Tortas Fritas

Good morning my friends! Sorry for the absence! This Sunday was so crazy that I could not post my “For the Soul Sundays” post. I owe you a really good one for next Sunday!
Anyway, life has been busy around here. But if you know me, you know I am always creating OR cooking.
Today I thought I would share another tradition from my family. Actually this is an Uruguayan tradition that my mom used to do whenever it rained…she would make “tortas fritas.”

 This is basically fried dough. There is something magical in baking when it rains…I do not know what it is but in our house we are always in the mood for tortas fritas and mate and contemplate the rain outside. My oldest boy came from school and said “mom…it is raining, can you make some tortas fritas?” I had no excuses. I gathered my ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp of butter
  • 1 tbsp of shortening
  • 3/4 cup of milk
  • 2 cups of flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 T baking powder
  • Canola oil for frying
This makes 12 tortas. It depends how big your family is but this comes with a WARNING: IF YOU DO MORE THAN 12 YOU WILL EAT THEM ALL! THEY HAVE THE POTENTIAL FOR ADDICTION!!!! Ok, I warned you!!
Now this could not be easier! But please do not substitute the frying for baking…it is not the same AT ALL! It is ok once in a while to indulge…
First, combine the milk, butter and shortening in a pan and heat until warm and butter melted, but do not boil.
In another bowl combine the dry ingredients and make a hole in the middle. Slowly add the milk mixture in the center and mix.

Mix well.

Take it out of the bowl and put it in a lightly floured surface and knead a little.

Cut 12 balls of approximately the same size.

Roll out, about 1/2 cm thick. Make a hole in the middle.

 Make sure your oil is hot. To test sprinkle a little flour over it. If it bubbles it is ready. Fry in batches until they look golden brown. Flip and fry on the other side.

Let them dry in a plate covered in paper towels.

Here they are! Eat them while they are hot. You can top them with cinnamon sugar, dulce de leche, honey or…just eat them plain!

Enjoy! Try them out and tell me what you think.
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