This recipe has been adapted from the cookbook
Elena’s Secrets of Mexican Cooking by Elena Zelayeta, and is courtesy of Cynthia Detterick-Pineda of Andrews, TX.
There was just something about this Torte Borracha (Drunken Torte) that made it sound very interesting,
perhaps the name? But as the name implies there is a large amount of alcohol in the sauce! Borracho literally means "drunk" and refers, in the culinary sense,
to sauces made with alcohol. This Torta is also know as Mexican Rum Cake.
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Southwest Recipes (Mexican, New Mexican, Tex-Mex, Native American
and Cal-Mex Recipes).
Torta Borracha - Drunken Torte Recipe:
Yields: 1 cake
Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 30 min
1/2 cup granulated
1 cup all-purpose
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup butter, melted and cooled
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Rum Sauce (see recipe below)
Chopped nuts or grated coconut (optional topping)
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly grease and flour a 2-quart casserole dish.
In a large bowl, beat egg
whites until frothy; gradually add 4 tablespoons of the sugar and continue
beating on high speed until they form peaks with tips that stand straight when the beaters are lifted.
In a separate bowl, beat the egg yolks with the remaining sugar until they are a creamy lemon color.
Fold the yolk mixture into the beaten whites until just blended.
In a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, and salt. Gently fold in the flour mixture into the egg mixture.
Gently drizzle in the melted butter and vanilla. Pour into prepared baking dish and bake for approximately 30 minutes or until lightly browned on top; remove from oven.
While the cake is baking, prepare the Rum Sauce.
When the cake is done baking, make holes all over the top of the warm torte with an ice pick or
skewer and pour the Rum Sauce over it. Before the Rum Sauce is all absorbed into the cake, sprinkle generously with chopped nuts or grated coconut (if desired).
2 cups granulated sugar
2 cups water
1/2 cup brandy, rum, or sherry (your choice)
In a large saucepan over medium-high heat, boil the water and sugar
cooking thermometer reaches 235 degrees F. or until it
forms a soft ball when a little of the mixture is dropped in cold water.
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Remove from heat and stir in whatever liquor you are using; pour over the top of the warm cake.