Mexican food is very delicious and I have been having much fun making and eating them after falling in love with it recently. So far I have learned the chicken fajitas and chicken quesadillas. I have also made my own tortillas which taste much better than those bought from the shop. However on a couple of occasions I used bought ones purely out of convenience and to taste the difference.
Homemade is always the best. It is fresh and you can choose high quality ingredients, for example using organic spelt flour instead of normal plain flour, sea salt instead of table salt and olive oil instead of other oils. I have made chicken fajitas quesadillas using both the bought tortillas and homemade tortillas. I prefer the homemade tortillas because they are slightly thicker and there’s more bite when eating the quesadillas.
Spelt flour is a better flour. From the comments in my previous post on Chocolate Crinkle Brownie Cookies where I used spelt flour, I noticed that many are starting to use spelt flour and many still do not know about spelt flour. Spelt flour has a somewhat nuttier and slightly sweeter flavor than whole wheat flour. Spelt contains more protein than wheat, and the protein in spelt is easier to digest. The starch in spelt is more soluble than wheat and recipes containing spelt flour will frequently require less water than when using wheat flour. Spelt flour is more delicate and it is important not to over mix it. I learn that it has slightly less calories than wheat flour.
Making tortillas at home is easy. It is actually similar to making Chinese Dumpling Skin, Peking duck pancakes (link below) or chapatti except that in tortilla, you need to add baking powder and oil to give that bubbly effect and a soft texture. Then of course it’s much bigger in size. It’s fun making them. You need tortillas in several Mexican dishes so it’s worth making them at home.
I have also learned to make my own Mexican seasoning (link below) which I have just posted the other day and together with homemade tortillas, I think I’m just having an exciting journey in Mexican food.
Here is my homemade tortilla recipe. It is easy, simple and fun to make.
2C spelt flour
1t baking powder
1t sea salt
2t olive oil
3/4C warm water
Sieve flour and baking powder into a mixing bowl. Dissolve salt in warm water, then pour into the flour together with the oil. Mix and knead well until it is smooth. You don’t have to knead it very long like in bread making. Roll it into a big ball and flatten. Then mark and cut into 6 wedges.
Roll out the wedges into balls. Cover and leave it to rest for about 30 minutes.
Take a piece of dough and roll it out into a thin circle, as thin as you can, with your rolling pin. I roll mine to about 8 inches in diameter. Flour it well. Do the same to the rest of the dough.
Heat up a frying pan. Use low-medium heat. Dry fry the tortillas. Once it turns bubbly and you see light brown spots, flip over and fry until you see light brown spots too. Remove onto a clean plate and cover with a clean towel. Do the same to the rest.
Do you make your own Peking duck pancakes, chapatti or tortilla? Please share, add and comment in the comment box below.
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