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Spanish Olive Oil and Fennel Wafers

Tortas de Aceite

Tortas de Aceite

Spanish sugar coated olive oil and fennel wafer biscuits have no local equivalent in flavour or texture. When I lived in Melbourne I could buy imported Ines Rosales brand Tortas de Aceite from specialty retailers, but they came with a hefty price tag, upward $12AU.

In Spain they are easy to find and cheap, every supermarket has them on their shelf. They’re not particularly exciting to look at, but the thin discs of pastry have a delicious slightly sweet, lighted salted subtle fennel flavour. I like them with wine, I like them with tea and coffee, actually I like them too much.

There is nothing tricky in the making although I did simplify the recipe in my inimitable style.

Tortas de Aceite are usually made with wheat flour but the recipe I used recommended spelt as an alternative. There was no compromise to the texture or flavour, in fact they are very much like the genuine Spanish tortas. They are usually about 10cm in diameter, saucer size, but I made them smaller in the hope that the batch would last longer, probably a tad optimistic on my part seeing how much I like them.

My recipe for Tortas de Aceite made with spelt flour is adapted from a recipe of the same name on Kellie’s Food to Glow. Thanks Kellie, this recipe’s a winner.

Spanish Olive Oil Wafers with Fennel Seed

1 1/2 cups white spelt flour

1 teaspoon fennel seeds, coarsely ground

1 teaspoon fine salt

1 teaspoon baking powder

4 teaspoons sesame seeds

4 tablespoons brown sugar

80 mls  of good quality extra virgin olive oil

70 mls cold water

1 egg white whisked until foamy

1/2 cup approx raw sugar (demarera)

Preheat the oven to 200C.

Mix together all the dry ingredients, a whisk will help break up any lumps of the brown sugar.

Add the oil and water and stir until combined.

Tip the dough onto the bench and lightly knead until all the ingredients are thoroughly combined and the dough is pliable and feels a little oily.

Roll the dough into balls about 3cm in diameter.

Place onto baking paper lined trays, I got six on each, then using the palm of your hand and fingers, flatten the dough as thinly as possible without tearing. The discs should be about 8cm in diameter.

Brush each disc with egg white then sprinkle with raw sugar.

Bake until golden brown, 8-10 minutes. Remove to a wire rack to cool.

Continue until all the dough is baked.

Makes about 30 tortas de aceite, 8cm round

Store in an airtight container

About ladyredspecs

I live in sunny Brisbane, Australia. My love of good food drives me as a cook, a reader, a traveller, an artist and but mostly as an eater. I cooked professionally for many years but have no formal training. Simply guided by a love of eating good food, respect for ingredients and an abhorrence of artificial additives, I cook instinctively applying the technical know how acquired by experience. I hope you enjoy what I share Sandra AKA ladyredspecs

39 comments on “Spanish Olive Oil and Fennel Wafers

  1. sunnydaysinseattle
    October 18, 2016

    Oh my god. These look so good.

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    • ladyredspecs
      September 11, 2016

      Thanks for the shout out Chez and the great list of bloggers for me to check out 💐

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  3. FarmerFi
    July 25, 2016

    These sound amazing! Thanks for sharing 🙂

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  4. Gretchen
    July 11, 2016

    I’ll have to try this recipe. I tried another torta recipe and they didn’t turn out,as I’d hoped. We also discovered them at our market and were hooked, not on the price though. Now I can try to make them again.

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  5. chefceaser
    July 7, 2016

    Reblogged this on Chef Ceaser.

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  6. dunelight
    June 27, 2016

    I use spelt in noodles but when I try it in pastry it falls apart. I ‘do’ make good pastry so I am going to bookmark this for colder weather when I’m around the house more.
    Thanks!

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    • ladyredspecs
      June 27, 2016

      i’ve struggled to make light and flaky spelt pastry, but these biscuits are wonderful. Maybe I need to rethink pastry….

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  7. Michelle
    June 26, 2016

    Oh how I love those! And, yes, they’re very pricey here, too. So thanks!

