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Hola!  Welcome to the AMAUTA Spanish Schools blog!

At our Spanish Schools in Cusco and Buenos Aires, we provide the best Spanish courses and cultural immersion experiences for our students.  We encourage our students to step outside of the Spanish classroom, to enjoy the local culture, make Spanish-speaking friends, and travel in Peru and Argentina.  During or after finishing your Spanish course, we greatly encourage participation in our volunteer program in Cusco or Buenos Aires, where you will really get the chance to practice and improve your  Spanish language skills and give back to local community.

Here at our AMAUTA blog, we aim to keep you posted about what is happening out our Spanish schools, as well as what´s going on in and around the cities of Cusco and Buenos Aires.  We´ll also post fun articles about Peruvian and Argentinian culture, cuisine,  local fiestas, what to see in Cusco, & where to go in Buenos Aires, etc. 

We´ll include advice about which weekend excursions to sign up for and which free cultural activities are available. And after reading our section of student reports, you´ll know exactly why you want to study Spanish at AMAUTA in Cusco and Buenos Aires.  

Peru’s delicious desserts

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picarones-mazamorra

Peru’s delicous desserts

Before coming to Peru, I didn’t know much about Cusco and Peru other than Machu Picchu and a few other famous tourist destinations such as Lima, Nazca, Cusco…But  I definitely hadn’t heard of the booming Peruvian cuisine and of the incredible tasteful Peruvian desserts. To me, Peruvian kitchen was just rice, chicken and beans.  Shame on me. Now, after a few weeks in Peru learning Spanish in Cusco and living with a host family, I know better.  Peruvian cuisine is amazing and the country is full of great ‘postres’: Picarones, Mazamorra Morada with Arroz con Leche, and Champú de Guanabana,  just to name a few.

 

My personal favorite: Picarones

My personal favorite (at the moment) are the picarones.This sweet ring-shaped dessert (kind of  doughnut-like but crispy) is made of wheat flour mixed with squash and sweet potato. The dough is fried and sprinkled with a sweet syrup made of chancaca (a concentrate form of light molasses). (more…)

5 typisch Argentijnse zoete lekkernijen die je moet proeven

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Thursday February 27, 2014 - Posted by
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5 typical argentinian sweet treats

Zoals je misschien wel gemerkt hebt, heeft Argentinië een enorm groot aanbod van koekjes, snoepjes, cake en desserts. Als je dit nog niet had opgemerkt, schaam je dan! Om je een overzicht te geven van de beste zoete lekkernijen hebben we een top 5 voor je samengesteld.

  1. Dulce de Leche
    Dulce de leche betekent letterlijk zoetheid van melk. Deze zoete, bruine pasta is gemaakt van gecondenseerde melk, suiker en bakpoeder, wat samen langzaam wordt gekookt tot een karamel pasta. Deze hemelszoete pasta wordt meestal gebruikt als broodbeleg of verwerkt in cake, koekjes, ijs, pannekoeken en andere nagerechten. Ik raad iedereen aan om Dulce de Leche ijs te proberen in één van de velen heladerias (ijstentjes). Als je een echte zoetekauw bent kun je ook voor de Dulce de Leche Tentación gaan, die is nog een tikkeltje zoeter. Wees gewaarschuwd: veel studenten zijn al verslaafd geraakt aan deze pasta.

  2. Alfajores
    Deze koekjes zijn simpelweg heerlijk! Tegenwoordig bestaan er veel verschillende maten en soorten, wat het moeilijk maakt om te kiezen. Daarbij geeft dit mij alleen maar meer reden om ze allemaal uit te proberen. (niet goed voor mijn buikje) Deze sandwich koekjes zijn gevuld met dulce de leche, jam of chocolade mousse. Ze zijn vaak in poedersuiker gedoopt of omhuld in chocola of merengue. Degene op de foto is een Alfajor de Maicena en deze kun je bij de meeste panaderías (bakkerijen) vinden. De andere bekende Alfajor is de Marplatense, die omhuld is in chocolade. Je kunt deze zoete galletitas(koekjes) kopen in elke bakkerij, supermarkt of kiosk en er zijn zelfs speciale Alfajores winkels, zoals Havanna.
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5 typical Argentinian sweet treats you must try!

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Thursday February 27, 2014 - Posted by
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5 typical argentinian sweet treats

As you might have noticed, Argentina has an enormous selection of cookies, sweets, cakes and desserts. To give you an overview of the best sweet treats to try, we created a top 5:

  1. Dulce de Leche
    Dulce de Leche literally means “candy of milk.” This sweet, brown paste is made from condensed milk, sugar and baking powder, which is all slowly cooked together until it becomes a caramel paste. This heavenly sweet paste is mostly used as a spread on cakes, cookies, pancakes, ice-cream and other desserts. I recommend trying Dulce de Leche Ice-cream in one of the many heladerias (ice-cream shops). If you are a real sugar lover, you should go for Dulce de Leche Tentación. Warning: many students have become addicted to this paste.
  2. Alfajores
    These cookies are simply delicious! They exist in many different sizes and forms, which is only more reason to try them all! (Not all at once though, if you want to avoid a stomach ache.) These sandwich cookies are filled with dulce de leche, jam or chocolate mousse. They are often dusted in powdered sugar or have a chocolate or meringue coating. The one pictured is an Alfajor de Maicena and these are the ones you see in most panaderías (bakeries). The other famous alfajor is the Marplatense, which is covered in chocolate. You can find these sweet galletitas (cookies) in every bakery, supermarket or kiosco, and there are even special alfajores shops, such as Havanna.
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