Old favourites: flour tortillas

Tortillas are expensive! Make your own – money saving and very satisfying. This recipe is pretty easy once you get the hang of it, and you can make it easier:

  • you don’t need to add salt unless you want to
  • you don’t need to cover the dough with a damp towel!
  • you don’t need to use a dinner plate to cut perfectly round tortillas

Flour tortillas

Makes 12 tortillas

450g plain flour
1 tbsp fine salt
75g lard/margarine/butter
250ml hot water

Place the flour in a mixing bowl. Add the salt. Rub in the fat until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.

Gradually add the hot water to give a soft pliable dough. Turn the dough onto a floured surface and knead until it is smooth, and not sticky.

Divide into 12 pieces and cover with a damp towel. Use one piece of dough at a time, leaving the remainder covered so as not to dry out.

Roll out until very thin and use a 25cm dinner plate to cut round, to give a perfectly round tortilla. Repeat until you have 12 tortillas, flouring them well before stacking to prevent them sticking together.

Heat a large, heavy-based frying pan and cook each tortilla quickly for 10 seconds on each side. Stack the cooked tortillas in a clean towel until required.

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