Jason (jcreed) wrote,
Jason
jcreed

In tonight's edition of TORTILLA SCIENCE I attempted to do several things more right: added some salt to the dough, put a tiny bit of oil in the pan instead of cooking them totally dry, let the dough rest for 15 minutes after kneading, and cooked 'em a bit longer, until the tell-tale tortilla-like black mottling appeared. Result: actually tasty flatbread. Put some strawberry jam on that shit. It was good times. I think I now only want to acquire a tool to flatten them better with. Their current texture is much like homemade paper compared to the kind of paper that lends itself to phrases like "paper-thin".

Somehow I'm still riding the initial wave of surprise that unleavened breads can actually work like this. I thought you had to add eggs or yeast or baking powder or some sort of magical ingredient besides flour and water to get that chewy bread-like texture. I suppose the magic really is in the gluten-forming reaction that kneading and such is still (as _tove, citing her favorite The Book, pointed out earlier) instrumental in encouraging.
Tags: food, minimalist cooking
Subscribe

  • (no subject)

    Well I am certainly glad I saw Arrival so that I get the wug joke in http://languagelog.ldc.upenn.edu/nll/?p=29480#more-29480

  • (no subject)

    Saw "Arrival". It did have some nontrivial linguistics content, but it still felt kind of wrapped up in a discernible layer of Hollywood Woo. The…

  • (no subject)

    Had some dinner at Aliada with akiva and sasha and K, and afterwards saw Herzog's "Aguirre, the Wrath of God" in Socrates park. Enjoyably bleak.

  • Post a new comment

    Error

    Anonymous comments are disabled in this journal

    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded 

  • 11 comments

  • (no subject)

    Well I am certainly glad I saw Arrival so that I get the wug joke in http://languagelog.ldc.upenn.edu/nll/?p=29480#more-29480

  • (no subject)

    Saw "Arrival". It did have some nontrivial linguistics content, but it still felt kind of wrapped up in a discernible layer of Hollywood Woo. The…

  • (no subject)

    Had some dinner at Aliada with akiva and sasha and K, and afterwards saw Herzog's "Aguirre, the Wrath of God" in Socrates park. Enjoyably bleak.