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Argentina is known for its fabulous foods, especially for all the delicious sweets and baked goods that are found in the countless deli’s located on almost every block throughout the city.   One of the most famous baked goods that you will find is called Pasta Flora, a traditional pastry filled with different flavors of jam and a definite favorite among Argentine’s looking for something sweet.

Pasta Flora


2 eggs
1 cup icing sugar
1/2 cup butter, melted and cooled
1/2 cup shortening, room temperature
2 tsp vanilla
2 tsp milk
1/8 tsp salt
2 tsp baking powder
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup jam/marmalade/mambrillo

Mix the eggs, the sugar, the butter, and shortening until smooth. Add vanilla, milk, and salt, adding the flour, baking powder mix, and roll the mixture until it becomes a dough ball.
Preheat the oven to 350F and line a baking pan with parchment paper.
Press half of the dough in the pan, spreading it evenly and covering with the jam. Take the other half of the dough and roll it out on a non-stick surface, and cut it into 14-18 strips.  Once you have all the strips, cross them over the pan with the dough and the jam, creating a top surface that looks like a graph.
Place the pastry in the oven and bake for 15-20 minutes, waiting until the dough is a golden brown color.

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