We think Mexican is a marvellous cooking style that hasn’t had much attention in Italy or the UK. Tortillas provide the structure to many of the country’s best loved dishes, so our tortilla recipe is so very handy if you love fajitas, burritos and enchiladas. Or you can add sandwich-style fillings for a refreshingly different lunch. We’re about to demonstrate how making this type of flatbread is really quite easy, but we think your friends will still be pretty impressed, especially if, like us, you produce some red or green ones for a fiesta Mexicana! Take note that ours are never perfectly round. Much like humans, your tortillas need to be loved just the way they are, like in the Billy Joel song.
- Sift all the powders into a bowl. If using whole-wheat flour, make sure to sift it well and to remove the larger bits.
- Pour in all the water and mix the ingredients with a fork to obtain a rough dough.
- Move the dough onto a working surface and knead it by hand until you obtain a more homogenous dough (three to five minutes). Wrap the dough into cling film and let it rest for 15 minutes before moving on.
- Once the time has elapsed, divide the dough into portions slightly larger than a golf ball.
- Now take one ball and cover the others with cling film to prevent the surface from drying out.
- Using a rolling pin, roll the first ball into a circular shape, making sure to flip it and turn it as you roll. If during the process you feel that the dough came out a bit stickier than it should, a bit more flour can be added.
- Preheat the pan, place the tortilla on the hot pan and wait for some bubbles to appear. Cook the dough on the first side for roughly 30 seconds and then flip it over.
- Cook the tortilla for another 30 seconds, and during this time, gently press it down with a kitchen towel so that part of the air pockets will collapse, creating the traditional look.
- Keep the cooked tortillas stacked onto each other and wrapped into a kitchen towel, so that they will stay soft and moist until needed.
- To obtain the best tortillas possible, make sure to sift the whole wheat flour before using it.
Preparation Time: 5m
Cooking Time: 1m
Total Time: 6m
Storage Times: Keeps for 1 day at room temperature and for up to 2 weeks in the freezer