Myra Magsaysay-Sun is a Cebu-based newspaper columnist who also bakes wonderful tortas. These are a refined version, not the traditional classic version with lots of lard and tuba as leavening agent. A few months ago I tried to come up with a recipe that I liked and along with sister, concluded that maybe we just didn’t like the classic tortas enough… I know I lean heavily towards a butter based torta, because of that rich, buttery flavor and aroma, but it gnaws at me that it is a major departure from the tortas that say my mom would have hankered for… If you can’t be bothered to tinker in the kitchen, ordering these beauties is an easier alternative. I have had them three times and they are delicious. Lighter because of the lack of lard, and possibly due to yeast in the base, these buttery tortas also come with small bits of salty ham and cheese and are still quite filling and substantial.
Ms. Sun sells them in small single serving sizes (24 to a box) for PHP600 (PHP25 each) which may sound like a lot, but are for me a good deal when you know what goes into them in terms of ingredients and effort… or in “jumbo” sizes that easily serve 4-5 people for PHP200 each. To order, kindly contact Sun Homemade Cakes and Pastries in Cebu at 032.268.0983 and 0915.825.2140