Tortas are flat and round Spanish breads, that are about the size of a saucer. So tortas de aceita de oliva are flat round breads made with olive oil and spices. These Spanish bread dishes, first seen in the Seville train station in the early 20th Century, are the lastest craze to hit American coffee shops and bakeries.
Perhaps we have grown weary of super-sized heavy muffins. Perhaps it is a newly found obsession with the health benefits of olive oil. But I'm seeing them both in bakeries and on the menues in restaurants.
How do you incorporate them into your at-home dining and party menues? Tortas de aceita de oliva are perfect with pesto or soft warm cheese as appetizers.They are at once crisp and hearty, with a rich taste infused with olive oil and anise.