I love Argentina....and I love facturas too!!
Facturas are sweet pastries that are eaten at breakfast time. They are made with a sweet, fluffy, kind of half puff pastry. They are filled with “dulce de leche”, "membrillo" (quince), or vanilla custard cream.
We could eat them for breakfast during the weekend remembering our trips to Argentina.
500 grams flour
3 teaspoons instant yeast
50 grams Sugar
250 grams cold milk
200 grams Butter
2 tablespoons honey
Mix everything together (except the butter) until you have a smooth soft dough. Let it rest at room temperature for 1 hour. With a rolling pin make a rectangle, and distribute the butter in the half. Fold it, and work it as you would made puff pastry. You have to make 4 turns with intervals of 20 minutes in the fridge to relax the dough and to avoid the butter to escape.
Make a rectangle and cut pieces to make the shapes. It is difficult to explain how to make the shapes, but you can find many videos in youtube. Let it rest for 1 hour. In the meantime, make a vanilla custard cream that can be used for the oven.
Vanilla custard cream for the oven
500 ml of milk
40 grams of flour
60 grams of cornstarch
280 grams of sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla paste
Mix all together, and cook it at medium heat until it thickens. Let it cool.
When the facturas has doubled in size, fill them with the Vanilla custard cream. Bake them in a preheated oven at 365F for 15 minutes or until golden brown. When you take them out of the oven, brush it with a basic home made syrup or apricot jam. I used home made apricot jam. ENJOY!!