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tortas de aceite or olive wafers


I found tortas de aceite at a liquor store in town that has a specialty grocery in it.  These crisp breads are just a little bit sweet and I like them so I decided to try to make them.  Basically, it is a yeasted baked tortilla with a bit of sugar and anise.  Mister of mine calls them lembas bread after the Lord of the Rings.  I am not sure that one bit can fill a grown man's tummy for a day but it is a very nice light sweet.  I have actually changed the recipe I found to use sourdough and cinnamon.  Anise is not favored in our home and I do not buy yeast anymore.

Tortas de Aceite

2 tablespoons sourdough starter (or 2 large teaspoons yeast)

2 1/3 cup flour plus more for rolling

12 tablespoons water

6 tablespoons olive oil

1 teaspoon salt

sugar for topping

cinnamon or anise seeds for topping

The night before mix sourdough starter, water, and 1 cup of flour together.  If you are using yeast, you can mix the yeast, water, and 1 cup flour together here as well.  Let sit a minimum of eight hours.  Let it get nice and bubbly.  Take out two tablespoons of starter for your next batch of bread.

Add the olive oil and salt.

Mix very well!!!!  See how that looks?  It took a bit of work (yes, I do not have a stand mixer, just my wooden spoon!)

Add 1 1/3 cup flour.  The dough should look similar to above.  It will feel similar to tortilla dough.  Let sit for 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.

Make eight roughly even balls.  Roll them out to six to eight inches.  The larger they are rolled out, the crispier they will be come.  Mister decided he liked a little bit thicker.  Thinner is yummy and fun but they do have a tendency to shatter when you try to eat them.

Once you roll them out, place them on a cookie sheet that either has parchment paper or one of the silicon mats on it.  Sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon or sugar and anise seeds.  I find rubbing the sugar in a little bit helps.

Bake 10 to 12 minutes, or until golden.  They should look similar to the top of the page.  Very yummy!

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