Friday, June 24, 2011

Baguio: Alfajor-Caramel Sandwich Cookies

Little did I know some facts about the alfajor, whose gaining popularity now. Friends took note of bringing home with them a canister of alfajor from Good Shepherd. When in Baguio, its been a habit-forming to drop by the Mountain Maid Training Center of the nuns to get hold of the original purveyors of Good Shepherd's ube jam, strawberry preserves, lengua & peanut brittles.

Alfajor confection is a caramel filled [dulce de leche] shortbread sandwich cookies, made of flour, sugar, butter, lemon rind, salt, milk, caramel filling & confectioner's sugar. Its a soften cookies with same texture as with its fillings, it kinda melts into the mouth. Great to have it with tea or coffee. Although the roots of alfajor variations is claimed by the South Americans/Latin America [Argentina, Peru, Uruguay & Mexico]. Alfajores as as widely known can trace its origin back from the Moorish occupation in Andalusia, Spain & Mediterranean regions. No wonder Filipinos adopted this culinary tradition as part of the Spanish colonization. 
Good Shepherd is within the vicinity of of Mine's View Park, skipped the park and go straight to the shop.  From these days, you got to have patience in long ques of customer who wanted to buy and the staff cashier/nuns they get somewhat grumpy [masungit], we understand the condition, maybe they were just tired and weary, and they were already locked-dead doing the same job day after another. But at the end of the day, the Good Shepherd Sisters of Baguio's mission was accomplished, great sales means good advocacy for the Cordillera Youth's education campaign.