Culinary tour to Argentina, Panqueques de Dulce de Leche





I can't believe it, it's finally here! I've decided to participate in a blogger event and I made it to the end. On top of that, it's a wonderful event! I joined Culinary Tour 2010, hosted by Joan from Foodalogue. The theme for this year is "South of the Border". This week we are in Argentina.



Argentine cuisine stems from the combination of Spanish, French, Italian and other European cuisines. Another important factor is that the Argentina is one of the world's major food producer. Who doesn't know Argentine beef? What really surprised me was that Argentineans eat a lot of pasta. Mmmm, I love pasta. But you already know that. I wanted to try something special, something I didn't know, and of course, as typical as possible. Well, I'm not sure I met these requirements when talking about crepes. However, I read that Panqueques de Dulce de Leche are very popular Argentine dessert. And, Dulce de Leche on its own is the most typical and favorite dessert.




When I tried to find a dish to recreate I liked several of them. For example Argentine locro soup was my hot favourite and I will definitely give it a go sometimes because it looked extremely delicious. My final choice - Panqueques de Dulce de Leche was influenced by the fact that I heard about Dulce de Leche couple of weeks ago, when I read David Lebovit'z post about Food Bloggers Camp in Mexico. I googled Dulce de Leche instantly, and it looked very intriguing. Oh yes, can you believe it? I'd never heard of it before that!

So what I can say? Be careful. Dulce de Leche is pretty darn addictive! :)




Panqueques de Dulce de Leche/ Crepes with Dulce de Leche

Crepes
3 eggs
2 cups milk
1 cup plain flour
pinch of salt
1 tsp sugar
1 tbsp melted butter
vegetable oil for frying


1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, flour, milk, salt and sugar. Add the melted butter and whisk until fully incorporated.

2. Heat a lightly greased frying pan over a medium heat. Ladle or pour a little batter (depending on your frying pan size, just enough so it will thinly coat your pan) into the pan and tilt and rotate the pan until the batter coats the bottom evenly. Cook over medium-high heat until the edges start to brown. Flip the crepe and cook the second side for a few more seconds.

3. Remove the cooked crepe from the pan and place it on a plate.


Dulce de Leche
1000 ml whole milk
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/4 tsp baking soda
1 vanilla bean, split (optional)

1. In a medium heavy-bottomed saucepan, combine the milk, sugar and baking soda. Stir well to dissolve the sugar.

2. Bring to a boil over medium heat without stirring. Remove from the heat and skim off any scum on top.

3. Add the vanilla bean (if using) and bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce the heat to very low and simmer gently for 1 hour, stirring frequently.

4. Remove the vanilla bean (if using) and discard it. Continue to simmer gently for another 1/2 - 1 hour over very low heat, stirring frequently, until thickened and caramelised. Remove from heat and let it cool.

5. Dulce de Leche can be stored in a refrigerator in a clean glass jar for 1-2 weeks.

39 comments :

  1. Very nice post. Here in So Florida, panqueques de dulce de leche is a very popular dessert in Argentine restaurants so I've actually tasted these. I can attest to their deliciousness. You did a lovely job and I'm impressed you made your own dulce de leche. Thanks for joining the tour.

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  2. Thank you Joan. I think I will make my own dulce de leche more often now! :)

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  3. Amazing. What mouth watering photos! A dish to make me want to lick the plate :)

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  4. i love ducle de leche- on toast in the morning, especially. crepes are of course another fave of mine, this dish is really, really delicious and beautiful, as well. v pretty photos, Sari. the one of the jar from a bird's eye view is particularly nice. hope you had a lovely weekend. x shayma

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  5. Luscious dulce de leche Sari!

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  6. What a beautiful post. These panqueques look fantastic.

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  7. That combination looks mighty delicious!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  8. Oh sari as ever gorgeous photos! Well done and sounds like so much fun! I'm going to look into this when i get back i'd love to join if still an opportunity!

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  9. I can't believe you'd never heard of dulce de leche! I grew up on dulce de leche biscuits, it's so delicious. I buy tins of it at a time, made from condensed milk. Never tried the homemade stuff, though, do you know if its a lot better than the tinned?

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  10. I adore dulche de leche and have some in the fridge at the moment - I think I'll be putting it on my pancakes soon. Very nice pictures.

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  11. i love dulce de leche...yummmmmo!! ice cream ,coffee,crepe u name it ..its wonderful and goes with everything :D

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  12. yum yum Sarka! Love dulce de leche. I have a friend who bring a suitcase full of it each time she goes to Argentina ;)

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  13. Your photographs are just stunning. I'll be back! Such a pleasure meeting you.

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  14. Fabulous dessert crepes! Love them and the photos are mouthwatering! Yum I also want to make Dulce de Leche. Congrats on your first food blogger event! Now come over and do my Monthly Mingle!

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  15. Superb Sari.....Love the way the dulce de leche looks....and the Panqueques....I ♥ Argentina. BTW, this weekend, I made dulce de leche in the microwave.....and though it was .....full of drama, there was success in the end and it took less than 20 minutes!!!

