Tortas De Aceite

I love biscuits, and baking, and one that’s particularly special that I like I didn’t really know the name of properly until recently. I only knew them as “those really tasty tortas from Waitrose”. And then Waitrose stopped selling them. I had a hankering for them so I decided to find a recipe. These biscuits are called Tortas De Aceite or Olive Oil tortas. While ‘torta’ means cake in Spanish, these are definitely biscuits. I found this recipe which was simple enough for me to follow and had the all important fennel

Tortas - ingredientsTortas - mixed

How to make Tortas

The recipe calls for you to mix the olive oil, water, yeast and sugar together and wait to get foamy. This didn’t work for me; I think the olive oil got in the way. So I binned my first effort and mixed the water, sugar and yeast together then added the olive oil once it became foamy.
I mixed the dry ingredients and then mixed in the foamy wet mixture. While it doesn’t need to be kneaded it does need to be a smooth mixture so, as recommended in the recipe, I slowly added more flour until the dough was no longer sticky.

Tortas - rolled

To cook the dough, I needed my two biggest flat sheets. They were lightly oiled and then dusted with icing sugar. I divided the dough into 12 pieces and shaped them into balls ready to rolled out. Each one was rolled out until super thin and then transferred one of the sheets. The uncooked biscuits were brushed with egg white, dusted with more icing sugar and sprinkled with Demerara sugar.
The biscuits were cooked for around 12-15 minutes (a bit longer than the recipe said because my oven is rubbish). When they’re nice and golden take them out of the oven and move them to a wire rack where they will crisp up nicely.
I’m really happy with how they turned out. Athough they only really stay crispy on the day you make them. If you keep them in an airtight container they will last about a week – they won’t be crispy but even with a slightly stale chewiness they’re lovely.


  1. February 4, 2019

    I’d never heard of these, but they look very tasty. Waitrose do sell some lovely food, but even better to make your own!

  2. February 4, 2019

    Lovely idea for something a bit different. Love the idea of the fennel.

  3. February 5, 2019

    Oh yum! I want something to snack on right now, haha. Such an easy recipe, might give it a go too

  4. marjiemare
    February 7, 2019


  5. February 7, 2019

    These look delicious! I have neither heard of a torta or had one, so this is definitely something I am going to have to experiment with.

  6. Jeroen
    February 7, 2019

    My partner is from the UK and I got excited when I saw the extension But love the recipe and I think my partner makes something similar

  7. February 8, 2019

    These look so delicious! I’ve never had one but I would love to try this recipe out!

  8. February 16, 2019

    My husband loves tortas! I’m definitely gonna learn how to make them following your amazing recipe

  9. Elizabeth O
    February 17, 2019

    Thanks for sharing this tasty and delicious recipe. This is something different and I would love to try it.

  10. March 4, 2019

    They look delicious! Thanks for sharing 🙂

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