Tortillas

imageOnce you have tried these very tender homemade tortillas you won’t believe how much better they are than the store-bought variety.  They also make fantastic sandwich wraps for lunches.

Type:  Breads

Difficulty:  Easy

Makes:  12

Recipe source: Adapted from Dan Lepard’s Short and Sweet

Equipment

  • metric measuring spoons & cups
  • kettle
  • scales
  • bowls – 1 medium, 1 large
  • wooden spoon
  • dough scraper
  • rolling pin
  • medium frypan
  • wide egg flip
  • dinner plate
  • tea towel
Ingredients

  • 550 g plain flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 125 ml cold milk or water
  • 125 ml boiling water
  • 50 ml sunflower oil
What to do

  • Set out your equipment and ingredients.

Mix the dough

  • Spoon the flour, baking powder and salt into the large bowl, and make a well in the centre.
  • Pour the cold milk, boiling water and oil into the medium bowl, stir them together, then tip this into the flour and quickly mix to a smooth dough.
  • Cover the bowl and leave for 10 minutes, then knead lightly and return the dough to the bowl, cover and leave for an hour or two at room temperature.  During this time the dough will soften and become pliable enough to roll thinly.

Divide and roll the dough

  • Using the dough scraper, divide the dough into 12 pieces about 75 g each.  Using the rolling pin, roll each into a disc about 10 – 15 cm in diameter and place to one side, fanned out on a plate with a dusting of flour underneath and between them to stop them sticking together.

Cook the tortillas

  • Get a wide, heavy frying pan hot over high heat then one at a time, in the same order that you rolled them out before, roll each tortilla even thinner with more flour, to about 20 cm in diameter.  As each one is finished, slip it onto your hand then slide it into the hot dry pan.
  • When it puffs up in random pockets across its surface, use a wide egg flip to flip it over.  Cook the other side lightly then transfer it to a dinner plate and cover with a clean dry tea towel.
  • Repeat with the remaining discs of dough, one at a time, and stack the cooked ones on top of each other on the plate.
Interesting techniques used in this recipe are:

  • Cooking in a hot, dry pan
  • Resting dough

 

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