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  8. Beck @ Goldenpudding
    June 25, 2016

    I’ve never even heard of these Sandra, so can’t wait to try!

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  9. chef mimi
    June 24, 2016

    These sound so wonderful! And they’re pretty!

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  10. I have never tried these… It’s time I do. I’m especially curious of the fennel sweetened with the sugar. Interesting.

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  11. Eha
    June 24, 2016

    Oh- a definite yum from this non-baker! And a totally new concept to boot!! They look gorgeous! With some 22 nights of staying up until all hours from next weekend to watch my beloved ‘Tour de France’ [Go team Sky and Chris Froome!!!!!] I might even indulge in something called a ‘snack’ which I normally avoid . . . oh, methinks they would disappear SO fast !!!!

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    • ladyredspecs
      June 24, 2016

      They did disappear quickly so I’m hestitating about making another batch. Super yum from me…

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  12. Lisa @ cheergerm
    June 23, 2016

    Well they look delicious! They look like a Spanish brandy snap almost? The idea of fennel in a sweet biscuit is just wonderful. I have not yet tried these kind of bikkies. On the list.

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    • ladyredspecs
      June 23, 2016

      No quite different to brandy snaps, no as sugary or caramelized, a subtle fennel flavour and crisp pastry like texture

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  13. Leah
    June 23, 2016

    I can testify to the yumminess of these, they are amaaazing!

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    • ladyredspecs
      June 23, 2016

      Thanks for the vote of confidence Leah, they WERE really delicious

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  14. Debra Kolkka
    June 23, 2016

    I will be back in my Brisbane kitchen very soon and eager to do some cooking. The recipe looks great, thanks.

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  15. Debi @ My Kitchen Witch
    June 23, 2016

    Oh my! These are likely to surpass your nutty oat cakes which I make regularly. Can’t wait to try, but will substitute Greek olive oil, though. Might be really really good with cheese – that sweet/salty combination.

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    • ladyredspecs
      June 23, 2016

      The sugar on top might make them too sweet for cheese. You could omit it, or replace it with salt or maybe a bit of each. They are equally delicious as the oat and walnut crackers…

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  16. ardysez
    June 23, 2016

    I am now torn between making these and knowing I will want to eat them all, and not torturing myself. They sound exactly like something I would love. Thanks Sandra.

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  17. Mel Kettle (@melkettle)
    June 23, 2016

    yes, I love them too. There are a few places you can buy them in Brisbane, but equally expensive. I’ll give these a go. Thanks!

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    • ladyredspecs
      June 23, 2016

      These were as good as the real thing Mel and cost little to make. Win-win

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  18. katechiconi
    June 23, 2016

    I shall try these with my usual GF plain baking flour and see what happens. Like you, I love these – my father has lived in Spain for 32 years, and has a weakness for bickies and sweets of all kinds, so these and turron were always on hand. It’s probably a good job I’m now too far away to visit every summer and Christmas holiday…

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    • ladyredspecs
      June 23, 2016

      Kate I’d replace a little of the flour with psyllium husks if you go down the GF path. I think they may be a bit sandy in texture and possibly too fragile to handle otherwise. Let e know how you go..

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      • katechiconi
        June 23, 2016

        Or how about xanthan gum to make the dough a bit more elastic? I have both, but would be interested to hear which you think would work better.

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      • ladyredspecs
        June 23, 2016

        I think I’d use both Kate, the xantham for strength, the psylllium for mouthfeel. I’m actually very curious about the outcome, might try it out myself…..

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      • katechiconi
        June 24, 2016

        I’m going to have a go today if I get a chance amidst delivering my first bakery order since surgery (yay! I can drive again!) and hydrotherapy at the pool (boo!). I’ll let you know.

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  19. Francesca
    June 23, 2016

    Another great recipe for the file. I’m looking forward to making these soon. Big Yum. Thankyou.

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    • ladyredspecs
      June 23, 2016

      You’re welcome, I really pleased to have a recipe for these yummy treats, they are dangerously addictive

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