Tuesday, 14 April 2009

How to - make Tortillas

I'm not sure where it came from but I got a hankering for Quesadillas at the weekend! Not wanting to go shopping I decided to make them from scratch at home, which meant making tortillas first. They were so easy I think they'll become a regular make around here!!

Basic Flour Tortilla recipe

1.5 cups Plain Flour
3 tbsp shortening, lard or veg suet
1 tsp bicarb of soda
1/2 tsp salt
2 - 3 tbsp warm water

  • Mix all dry ingredients together, then cut in shortening/lard/suet until well mixed.

  • Gradually add water and mix until it forms a soft but not sticky dough

  • Knead dough for 3-4 minutes

  • Turn out onto a well floured board and cut into 6. Roll each 6th into a ball then roll into a circle making sure the dough is very thinly rolled.

  • I find it best to use lots of flour at this stage to stop the tortilla from sticking to board or rolling pin!

  • When you have your circle, transfer tortilla to a hot, dry pan and 'fry' until cooked 20 - 30 sec each side.

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