to make alfajores all the time so I created this alfajor cake which is the perfect treat to celebrate Mother’s Day. 

This alfajor has five big cookie layers and the filling is a delicious “manjar de olla” which is made with sweetened condensed milk and evaporated milk. This “manjar de olla” is the Peruvian version of dulce de leche. 

The difference between dulce de leche, arequipe ,cajeta or manjar  is just how each country prefers to create their milk based caramel. 

Let’s start with the recipe and if you want to watch how I made this alfajor cake, visit me on Instagram @pastry_tales

Yield one 7 inch layer cake 

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