Monday, July 19, 2010

Tortitas de Azucar Negra - Black Sugar Cakes

There is nothing more reminiscent of an Argentinean moment than to be gathered with family and friends having a mate (Yerba mate is a tea like drink).  When you drink mate, you normally have a little plate (or big!) of pastries or small cakes, salty and sweet depending if you have your mate with sugar or bitter!  I'll share some favourite mate food companions over the next few blogs - they can easily be eaten with a cup of tea of coffee - but if you can get your hands on some mate - give it a go for an authentic experience!

Tortitas de Azucar Negra

  • 4 cups of plain flour
  • 100grams of butter
  • 3/4 cup of milk
  • black sugar*
 *You can usually buy black sugar at Asian supermarkets where it is more commonly used.  Unlike processed sugar, black sugar contains molasses, plus potassium, iron, calcium and other minerals.  It is not the same as brown sugar... you can also buy it online.  If you find it impossible to buy black sugar you can replace with brown - but it doesn't have the same flavour...

Place the flour in a bowl and add the butter breaking it down with a fork.  Add the milk and mix with your hands until you have a soft dough.

Stretch out the dough into a 1/2cm thickness and cut out little round discs.  Place in a well lined tray.  Brush with water and sprinkle a good layer of black sugar over the discs of dough.

Place in a pre-heated oven at 180-200 degrees for 10-15 minutes until cooked through.

Eat as is - or add some butter for some delicious bite sized treats!

Cocinar, comer y ser feliz!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Borrachitos! Wine Syrup Cakes...

One of the fun discoveries as you grow up is to discover little hidden adult only treats full of alcohol!  The cakes that were always just out of reach when you were little.  One of the elusive treats which my grandfather Antonio loved that used to grace the parties was borrachitos made with white wine and wine syrup! 


  • 125grams of butter
  • 275 grams of sugar
  • ½ cup of white wine
  • 10 egg yolks
  • 210 grams of plain flour
  • 3 tea spoons of baking powder
Wine Syrup:
  • 440 grams of sugar
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 cup of white wine
Place the egg in a bowl and mix adding the sugar in small amounts.  Add the egg yolks one by one alternating with the wine, plain flour and baking powder.  Mix well.

Make the Wine syrup by putting all the ingredients into a  pot and stirring over a low heat to boil until syrupy texture is achieved.

In a well lined rectangular bowl place the cake mixture (about 2.5cm depth).  Place in 180 degree pre-heated over for 25mins until cooked through.  Once cooked through take out of the oven and leave to cool down.  Cut into squares and pour the wine syrup over the cakes and allow to dry (soak up) the syrup.  Serve and enjoy!

Cocinar, comer y ser feliz!
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