Facturas: A Guide To Argentina’s Breakfast Pastries

Nearly every other block in Buenos Aires has a panaderia (bakery). The bakers wake up extra early to cook and fully stock up their inventory. It’s an unavoidable smell every morning and it’s great. All the good bakeries have a line and sometimes a number system in the early morning waiting to get the freshest inventory. You’re given a pair of tongs and a basket. It’s a buffet of pastries row after row all smelling so delicious that it’s really difficult to know which ones to choose with such a huge selection. Usually there’s a poster that says if you buy a dozen, you get a deal. I’m always tempted to buy twelve but I know I couldn’t finish it without another four people to help. I can usually eat about four before I give up.

Eat The WorldThe most popular pastries are the Facturas. Bakeries are full of them but it’s also easy to find in supermarkets and cafes which often come with coffee. They are most often purchased by the dozen and shared among friends or co-workers with mate. It’s origins are from Europe and are similar to Danish pastries. They are covered in sugar so prepare for a massive amount. The most popular fillings dulce de lechecustard (crema pastelera), and quince paste (dulce de membrillo) — all three being my favorite. They come in different shapes and sizes as well with each of them having a separate name for the type.

The names of the facturas though are interesting.

On July 18, 1887 in Buenos Aires, an Italian anarchist named Ettore Mattei, created the Resistance Cosmopolitan Society and Placement of Workers Bakers. He lived in Argentina between 1885 and 1889 and was commissioned to draw up their constitutions. Errico Malatesta was commissioned to draw up their constitutions but in 1889, he leaves Argentina, leaving behind the militant union that he helped organize. The anarchists had to hide in Argentina due to their views and ideals.

Between 1894 and 1930, the society edited the newspaper El Obrero Baker using irony and sarcasm to name their pastries against the government and super powers. The names soon became commonly used  and even the churches became selling the pastries with all of them taunting the police.

The facturas no longer hold the same meaning as they once did but the history and names are still used.

Media Luna - Half Moon

Media Luna – Half Moon

Media Luna con Dulce de Leche - Half Moon with Milk Caramel

Media Luna con Dulce de Leche – Half Moon with Milk Caramel

Moño con Membrillo y Crema Pastelera - Bun with Quince and Cream Cake

Moño con Membrillo y Crema Pastelera – Bun with Quince and Cream Cake

Vijilante - Vigilant

Vijilante – Vigilant

Bola de Fraile con Dulce de Leche - Friar Ball with Milk Caramel

Bola de Fraile con Dulce de Leche – Friar Ball with Milk Caramel

Pañuelitos de Grasa - Fat Wipes

Pañuelitos de Grasa – Fat Wipes

A few images that I’m missing of popular facturas are cañoncitos (little cannons), miguelitos, and a few others that will eventually be added on here.

Have you tried facturas? Which are you favorites?

  • Ashley

    This post makes me want to buy my ticket for tomorrow instead of for November!
     

  • Ashley

    This post makes me want to buy my ticket for tomorrow instead of for November!
     

  • http://ExpertVagabond.com/ Matthew Karsten

    Mmmm. Nothing like eating some Fat Wipes for breakfast!

    They look delicious.  :)

  • http://expertvagabond.com/ Matthew Karsten

    Mmmm. Nothing like eating some Fat Wipes for breakfast!

    They look delicious.  :)

  • thetravelchica

    I never knew what the monos were called.  I cannot eat facturas in BA.  Just too much sugar and fat for me.  But I do remember the first time I visited BA in 2009 on vacation, and I thought they were the greatest thing ever.  On vacation, you can eat whatever you want :-)

  • thetravelchica

    I never knew what the monos were called.  I cannot eat facturas in BA.  Just too much sugar and fat for me.  But I do remember the first time I visited BA in 2009 on vacation, and I thought they were the greatest thing ever.  On vacation, you can eat whatever you want :-)

  • http://www.MyBeautifulAdventures.com/ Andi Perullo

    If I lived in BA I would literally eat these every single day and be 300 pounds but I would be so happy!

  • http://www.MyBeautifulAdventures.com/ Andi Perullo

    If I lived in BA I would literally eat these every single day and be 300 pounds but I would be so happy!

  • http://www.bestplacesinitaly.com/ Reinier italy travel

    Wow, those images makes me want to eat some sweets now. Every country has their own specialty of Pastries.

  • http://www.bestplacesinitaly.com/ Reinier italy travel

    Wow, those images makes me want to eat some sweets now. Every country has their own specialty of Pastries.

  • http://www.qualityhotelfortmcmurray.com/ Jonas Wynn

    Omg this made me so hungry…the Moño con Membrillo y Crema Pastelera (thats a mouthful) needs to be inside of me now! 

  • http://www.qualityhotelfortmcmurray.com/ Jonas Wynn

    Omg this made me so hungry…the Moño con Membrillo y Crema Pastelera (thats a mouthful) needs to be inside of me now!