Queen Máxima is celebrating her 49th birthday on 17 May 2020 and shares her mother’s recipe for her favourite Alfajores with Dulce de Leche biscuits.

Queen Máxima with Alfajores with Dulche de Lech. Photo: Facce

The Dutch Royal House has posted Queen Máxima’s recipe on their official Facebook page.

At this time I celebrate my birthday at home with a typical Argentinian delicacy: Alfajores with Dulce de Leche. I grew up with Alfajores, they are my favourite biscuits!

I bake them according to my mother’s recipe, which I like to share with you. So you can bake them yourself at home!

Queen Máxima of the Netherlands, 17 May 2020 (English translation)

Alfajores with Dulce de Leche

We have translated Queen Máxima’s recipe from Dutch into English.

Ingredients

Biscuits:

  • 300 g cornstarch
  • 200 g flour
  • 200 g butter (at room temperature)
  • 150 g sugar
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon of soda (sodium bicarbonate)
  • 2 level teaspoons of baking powder
  • the marrow from a small vanilla pod or a pinch of vanilla powder
  • grated zest from 1 lemon
  • 1 teaspoon cognac

Filling:

  • Dulce de Leche (ready-made or homemade with condensed milk and sugar.)
  • grated coconut

Here’s a home-made recipe for Dulce de Lech from Taste.com – https://www.taste.com.au/recipes/dulce-de-leche/78aece93-9693-484d-85e9-e2fee238c6f0

Method

Preheat the oven to 160°C.

Mix all dry ingredients with the softened butter in a bowl. Add the egg yolks and brandy and knead by hand into a firm dough. Form a ball and let it rest for about an hour. Sometimes it seems like the dough is not sticking together, then add 2 spoons of lemon juice!

Roll out the dough so it is about 5 mm to 7 mm and cut out circles using a 4 cm diameter biscuit cutter (or glass).

Then place the rounds on a baking tray lined with baking paper, about 2 cm apart.

Bake the biscuits at 160°C for 10 to 12 minutes. The biscuits should discolour a little, not too much otherwise they will become too dry and break.

When the biscuits are ready, take them out of the oven and let them cool.

Always stick two biscuits together with a layer of dulce de leche. Spread the dulce de leche well to the edge. You then roll those edges through the grated coconut.

The Alfajores de dulce de Leche are ready: enjoy!

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