Ines Rosales Tortas de Aceite

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.
Maravilloso!

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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.

Emilie Garcia
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!


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18 comments to Ines Rosales Tortas de Aceite

  • Recently I tried this madnificent cookies.I fell in love with them,and every single person in my house.They are unique and delicate.I would like to find the recipe.

  • Emilie Garcia

    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.

    Emilie Garcia
    Port Orchard, WA

  • I’ve tried your recipe and i’m planning to include it in my web of recipes. Check It out please.

    Greetz

    Alba Martin

  • I’ve also tried it and it came out wonderful, thanks for this.

  • Robi

    Just found this recipe on the Recetas de Mama website and was looking for help converting the metric measurements. Thanks for the translation. Love those tortas de aceite!

  • [...] de Aceite Adapted from Tildology Makes 6 [...]

  • I’m in good company here! I love your recipe…except that I will use anise extract in my next batch, since I have that in the cupboard. Great job and I plan to chronicle it in my blog. Will link yours to my comments!

    Thanks!

  • nancy

    I want to make a savory one to use as a tapas and will use this as a base.

  • Mitch

    Thanks! Have wanted this recipe for ages.Can you tell me _does 1 T mean 1 teaspoon or tablespoon and also do you add the yeast (presumably dried) straight to the mixture or do you have to mix it with the warm water first? Thanks again!

  • 1 T means 1 tablespoon.

    I mixed the dry yeast with the other ingredients and then added the warm water. They turned out fine — but I’m not really sure if we’re supposed to do it that way or if I just got lucky?

    Buena suerte! They really are delicious. :)

  • Lisa

    Thanks for the recipe! I just found these in my local store and decided to give them a try. Unfortunately they must have been stored incorrectly, as there was a very bitter taste about them– probably the anise seeds going rancid. But they were yummy enough for me to quickly figure out that these would be delicious to make fresh- and now I can!

  • Hi Lisa: Oh no! That’s unfortunate. I really wonder what’s going on with the Ines Rosales company — I don’t see their tortas de aceite in my local grocery store anymore, but the store IS stocking another brand — Mitica — also made in Sevilla, also wrapped in wax paper ….Wonder what’s up with that?! Anyway, thanks for stopping by, and I hope you enjoy your homemade tortas de aceite. Mmmmmmmm!! :)

  • marina

    The ones I got recently were from Sevilla, wrapped in wax paper- and were very bitter,
    so much so that I wondered if they were poisoned. Previously the same brand of product
    was wonderful. Will try to make my own, maybe…

  • Yikes. Again I wonder: what the heck is going on with tortas de aceite factories?? I mean, how many of them can there be in the Sevilla vicinity? Weird….

  • [...] de Aceite – (recipe adapted from Tidology) Ingredients 50 gr (1 3/4 oz) olive oil Zest of 1 orange 180g flour + extra for rolling 7g yeast [...]

  • Thanks for your post! we have just found it! late but we hope we´re on time to tell you that we really appreciate your kind words about our company & products! We hope you can come to seville one day and visit us!
    We´re on facebook http://www.facebook.com/tortasinesrosales and twitter http://twitter.com/#!/INESROSALESsau
    have a nice day!
    Nieves
    Inés Rosales SAU

  • Thank you, Nieves! Two dear friends of mine recently moved to Sevilla, and I very much hope to someday be able to visit them, and all of you at the Ines Rosales factory. Un abrazo fuerte!

  • ohh, a good recipe, very simple and quickly

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