OMG! — as you crazy kids are always saying these days — I just discovered the most delicious, crunchy, sweet, biscuit-cookie thingies I’ve ever had in my life!
They are called Ines Rosales Tortas de Aceite and they are made in Spain; in a little town near Sevilla to be exact. The tortas I got are sprinkled with chopped almonds. They are rich-tasting; not too sweet; and an anise seed here and there adds a barely perceptible hint of licorice.
I pictured these thingies being crafted individually, by hand, the way Carmen and her co-workers made cigars in another famous sevillano factory.
The importer, Mt. Vikos, gives us a little tour of the Ines Rosales pastillerie, and turns out they *are* made slowly and by hand in a tidy little factory where nobody appears to be dressed for flamenco dancing, and the guy in the picture with the dough mixer looks really bitchin in his jaunty white cap. No feo hairnets here, hombre!
Dang it, those links have gone bad. Not to worry, tho: the Ines Rosales website provides a beautiful bounty of detail about the company and its products…
God I love the Spanish. The most elegant people on earth.
And I love these tortas/biscuits/flat crunchy things from the Ines Rosales factory.
Emilie Garcia of Port Orchard, WA graciously posted a recipe for these delicious olive oil tortas right here in the comments. She writes:
I translated a recipe for these tortas from the Recetas de Mama website. The measurements are by weight, the way they cook in Spain and France. One gram = .035 oz.
Tortas de Aceite
50 gr (1 3/4 oz) olive oil
Peel of 1/2 lemon
1 T ground anise
180 gr (6 1/3 oz) flour
10 gr (1/3 oz) yeast
80 gr (2 3/4 oz) warm water
20 gr (3/4 oz) Anis del Mono (anisette liqueur)
1 T sesame seeds
15 gr (1/2 oz) sugar
Pinch of salt
Heat oil with lemon, remove from heat and add ground anise. When cool, add rest of ingredients and knead gently. Allow to rise until doubled. Make dough into little balls about the size of a walnut, and roll out thin. Sprinkle with sugar if desired and bake in 325 oven until golden. These go good with olive tapenade if made without the sugar.
Port Orchard, WA
Muchas muchas gracias, Emilie!
La Tilda sez: Do you love tortas de aceite — those delicious olive oil flatbread crisps from Spain? You can buy them online!