“Cake of leaves”…., Torta de hojas is a Chilean treat that has a stack of cookie-like layers and a rich caramel filling between the layers.
I’ve always interested in making this cake, but I’ve sort of avoided trying it until now, knowing it’s a very time-consuming recipe. However, today I finally made my mind up and went in the kitchen to start a long prep session. Fun fun fun…:D
First of all, because my oven isn’t big enough to fit all the layers at once, I had to run 4 sessions to bake all 8 layers…, which took me… about an hour.
Then, while I was baking the layers, I made the caramel filling, dulce de leche. Since I’ve made it before, I was thinking… “it shouldn’t be too hard, but it just takes time…”. Ok…, I was wrong. It was pretty tough to watch out the caramel and the stuff in the oven at the same time, but I was doing well….yes…, until the dulce de leche made a little explosion… Luckily, it wasn’t major and there were only few drops of caramel on the hob… phew…
All in all, I finished the prep in 3 hours or so, which was what I consider as a success!
The only part left was to stack the layers! Yes, this is the bit I’ve waited for! The authentic torta de hojas uses brandy between the layers, but I avoided it this time as I didn’t want the cake to be alcoholic. I also mixed whipped cream in the filling so that it’s more spreadable and lighter to eat;)
Here we go… it’s looking pretty, no?
To see the recipe, visit The World of Sweets Recipes, Chile.