Are you open to listening to God talk to you? I didn’t have a clue about this 10 years ago. God can talk to us at church, through a bible verse, through music, a conversation with a friend, or billboard sign. Being more aware of our surroundings, reflecting on both our conversations and the days events are good ways to see if God is talking to you.
I know I mentioned in one of my very first posts about a coincident and how I call these a Godincident instead. I learned this from a friend. Talk about a Godincident…last night as I was drifting off to sleep I was watching Gordon Ramsay’s show Ultimate Cookery Course. He was making all this yummy street food. This morning after I walked my dogs and turned on the TV to get the news I switched the channel and the same Gordon Ramsay episode was on. I wasn’t really paying attention because I was writing a debrief for a school function I helped with last week. Later in the morning I thought I would Facetime my sister. I was telling her about how I was having a tea at my home on Monday and saw this recipe about these dulce de leche cookies on the Gordon Ramsay show and she was like “are they called Alfahores”? I was like “OMG, YES” She went on to explain that her friend, who is a foodie, raved about these cookies after a coworker of her husband had given them some at Christmas. She had just sent my sister the recipe. That my friends is a Godincident:) They can be something this “small” (nothing is really small when you are talking about God:-) or they can be life changing.
I have been keeping a journal with my Godincidences for about a year. When I go back and look at them I am amazed at how often God has spoken to me. Start your journal today:)
Alfahores de Maicena (Argentina Dulce De Leche cookies)
The beauty of this recipe is that is came to my sister from a friend whose family had passed it down and was typed by a typewriter! I can just imagine how old it is and how meaningful it is to the family.
I halved the recipe to make mini cookies
2 C corn starch plus more for sprinkling on counter
1 1/3 c flour
1/2 t baking soda
2 T baking powder
2 sticks of butter
3/4 C sugar
3 Egg yolks
1 T vanilla extract
1 T cognac
Powdered sugar for dusting cookies
Preheat oven to 350F
1. Mix corn starch, flour, baking soda, and baking powder in a large bowl with a spoon.
2. In a separate bowl, whip the butter and sugar until pale and sugar is dissolved. (I did this by hand with wooden spoon, but using a mixer is fine)
3. Add egg yolks, vanilla extract, and cognac into the butter mixture and whip until combined. (I did this by hand with wooden spoon, but using a mixer if fine)
4. Gradually add the dry ingredients into the butter mixture, mixing each time until combined.
5. Sprinkle corn starch onto counter and knead dough a few times until dough is soft and then form into a ball and leave to rest in bowl for 15 minutes. (I found my dough to be very easy to work worth. It was smooth)
6. Add more corn starch to counter if needed and roll out to about 1/8 inch thick and cut into rounds with cookie cutter or glass. I made mini cookies so used a small cutter. Mine was about 2 inches wide and scalloped.
7. Put rounds on cookie sheet about 1 inch apart and bake for about 8-10 minutes until light golden. The bottoms will be darker than the tops.
8. Once cool, fill with Dulce de Leche (recipe below) and sprinkle with powdered sugar.
Homemade Dulce de Leche http://www.howtocookthat.net/public_html/dulce-de-leche-recipe/ (I have made Dulce de Leche from sweetened condensed milk before, but it is way to sweet for these cookies. I used this recipe instead and when followed works very well. If you are using a vanilla bean do not add it until the very end after you have strained the DDL into your glass bowl, otherwise it will be lost when you skim the milk during cooking. I learned this the hard way!) I found myself skimming the whole time, but the last 15 minutes I just stirred instead. My total cooking time was 1 hour 15 min. This recipe does require attention but it is better than the 5 hours I spent in the kitchen yesterday with the sweetened condensed milk and the taste is beautiful compared to the sweetened condensed version.
Makes about 40 small cookie sandwiches, so 80 pieces when the recipe is halved