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April 9, 2016

Sweet Olive Oil Tortas

by Anne Paddock

Years ago while living in Madrid, Spain, sweet olive oil tortas  (tortas de aceite) were a common snack that was often referred to as a “merienda” – a light snack in the late morning between breakfast and lunch or in the late afternoon between lunch and dinner. Although each neighborhood seemed to have their own bakery version, Ines Rosales was the most popular national brand simply because her tortas tasted the best.

More than 100 years ago, Ines Rosales began making olive oil tortas by hand and sold them in the train station in Seville, Spain. Based on an old family recipe, Ines used natural ingredients. Today, the company – which is still based in Seville – continues to use natural ingredients: unbleached wheat flour, olive oil, sugar, sesame seeds, crystallized orange, yeast, cinnamon, anise seeds, sea salt, thyme, rosemary, natural orange essence, and natural flavorings to make these exquisite snack crackers.Ines_Rosales_Tortas_de_Aceite_Orange

With five flavors to choose from – Original, Cinnamon, Seville Orange, Rosemary & Thyme, and Sesame & Sea Salt – in the US, there is a flavor for everyone. Three of the flavors are sweet while the other two are savory. All five flavors are very crunchy which makes the tortas an ideal snack.Ines_Rosales_Sweet_Olive_Oil_Tortas

No topping needed because these large round crackers are full of bold flavors like cinnamon, anise seeds, orange, thyme and rosemary, or sesame seeds. Each 6.34 ounce packet contains 6 individually wrapped tortas which not only makes a beautiful presentation but ensures the crackers maintain their crunchy texture.Tortas_de_Aceite

Available nationwide at fine grocery stores (including Whole Foods Market, Fresh Market and Walmart), at fine cheese stores,  and on-line at Yummy Bazaar, igourmet, and La Tienda,  the Sweet Olive Oil Tortas sell for about $6 per package.Ines_Rosales_Tortas_de_Aceite

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