Monday 18 January 2010

Millet Buckwheat Tortillas

I was excited to see Sea making Millet Tortillas recently. As you might have noticed on this blog, gluten free family and friends make me interested in GF recipes. This recipe caught my attention because I have tried millet flour and failed to appreciate it. So it seemed a good way to use it up. Then I noticed her link to Karina’s vegan and gluten free Millet and Buckwheat Tortillas. Even better because I could make the millet more palatable with buckwheat flour, which I love.

So began my GF tortilla adventure last week. Karina at Gluten Free Goddess does lots of interesting GF recipes but they are often full of flours and xanthum gum that I don’t have in my pantry. What is really helpful on her site is this cheat sheet on Gluten Free Baking Substitutions. I read it after using GF flours for a while and suddenly the penny dropped and the pieces fell into place. It explains about heavy and light flours to make it easier to subsitute.

As well as xanthum gum, Karina uses a lot of sorghum flour. I have never tried it but I already have enough other flours to dissuade me to bring yet another into my collection. So I used soy flour instead. Rather than using egg replacer, I used ground flax seed (linseed) and also put in some potato and pumpkin mash leftover from Sylvia’s dinner. I think this made my tortillas a bit thicker than Karina’s. Perhaps in future I might add a little more water. I altered the flavouring slightly too. I have never made tortillas before and found these quite similar to pancakes but denser.

I was making dinner late as usual. E was calming Sylvia. When the first tortilla came off the frypan, I tasted it and was amazed at how good it tasted. So good that I ran over and gave a piece to E to try. He was also impressed. I can see why Karina says you could just eat these by themselves. We had them with salad and chickpea burgers. Karina called these gluten free wraps and I had intended to wrap chunks of burger and salad in the tortillas but mine didn’t bend quite as readily as hers. They were pretty flexible but broke upon being rolled up - possibly as a result of being thicker.

I took note of Karina’s suggestion that any leftover should be frozen. Last night at the end of a busy weekend, I took the last couple of tortillas straight from the freezer and warmed them under the grill (broiler) and put some ricotta and parmesan cheese on the second side. I served them topped with baked beans. They were excellent. I am pleased to finally find a way to use up my millet flour and will be making these again.

Millet Buckwheat Tortilla
Adapted from A Gluten Free Goddess
makes about 7-8

1 cup millet flour
½ cup buckwheat flour
½ cup soy flour
½ cup corn flour (cornstarch)
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 small garlic, finely chopped
1 tbsp flax seeds ground
½ cup pumpkin and potato (about
of this was potato) mashed
¼ cup chopped chives
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon agave nectar (or honey)
¼ teaspoon cider vinegar
1½ cups hot water
½ cup milk (or non-dairy milk)
oil or butter for frying

Mix dry ingredients in a medium mixing bowl. Whisk in wet ingredients until it looks like a thick pancake batter. I left mine for 30 minutes but am not sure if this makes any difference as Karina didn’t.

Heat frypan with a little butter or oil – I used a silicone brush to brush on margarine but other times I have used paper towels to brush oil or butter on lightly. Karina says when a drop of water sizzles and bounces off the surface, your griddle or pan is ready. I just feel the heat by hovering my hand over the frypan and expect the first to be a disaster like when I make pancakes.

Drop half a cup of mixture onto frypan and use the back of a spoon to spread it out as thinly as possible till it is about 6 inches in diameter. Cook 1 minute or until bubbles appear and the batter is almost cooked. Flip it over and it should be golden brown. Cook another minute and there should be brown spots on the other side. (If these colours don’t appear you may need a little longer to fry it.) Keep warm on a plate covered in foil and repeat the process til you have used all the batter.

These are best eaten fresh. Serving suggestions – eat with a salad on the side, with cheese and chutney on top or covered with baked beans or chilli non carne and guiacamole. Leftovers can be frozen with parchment paper between them and reheated under the grill (broiler).

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  1. Buckwheat I love but millet I've yet to try.
    Your Tortilla just beg for so many good foods ...

  2. I'm SO impressed that you made tortillas!! Super cool! They look gorgeous, too - I love how they have a bit of a fluffy texture! They look soooo delicious topped with the cheese and baked beans!

  3. Your tortillas look yummy. I love buckwheat too, its so nutty and slightly sweet. Love how you served them

  4. I like the way you figured out a way to substitute the soy flour for the sorghum - I fear buying too many different flours and ending up wasting them for recipes like this, and yet at the same time switching out normal flour for pre-mixed gf flours doesn't always work well!

  5. These sound great, thanks for posting the recipe!

  6. These look fab - I have never made tortillas, so it would be good to try this out.

  7. Hehe sounds like you might use up your millet flour and buy more afterwards! :P

  8. Thanks Tanna - yes the tortillas will support lots of good food but I was wondering how they would go in a tortilla stack

    Thanks Astra - I was impressed with myself too - have always wanted to try tortillas - now must try some corn ones - I was not sure they should be so fluffy but who complains about such things

    Thanks Katie - yes buckwheat is one of my fave gf flours - and I am sure it is essential to the taste with these

    Thanks Hannah - I too am wary of just using a commercial gf flour mix as have had some bad experiences - Karina's cheat sheet is really useful in getting a feel for a few flours to try

    Thanks Kristy - hope it will be a useful recipe for you

    Thanks Cakelaw - it was my first time making tortillas but I think I need to try more as I am not sure all recipes would be like this

    Thanks Lorraine - yes, it is good to have a reason to buy millet flour

  9. These sound really interesting. I've tried making flatbreads with millet flour but they were really thick and stodgy. Yours look much better - especially the baked bean ones!

  10. This sounds just like what I've been looking for--a good flatbread that can be used in many contexts. Too bad I'm so behind on blog reading that I missed this when you first posted! I guess I'll just have to cook these up this week as well. ;)

  11. I have a question about one of the ingredients: what you called Corn Flour (cornstarch). Here in the US, cornstarch is a very fine white powder that looks like talcum powder, used for thickening soups, for example. Whereas corn flour is extremely finely ground cornmeal. Which do you intend for this recipe?


    Jenny in Massachusetts

  12. Hi Jenny - what you describe as cornstarch is what I have always called cornflour - I am Australian and I read enough blogs to understand that my terminology is not always the same as in other countries - please take into account when you read my blog that it is written in Australian - I have a section called kitchen notes - kitchen notes to try and give a bit of a guide to some of the differences I have found - hope that helps


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