RECIPE New Improved Tortillas!

The new and improved tortilla, with added potato!

My new secret ingredient was purchased on a whim from Wai Yee Hong. 500g of potato starch for 75p. Somewhere in my brain attic was a recollection about potato starch (PS from now on, lazy me) being good for lighter baking.

However, the first thing I used it for was gravy. You see PS listed as a thickener on a lot of things so I experimented and made my own instant gravy. Marmite, beef stock cube, pepper, touch of brown sugar, hot water and a couple of tablespoons of PS and blimey – it’s gravy!

I have other plans for the PS; perhaps it’ll help me in my quest for the ultimate GF, EF and DF brownie? Or maybe sort my issues with cookies? (So dry! OMG so dry...) I’ll keep you posted.

In the meantime, here’s how I used the magikal PS to improve my usual tortilla recipe.


100g potato starch
60g cornmeal
150g plain GF flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
3 tbsp vegetable oil
250ml boiling water


Mix together the flours and salt.
Add the oil and then the water and mix quickly with a fork.
Keep working until the mixture forms a dough.
Roll into balls - (about the size of golf balls).
Dust a plate with cornmeal and roll the balls in the cornmeal.
Roll the balls flat or flatten with a tortilla press.
Cook both sides in a non stick frying pan with a small amount of oil.

The resulting tortillas reminded my (secretly chuffed, Irish) hubby of potato bread and I fretted that they would be wholly unsuitable for filling and using as tortillas.

Then we noticed how bendy they were. A lot easier to manage than the tortillas I have made before and they held all of the fillings with aplomb.

They were also slightly absorbent, so any juices sort of soaked into the bread instead of running up to your elbow.

We filled ours with homemade refried beans, courgette, smokey sausage, jalapenos and chilli oil.

I ate all three of mine in stupefied silence. I took to Twitter to document my ‘food boner’.

They were even usable the next day, still bendy and tasty.

I hope you’ll give these a go and report back.

If you're in Bristol and fancy tortillas but not the work involved - check out Mission Burrito! See my review here.)


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