It is time for alfajores. Alfa what you ask? Alfajores are sandwich cookies that first were popular in Spain and later on brought to the colonies in Latin America. Traditionally alfajores are filled with the caramel cream called dulce de leche. Today I brought along some with strong coffee flavor and caramel as the filling. If you want to go extra crazy, you may also use some flaky sea salt as a nice contrast. We are in the middle of my cookie week and since I am posting seven cookie recipes from my birth country Uruguay on seven consecutive days, you get coffee alfajores today.
Iced Coffee Cheesecake you don’t have to bake! That’s the star of today’s post. People have told me that it tastes a little like tiramisu, but it does not contain mascarpone or raw eggs, this truely is a cheesecake, combined with whipped cream and coffee you will have creamy deliciousness on your plate. I didn’t go for the traditional cookie or graham cracker crust, instead I decided for pumpernickel. Not sure if you have ever heard of it, this is extremely dark and moist bread from Germany. Obviously you can replace it, but the sweet rye bread does add a very nice touch to this cheesecake.
So as stated, the bottom layer is a mix up pumpernickel, butter and coffee, which serves as the crust. The second layer is a mix of cream cheese and whipped cream with coffee flavor, the thrid layer is the same plus melted chocolate, and the top layer is whipping cream combined with chocolate, dusted with some cocoa powder.
I recently introduced a new category here on the blog. I basically invite you to have a coffee with me, at least virtually. If you are interested in my previous blog posts of this category, check out the first, second and third blog post. Today I am sharing number 4. Because I actually do have something to share. We moved from Hamburg in the north of Germany back to the south to the beautiful city Munich.
I am neither from Munich nor Hamburg. I usually cringe if somebody asks me where I am from because I never know how to answer it. If I am lazy, I will say close to Bielefeld, which is a city in the middle of Germany. It is a place I lived in the longest so far. But if somebody insists and wants to know more details, I have to tell my patchwork bio. Because I was born in Uruguay, a beautiful and small country in Latin America. That’s why you will find my favorite cookies from Uruguay on my blog (chocolate and dulce de leche) or this super delicious peach cake with meringue from my city of birth.
I do love December, here in Germany advent is a special time with each Sunday being celebrated as one step closer to Christmas. I love the fact that, finally, it’s also the season in Germany for cookies. Can you believe it, you have to wait this long? I decided to go a little fancier today. Macarons are a perfect give-away, especially if you go with a strong coffee flavor as I did here, which cuts the sweetness of the macaron shells quite a bit. For that reason I thought salted caramel would be a good partner for coffee. But this is not regular caramel, no, it is dulce de leche, which means it is made of sweetened condensed milk, yum!
I have introduced a few macaron recipes on my blog. I started off with the summer version, which was also the first time I had ever made macarons. This was followed by heart-shaped macarons for Valentine’s. After that I introduced a recipe with real and strong strawberry flavor, until today I went for coffee macarons with dulce de leche filling.
Have you ever tried the Pumpkin Spice Latte at Starbucks? This is much better. Homemade is always better. Just check the ingredients list of the Starbucks Latte and you will understand. This homemade version is so easy, really doesn’t take much time. If you are anything like me and you need warm beverages in fall and winter, go with this soul-warming latte. It will bring some color to your life, smell nice, energize you and just be satisfying. For all my coffee lovers who like a little extra fall treat.