There is a great variety of food in Honduras, even if it is not known around the world our dishes are loved by tourists that visit our country. I would say that one of the best Honduran crafts is the way of cooking in clay ovens or the use of anafres, comales to bake the food giving it a special and unique touch. Some of the most typical food uses corn as one of its main ingredients, such as tamales, pupusas, and the very popular tortillas, which is eaten everyday just as bread in other countries.
The Honduran recipe that I will talk about today is called Baleada, which is a special tortilla which is not made of corn but of wheat flour. It is rather larger than the everyday tortilla because this special tortilla is going to be filled up with delicious toppings. Usually to make the tortilla for the baleada, you mix the wheat flower with warm water or milk, salt, baking soda and a little bit of oil or lard. Usually 2 cups of white wheat flower should be enough to serve 2 people. Add one teaspoon of oil, baking soda, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, 1 egg, 1 cup of warm milk or water. It all depends if you prefer thicker/thinner or larger smaller tortillas, so try it out and adjust the recipe to your taste. Let the dough rest for about 30 min.
Then after having the dough is ready, make small balls so that it is easier to make the tortilla. Usually the tortillas are done by hand but you can use a rolling pin to get the final shape. To cook the tortilla, usually a comal is used but you can use a flat frying pan. Place the flat tortilla on the hot pan and wait until the edges start to separate from the pan, it takes less than a min. Then turn the tortilla over and wait a few seconds. When you think is ready, press down on the tortilla with a spatula and let go. Do this several times so that the tortilla inflates. Watch the video and see how the lady makes the tortilla…
The other ingredients that cannot be forgotten are the beans, usually the traditional Honduran Baleada is filled up with mashed red or black beans spread on the tortilla. Then put some shredded cheese on top with a special sweet/sour cream to finish this very easy dish.
There are other varieties of baleadas, you can add shredded coconut to the dough to give it a different taste and add to the original baleada recipe: avocado, sausage, scrambled eggs, jalapeños, onions, chicken or simmered beef. Put all of the ingredients on top of the tortilla, then fold and is ready to eat.
I hope you try out this easy recipe and let me know how it went.
Update – Recipe Summary:
This is the classic baleada recipe — choose the topings you like and enjoy. Obligatory ingredient: mashed beans
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook time: 30 minutes
Serving: 2 people
Tortilla Dough Ingredients
– 2 cups of white wheat flower
– one teaspoon of oil
– baking soda
– 1/2 teaspoon of salt
– 1 egg
– 1 cup of warm water
– mashed beans
– scrambled eggs
– chicken or simmered beef