Desserts from Uruguay: Torta Frita
What is it?
Torta Frita (fried cake) is a circular fried dough with a hole in
the middle, usually served in the afternoons with the mate tea or
a coffee. Tradition calls to make the tortas fritas in the rainy days
mostly. But people love them at all times. You can have them with
different jellies on top, or with plain sugar. Or con dulce de leche,
a most delicious jelly used as a desert too.
The torta frita is made with flour, salt, grease and water. And it
is fried in grease or boiling oil, but better with grease.
You can have it as a desert if you top it with dulce de leche.
2 cups flour
1 ½ teaspoons of salt
¼ cup of grease
½ cup of warm water
Make a dough with this ingredients and then knead it until it is
very soft. Then take small pieces and work them with the hands to
make a circle of about the size of your hand. Make a hole in the middle
and put it into a frying pan where there’s enough grease very
hot so that the whole torta dips in. Be careful to turn it so that
it is golden on both sides. When you take them out of the grease,
put it over a paper kitchen towel so it drips all the exceeding grease.
While still hot put sugar on top of it or any other topping you prefer.