Flour Tortillas

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Flour tortillas on the menu today! Flour tortillas are a great alternative to bread and there's no need to touch the oven! They taste great, are very easy to make and are ready in no time.

These tortillas are kept on the light side by using low fat milk and only one teaspoon of olive oil. They are great served as a wrap with some cooked chicken, lettuce and a little low fat mayo.
The recipe will give 4 tortillas.

• 200g self-raising flour. Plus more for dusting.
• a pinch of salt
• 1 vegetable stock cube. Crumbled
• 1 teaspoon of olive oil
• Quarter of a pint of low fat milk

  1. Sift the flour, salt and stock cube into a large bowl. You might have to push the stock cube through the mesh a little. Make a well in the centre.
  2. Add the olive oil to the milk and stir. Add about half the milk mixture to the flour and mix to form a rough dough. Mix in the centre, drawing the flour from the sides.
  3. Add the rest of the milk mixture and continue to bring the dough together for another minute or so. If the dough is still a bit too floury add another splash of milk, if it's looking too wet, add a little more flour.
  4. Flour a clean board or work surface well and tip the dough onto it. Next dust the top of the dough and flatten it out slightly. Knead it gently to bring it together.
  5. Using a sharp knife, cut the dough into four pieces.
  6. Next take one of the pieces and roll it into a ball, then flatten it out. Dust with flour again and roll the dough flat into a pancake shape with a rolling pin. Turn over and dust again regularly.
  7. To cook the tortilla, heat a large frying pan over a high heat. Add the tortilla to the dry pan and allow to cook for 20-30 seconds, shaking from side to side every now and again. Air pocket bubbles should form on top of the tortilla as it cooks. Carefully turn it over to cook the other side. 
  8. Place on a warm plate while you cook the rest of the tortillas. The tortillas are best served straight away, but they can be kept and reheated if needed. To reheat, sprinkle them with a little cold water and heat on full power in a microwave for 1 minute or pop them into a hot oven for 5-10 minutes.

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