Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Tortas Frita

This recipe is one of those delicious magical recipes that  are so simple - and yet so delicious.  I remember there was always foods that only appeared on South American tables of families we would visit, so they were always 'festive' foods that you enjoyed and had that essence of traditionalism that surrounded the cacophony of passionate political discussions, crazy argentine soap operas, foot tapping music and futball!  Me... I was always in the kitchen eating...I mean... 'helping' out ;)  One of my favourite treats in these gatherings was Torta Frita, so delicious! I always remember that no matter how over indulgent these recipes look - for an every now and again treat - everything can be enjoyed in moderation!  I like to think of it as special treat Sundays whether once a week or once a month ...creating a moment where you have enough time to bake, and a great family day to enjoy a special treat or take on visits to other people's homes :) 


Tortas Fritas









 Ingredients

  • 2 cups of plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 40g of lard or butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup of cold water
  • Lard or oil for frying
  • Sugar


In a bowl mix plain flour, baking powder and salt.  With a fork mix the lard or butter into the mixture.  In the centre of themixture place the egg, and water.  Knead the mixture until dough like. 

Roll the dough out until approx. 1/2 cm thick.  With a round mold or a glass cut out circles in the dough and place to the side.  Torta Fritas don't have to be perfect - so you can even cut out free hand circular shapes or roll the dough in smaller balls and roll out in circular shapes 1/2cm thick.

Heat up the lard in  pan (or oil if you choose to use this) and once ready place the circles and fry.  Take out when fried (don't over fry them, just until the dough is golden brown).  Blot on paper to remove excess oil and leave to cool.

You can eat as is, some people like to sprinkle sugar on top.  A real treat!

You can see the live recipe at Cocina-de-Mama's YouTube channel!

Cocinar, comer y ser feliz!
Leticia

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