Torta de Mil Hojas

"Cake of 1000 Layers"

This is a cake that Danny used to eat in Chile. Since it was Chilean Independence Day on Friday I took a stab at it. It reminds me of baklava. The original recipe is on recipezaar and allrecipes, but I've included a few tips and upgrades that will make it much easier and tastier.

4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
7/8 cup butter
3 egg yolks
1 cup milk
2 (14 ounce) cans Dulce de Leche or sweetened condensed milk
1 cup sliced almonds
Chocolate Ganache, optional (recipe below)

1 Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
2 Mix together the flour and baking powder; set aside.
3 In a large bowl, beat the butter until creamy.
4 Blend in the egg yolks, one at a time.
5 Beat in the flour mixture alternately with the milk.
6 The dough will be stiff like a cookie dough.
7 Divide the dough into 10 pieces and shape into balls.
8 Roll each ball into a thin 9 inch circle (**thinner than a pie crust**)
**I found it much easier to roll it out between layers of wax paper because it helps to keep the shape when you transfer it to the cookie sheet. Also, it's nearly impossible to get the layers evenly shaped and sized so next time I'll use a large trifle dish or something like it to cut them out like sugar cookies.
9 Place on **parchment lined** cookie sheets and prick with a fork in several places.
10 Bake in the preheated oven for 10 to 12 minutes, or until golden brown. Set aside.
11 Place one cookie layer on serving plate.
12 Spread with the Dulce de Leche making sure to reach all the edges.
13 Continue stacking until all layers are used.
**after I used all my layers, I spread a small layer of chocolate ganache on the top to give a contrasting flavor to the sweetness of the Dulce de Leche. Not all versions of the cake use chocolate but I'm a sucker for ganache. (bring 2/3 Cup cream to a boil in a small saucepan. Remove from heat and stir in 1 Cup semi-sweet chocolate chips. Once it's fully incorporated and smooth allow it to cool to a spreadable consistancy.**
14 Sprinkle with sliced almonds.

Instructions for making Dulce de Leche (if you couldn't buy it pre-made)
-In a sauce pan, boil the unopened cans of sweetened condensed milk for 3 hours. Monitor the water closely, to make sure there is always water in the pan.
-Remove can from heat and let cool for 10 to 15 minutes.


Aaron, Bri, and Aizley said...

Thanks Jacquee it looks delicious. I will have to try it.

Kara Jones said...

good for you-not happening in my kitchen

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