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Torta Mil hojas

Milhojas or Thousand Layers Cake

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The traditional cake in Chile. Layers of thin, crunchy dough and dulce de leche and jam. Recipe from scratch.

  • Total Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes
  • Yield: 20



For the dough,

  • 3 cups sifted flour
  • 250 grams/ 8 oz unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3 egg yolk, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon rum or pisco
  • 1 pinch of salt

For the filling,

  • 3 cups of dulce de leche or caramel (available in Latin supermarkets, I like La Lechera brand sold in cans, usually right next to the condensed milk)
  • 2 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar


  1. Combine the flour and salt in a large bowl. Add butter in chunks, egg yolks, milk, and liquor, and work to form a dough of medium consistency.Ingredients for mil hojas
  2. Do not work with your hands. Use a fork, two knives, or a stand mixer with the paddle attachment. Please do not use your hands because the body heat will melt the butter, and bits of butter remaining in the dough give its crispness. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight or for at least 6 hours.
    forming the dough Mil hojas dough
  3. Preheat oven to 350F or 180C.
  4. Divide the dough into 14 equal portions. Roll each piece on a floured baking sheet, parchment paper, or Silpat until very thin. Cut circles 8 – 9″ in diameter using a paring knife. I usually use a plate as a guide. Pierce the circle of dough with a fork across almost the entire surface.
    rolling the dough Cutting the dough in circles
  5. Bake each circle over an un-greased baking or cookie sheet for 5-7 minutes until golden. Let cool.
    Baked hojas dough
  6. Assemble the cake filling between each layer with dulce de leche (3-4 tablespoons). For every three layers, add ground walnuts, saving 1 cup for decoration.Filling the cake
  7. Cover the whole cake with a thin layer of dulce de leche and sprinkle with a mixture of walnuts, powdered sugar, and crumbs.
    crumbs to cover the cake
  8. Let it rest well, covered in the fridge. Serve at room temperature.
    Chilean Mil Hojas, Thousand Layers Cake Chilean Thousand Layers Cake
  • Author: Pilar Hernandez
  • Prep Time: 1 hour
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Category: Cake
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: Chilean


  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 420
  • Sugar: 25.1 g
  • Sodium: 182.3 mg
  • Fat: 24.2 g
  • Saturated Fat: 9.7 g
  • Carbohydrates: 43.6 g
  • Fiber: 1.5 g
  • Protein: 8.1 g