An Argentine pastafrola in a baking tray
An Argentine pastafrola in a baking tray

Pasta frola, pasta frolla (Greek: πάστα φλώρα),[1][2] is a type of sweet tart common to Italy, Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay, Egypt and Greece.[3][2] It is a covered, jam-filled shortcrust pastry dish principally made from flour, sugar and egg.[4] Common fillings include quince cheese, dulce de batata (sweet potato jam), dulce de leche, guava, or strawberry jam.[1] The covering of the tart is a thin-striped lattice which displays the filling beneath in rhomboidal or square sections. Pastafrola is most usually oven-baked in a circular shape. Most of the Greek versions of this dish are filled with sweet jam: it is considered a morning dessert.

The name of the dish comes from pasta frolla (lit. 'friable pastry'[5]), Italian for shortcrust pastry, and is similar to the Italian crostata. Italian immigrants brought it to Argentina and Uruguay.[6] Similar dishes include the Austrian Linzer torte and Swiss tarts with a spiced-fruit filling.[7] In Greek, the word frolla was misinterpreted as the Italian word flora 'flower'.

The dish is served as an afternoon dessert (merienda) or with mate (a South American drink), but may be eaten at any time of the day.[7]

Ingredients

The ingredients for the dish are:[8][9]

References

  1. ^ a b Πάστα φλώρα (in Greek). Argiro. Retrieved on 2019-04-25.
  2. ^ a b Πάστα φρόλα: έτσι λέγεται στην πραγματικότητα η πάστα…φλώρα (in Greek). INews.gr (2011-04-02). Retrieved on 2015-03-23.
  3. ^ ¡A merendar una pastafrola!. (in Spanish). Ella. Retrieved on 2015-03-23.
  4. ^ pastaflora (in Spanish). Diccionario de la lengua española (22.ª edición), Real Academia Española (2001).
  5. ^ Istituto Treccani, Vocabolario on line, s.v.
  6. ^ Pasta Frola de Dulce de Membrillo - Quince Tart. About. Retrieved on 2015-03-23.
  7. ^ a b Pastafrola y sus ancestros (in Spanish). La Nación (2002-07-14). Retrieved on 2015-03-23.
  8. ^ Greek jam tart (Pasta flora). All Recipes. Retrieved on 2015-03-23.
  9. ^ Romero, Javier (2014-09-22). Pastafrola, receta Argentina (in Spanish). Cocina Familiar. Retrieved on 2015-03-23.