argentina's Medialuna

I have to admit: I am a little embarrassed that I have been living in Argentina for five months and running this website/blog for three… but I have yet to mention medialunas. Considering that they are one of the most delicious things I have ever tasted, a morning ritual for me, the husband, and the dog and a staple of Argentine cuisine… I should be ashamed.

But then again, I don’t feel so bad. This is officially my 100th post (whoopie!!!!) and I wanted it to be a special one. And medialunas… well, they are quite special!

The word medialuna means “half moon”, and that is exactly what these delicious, flaky little pastries resemble. Hot out of the oven, they are crunchy and flaky on the outside and doughy in the middle . . . when eating one, I almost feel like I have to do it in slow motion. They are THAT good.

It wasn’t love at first sight. The first time my husband ordered one, I thought, “Great. A croissant. Where is something authentic?” Turns out that yes, medialunas are basically croissants. But Argentines have definitely made them their own: they can be ordered “de manteca,” which means that they are coated with a delicious, sugary and buttery glaze. They could not get any better. After my first bite I looked at my husband and said, “Medialunas will be the death of me.”

I’ve managed to keep my slight obsession under wraps, but I already know that they will rank high on my list of things I miss about this country when we choose to leave Argentina.

Want to try your hand at making medialunas? I found a recipe online. I haven’t tried it yet, but it has received some rave reviews!