Chocolate Chip Alfajores

Happy Tuesday! It’s been so hot here in California that makes me not want to bake at all but yesterday I was craving some alfajores and I made these with a tiny bit of a twist. I added mini chocolate chips and let me tell you that it was the best idea that I could have to make my alfajores better. The chocolate chips are very good with the dulce de leche!

Let’s start with the recipe and don’t forget to follow me on Instagram @Pastry_Tales because I just posted the videos of how I made these delicious cookies.

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Pumpkin S’mores Cupcakes

Yes, you read it right … pumpkin baking season has just started in my kitchen and I thought that a great way to say “bye for now” to Summer and welcome Fall baking is with these delicious cupcakes.

These cupcakes have a graham cracker base, a light pumpkin spice cake (not heavy on spices) filled with chocolate ganache and topped with homemade marshmallow frosting that I toasted with a kitchen torch.

If you haven’t decided if you are ready for Fall yet, make these mini cakes, they are absolutely fabulous.

Video of how I made these cupcakes are on my Instagram highlights @Pastry_Tales

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Pina Colada Cake

I decided to make one more tropical/fruity Summer dessert before I start with Fall baking and I thought that pineapple was the perfect candidate for this occasion. This piña colada cake is super easy to make and delicious. This cake combines pineapple, coconut and rum in a way that is very light and not too dense like other pineapple cakes. The icing is a smooth pineapple-rum cream cheese frosting. 

I made this cake in a 8×8 inch square pan but if you want to make a bigger cake just double the ingredients.

Let’s start with the recipe. Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram to watch the videos of how I made this cake @Pastry_Tales

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Sourdough Discard Banana Bread

My husband has been making sourdough bread for some months now so he asked me if I wanted to do something with the discard he had over the weekend.

What is the discard? When you make sourdough bread you have a starter that you have to feed with flour and water. When you do that, you have to take some out of the container and this is called the discard. Some people use this discard to bake stuff like quick breads, crackers, cookies, etc.

Today, I’m going to show how to use this discard when making banana bread. The result of this experiment was amazing a delicious. You can taste a tiny bit of the sourdough not that much. It also helped to increase the rise.

If you make sourdough bread at home and you want to use the discard, this recipe is for you.

If you don’t have sourdough discard, you can till make this recipe, just add 1/4 cup more milk.

Videos of how to make this recipe are posted on my Instagram @Pastry_Tales

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Walnut Alfajores

Alfajores are one of the most popular cookies in Peru. They are usually made with all-purpose flour and cornstarch but today I want to show you how we can replace the cornstarch part with walnuts.

They are filled with dulce de leche which is a milk-based caramel. When I make alfajores, I usually buy a dulce de leche can by La Lechera but you can make your own Dulce de Leche, the recipe for this homemade dulce de leche or manjar is in another post.

Check out my Instagram stories/hightlights for this recipe so you can have a better idea of how to make these delicious cookies : @Pastry_Tales

Let’s start with the recipe. If you have any question, send me an email to pastrytales@gmail.com

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Orange Almond Cake

Orange is one of my favorite flavors when it comes to cake. In this recipe, I’m using all-purpose flour but also ground toasted almonds which gives a nice texture and flavor to the cake. I used orange zest and an organic orange extract that gives a delicious taste and aroma!

The icing is a light orange infused white chocolate ganache.

Let’s start with the recipe. Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram because I post the videos of how I make my desserts @Pastry_Tales

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Cinnamon Bundt Cake

Happy August! For me, this means that Fall baking season has started and that my house will start to smell and look like spices, pumpkins and all Fall related things!

This cinnamon cake is very easy to make and is super delicious. It has a soft crumb and a cinnamon-sugar layer that will melt in your mouth.

Videos for this recipe are on my Instagram @Pastry_Tales

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Bakery Style Banana Nut Muffins

In the past, every time I saw muffins at the store I used to think that my homemade muffins were not tall enough and did not have that nice dome on the top. After many years of baking, I found out the perfect way to make my homemade muffins be as pretty as the store-bought ones and tasting better. No more flat tops!

I’m making banana muffins because I think we all have some brown bananas at home waiting to be used. Don’t throw them away, try this recipe and enjoy these muffins with your family.

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Chaja Cake

Chaja cake is the famous lucious and naughty cake of Uruguay. Layers of sponge cake, peaches, dulce de leche , meringue and cream make this cake the perfect treat for any celebration. Might look a little bit complicated to make but if you follow all the steps of my recipe, you’ll achieve the perfect celebration cake ever! Plus, you can use canned peaches, perfect option for winter when fresh peaches aren’t available.

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Carmelita Bars

Happy Friday!! Here is a recipe that I’ve been thinking to post for a while… Carmelita Bars. I describe these bars as cookies in the shape of bars. The base and topping are made with oats, pecans, flour, vanilla extract. We add layers of chocolate chunks/chips an has a caramel sauce too. If you are a fan of chocolate and caramel, this recipe is for you!!

The video for this recipe is on my Instagram @Pastry_Tales

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