Yield: 4 servings
- 225 g Polenta (Maize Meal) 25 g Lard or margarine
- 1 ts Salt 300 ml Warm water
- 225 g Plain white flour
Mix the maize meal salt and white flour in a large bowl add the lard or margarine and rub in until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Add the water and mix to a dough. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for a short time until smooth. Shape the dough into 4 equal balls roughly the size of a tennis ball and let them rest for about an hour covered with a damp tea towel. Roll each ball out thinly on the floured surface to a circle about 25cm (10 inch) in diameter. Heat an ungreased griddle or large frying pan and fry the maize meal pancakes over a fairly high heat turning them over so they are lightly brown on each side. Variations. The tortilla is a multi-purpose bread and can be served as it is a thin flat cornbread to accompany food. It can also be used as a platter or scoop for thick meat or bean mixtures. It can be fried on one side only and rolled round a chilli-and-bean stuffing to become a Taco or stuffed sometimes fried and coated in sauce when it is known as an Enchillada. Finally it can be sprinkled with sweet mixtures and served as a pudding. Original source unknown.