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  16. Oh how divine - I can't show this to B because he will ask for it, no, DEMAND it! He *loves* anything dulce de leche. Hmmmm... maybe a valentines special for him? Gorgeous photos honey

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  17. Your photos are incredible! I live in Argentina, so I know a good panqueque con dulce de leche when I see one. These meet the criteria, and then some!

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  18. That just looks absolutely delicious (and gorgeous!) I have heard about Dulce de Leche now many times (ever since I started blogging, as before I had never heard of it) but I have never tried attempting to make it. Heard things about exploding cans and such but this sounds like a safe recipe to give it a try!

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  19. dulce de leche is one of my most favorite things in the world. your photos are absolutely stunning!

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  20. Dulce de leche is indeed magnificent stuff, here in France they make something similar in spirit, called confiture de lait (milk jam). I was admiring your photos, especially the one of the cute jar taken from above, and then I suddenly noticed how dark the dulce de leche is. I scrolled down and saw your recipe, which is different from the version my Argentinian and Chilean friends showed me. They simply take an unopened can of condensed milk and cook it on the stove in a pan of hot water for about three hours. They keep adding water to ensure that the can is submerged. That's it. You open the can and there it is, fabulously caramel-colored dulce de leche. Oh, you've gone and put me in the mood...thanks for the inspiration!

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  21. PS: also, let the can cool a good while before opening, to let the pressure equalize inside the can. Happy spoon-licking!

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  22. You have a great Blog! beautiful food and I really like your spin on the beef balls..great dulce de leche I will be back to see you!

    Ciao

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  23. Yep, dulce de leche is pretty addicting but from the looks of it - so are your panqueques! I am so intrigued about the foodalogue group - lots of great photographers/bloggers have been bandying around this idea. I would love to join!

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  24. WOW gorgeous pictures! Everything looks absolutely delicious!

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  25. Thank you everyone for your kind comments! Much appreciated!!

    @shayma - I have to try dulce de leche on toast, sounds great! :)

    @Elra - Thank you!

    @Memória - Thank you. They were delicious I have to say! ;)

    @Rosa's Yummy Yums - Oh yes, it was an amazing combination!

    @Bethany - you can still join the Culinary tour! Go ahead, it so much fun! :)

    @Jisusu - yeah, I know it's unbelievable! :) But I think it's never late for dulce de leche. I don't know if the homemade one is better than the tinned. I've only ever tasted my homemade one! But I definitely wanna buy one to try if it is different.

    @Sarah - Where did you buy your dulce de leche? I'd love to try a tinned one.

    @B & D - Oh, dulce de leche with coffee sounds very intriguing!

    @Alessio Fangano - oh, I can understand your friend now! :)

    @solstice letters - my pleasure meeting you! What a nice blog you have!

    @Jamie - I look for recipes for your Monthly Mingle!!! :) I make sure I'll join you!

    @Kitchen Butterfly - Oh, you are very brave Oz! :) But I believe it was worth it in the end! :)

    @Mowie - I totally understand to B! :) And you should make it for him! ;) A Valentines special sounds like a good plan! ;)

    @Katie - I'm honored to get a compliment from an expert! ;)

    @Junglefrog - this is definitely a safe way to make dulce de leche. It just takes a little longer, but it is worth your time! :)

    @my spatula - It's definitely become one of my favourite things! Thank you for stopping by! Your blog is amazing!

    @Tammy - Thank you for the recipe! I found a recipe using a can of condense milk but I wanted to make my first dulce de leche from scratch. :) I will try your recipe next time!

    @natural selection - thank you for stopping by and your kind words! Look forward to seeing you back here! :)

    @Trissa - Go ahead and join the group. The more the merrier! :)

    @Simply Life - thank you! :)

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  26. Such a beautiful blog with great recipes. Thanks for sharing.

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  27. What beautiful photos! Love it.

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  28. Ah thats heavenly! Stunning clicks!

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  29. Oh my these look completely decadent!! My daughter and I love dulce de leche and pairing them with crepes is an amazing idea. This might be a must for next weekend!

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  30. Magnifiques photos again. Just for that it's worthed to follow your blog :)

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  31. @Nirmala - thank you for your nice comment!
    @Sook - Thank you. I'm pleased you like my photos! ;)
    @Parita - Thank you!
    @loneilteaches - Yeah, it's a winning combo! I've eaten too many of them! :)
    @Helene - Oh, thank you Helene for your generous praise!

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  32. What lovely memories your post bought back, I was head over heels when I "discovered" dulce de leche. Well done for entering the comp.

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  33. Oh.... you had me at hello! Dulce du leche is one of the most sinfully addictive things in the world! Gorgeous pics too...

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  34. Very lovely sauce. I think I'll pour it over everything....pancakes, biscuits, bread, fruits, ice cream.....yum

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  35. A delicious travel with wonderful photos. We can't resist and you offer that so kindly :-)
    Cheers

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  36. wow... great blog. i love your photography and can't wait to read more!

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  37. I adore sweet crepes and these look scrumptious! Your photos are lovely as well. Cheers to dulce de leche!

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  38. Thank you all for your nice and warm comments!!

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