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What to eat with Dulce de Leche

maraki Feb 14, 2007 03:39 PM

I teach a Hispanic culture class to 10th grade students and part of our course is that we sample traditional foods on Fridays. There is no way to cook or heat in our classroom, so I'm a little limited in what I can do. This Friday, I am planning on introducing them to dulce de leche. I've made a batch already and my question is: what do I bring along for them to eat it on? Usually in my house it either goes onto alfajores, which I do not have time to make right now, or on a spoon straight out of the container!

Any suggestions for easy vehicles for dulce de leche will be greatly appreciated (bonus points for cheap!).

"Sra. K"

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    Meann Feb 14, 2007 03:43 PM


    1. Pat Hammond Feb 14, 2007 03:50 PM

      How about graham crackers?

      1. cristina Feb 14, 2007 03:55 PM

        Is there a Latin market near you? Stop in and pick up as many Marías--a barely sweet, flat, round cookie--as you'll need for your class. Marias are from Mexico and will go well with your project. They're very cheap, too. Here in Guadalajara, we often spread dulce de leche on Marías--when we're not licking it off a spoon, straight out of the jar!

        Here's a picture of what to look for:

        1. bolivianita Feb 14, 2007 04:00 PM

          Bread! I love dulce on toast with my morning coffee. The Maria cookies are a good idea too. They are kind of like Animal Crackers in flavor. Not too sweet.

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            kittyfood Feb 14, 2007 05:33 PM

            I don't know if you have a freezer near your classroom, but my husband loves it on vanilla ice cream.

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              jsaimd Feb 14, 2007 05:55 PM

              Marias are best, but nilla wafers or animal crackers (not cookies) are mild tasting.

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                piccola Feb 14, 2007 06:49 PM

                Fruit slices. Or if you'd rather skip the prep time, pretzels.

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                  rexmo Feb 15, 2007 04:35 AM

                  Can you find wafer cookie sheets? I get them at the same Cuban market that carries Argentine DDL.

                  With some chopped nuts stirred in, right out of the spoon is, well, nuts.

                  1. NiKoLe1625 Feb 15, 2007 05:00 AM

                    i dont know if saltines would be good because of the salty taste, but i would go with something like Nilla Wafers or just some white bread!

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                    1. re: NiKoLe1625
                      cristina Feb 15, 2007 05:50 AM

                      The combination of saltines and Marias is fantastic--reminiscent of those all-the-rage salted caramels that everybody is touting right now. Try it!

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                      marlie202 Feb 15, 2007 05:09 AM

                      with bananas or steamed or lightly fried platanos

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                      1. re: marlie202
                        paulj Feb 15, 2007 06:41 PM

                        I bought on clearance, a couple of jars of banana flavored dulce de leche from Argentina. A bit different, but not bad.


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                        maraki Feb 15, 2007 05:39 AM

                        Thanks for all the great suggestions! I already brought them chocolate with maria cookies once, but I think I'll combine lots of these suggestions and make a tray with marias, some fruit, and toast and bring that in. I'll look for the wafer cookies too, I think the Russian market near my house sells them. Thanks again!

                        1. Kajikit Feb 15, 2007 06:38 AM

                          Plastic teaspoons! I'm sure they'll love the stuff straight off the spoon...

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                            annimal Feb 15, 2007 01:35 PM

                            in some parts of brazil, they eat dulce de leche with cheese (queijo minas, to be specific). i've also had it as a filling for layer cakes, and mostly just eaten it on cookies like the marias. yum yum!

                            1. cristina Feb 16, 2007 02:37 PM

                              Inquiring minds want to know: what did the kids think of dulce de leche, and which of the several conveyances did they like the best? Post a report, please!

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