Guatemalan Hojaldra is a delicious traditional Guatemalan toast, very similar to champurradas. They are very easy and quick to prepare, as well as being ideal to enjoy with a cup of coffee or hot chocolate in the middle of the afternoon.
But make no mistake, the “hojaldra” does not refer to the traditional puff pastry bread, which is that delicate, light and flaky pastry used in many deserts; the Guatemalan “Hojaldra'' is more like a buttery, sweet cookie. In Guatemala, when you visit any cafeteria or a traditional restaurant and you order a cup of coffee, you will regularly find one of these next to your cup of coffee.
- 1 lb. Of flour.
- 6 ounces or 180 grams of sugar.
- Pinch of salt.
- Vanilla essence.
- 4 ounces or 150 grams of unsalted butter.
- 1 tablespoon or 20 grams of royal or baking powder.
- 200 ml. milk.
Step 1 : Mix the flour, sugar, a pinch of salt, vanilla, baking powder, butter and milk. Mix all the ingredients with your hands to form a dough.
Step 2 : As soon as you have managed to mix all the ingredients, form small balls to put them aside.
Step 3 : Grease a baking sheet with a little butter and preheat the oven to approximately 300 degrees (Celcius).
Step 4 : Roll out each ball of dough and form small rounded rectangles (like the ones shown in the images above) and place them on the greased tray. Sprinkle a little sugar on each puff pastry.
Step 5 : Bake for about 25 minutes and that's it.
It is very simple right !!
Now you have your traditional Guatemalan cookies to accompany your mid-afternoon coffee.