Heart #36 goes to...Ines Rosales Sweet Olive Oil Tortas! Here's another product that I stumbled upon at my local supermarket. I have passed these by many times and finally decided to give them a try. They are a delicious sort of crisp bread sprinkled with sugar and flavored with anise and sesame seeds and 24% olive oil. Besides the taste, what I love about them is that each one is individually hand wrapped in tissue paper. They are a great companion to a cup of coffee or tea. The sell 6 to a package for about $5.99. Click here to view some pictures of how they are made.
Here is a description of the history I found on a website...
The Story Behind Ines Rosales
Ines Rosales started making these incredible crispy wafers in a town near Seville, Spain in about 1915. Widows of her village came to help her, business flourished, and over time the reputation of her product spread throughout Spain and Europe. Soon others were imitating her recipe, or attempting to! When she died in 1932 at the age of 42, she left behind a company whose reputation was protected by her name.
Today the traditional methods of forming the dough continue. It is portioned out and flattened by hand by local women, who must train for 3 months in the proper flattening technique, and who must take a break from their duties every 19 minutes. Now baked in a modern conveyer oven, production has moved into the modern age, somewhat, but the factors that really affect quality remain the same as they have for the past 92 years. After all, when you get something right, why mess with it?