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Chilean Flatbreads Recipe (Churrascas)
Chilean Flatbreads Recipe (Churrascas)

Churrascas are a traditional Chilean preparation that has been part of Chilean cuisine for decades. They are affordable, delicious, and easy to prepare. These flatbreads are an ideal alternative to commercial bread and are perfect for sharing with family.

How to make Chilean Churrascas?

The basic recipe for churrascas is quite similar to the one used for “tortilla de rescoldo,” but it uses vegetable oil instead of lard. Churrascas are typically cooked in a skillet, although they can also be made using a toaster, in the oven, or even on a grill.

Nutritional Information

Category: Breads
Cuisine: Chilean
Vitamins: B1, B2, B3, D, E
Minerals: Iron, Calcium
Calories: 300
Preparation: 30 minutes
Cooking: 20 minutes
Servings: 6 people

Skillet Flatbreads (Churrascas) recipe

Ingredients

  • 500 g of flour (no baking powder)
  • 200 ml of warm water
  • 50 g of lard (3 tablespoons)
  • 10 g of salt (2 teaspoons)
  • 2 g of baking powder (½ teaspoon)
  • 2 g of baking soda (½ teaspoon)

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, sift the flour and add the baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Mix everything well with your fingers until fully combined.
  2. Incorporate the lard and add the warm water gradually while working the mixture with your hands or a wooden spoon, just enough to form a soft dough that doesn’t stick to your hands. Transfer to a floured surface and knead for about 5 to 10 minutes until you get a smooth and uniform texture.
  3. Divide the dough into 6 equal portions, shape them into round loaves, and roll them out with a rolling pin to form flatbreads about 15 centimeters in diameter and ½ centimeter thick. Prick them with a fork on both sides and cover them.
  4. Heat a skillet or a toaster and cook over medium-low heat (without adding oil) for about 5 minutes on each side until they are golden. Repeat the process as needed. Optionally, you can also grill the churrascas.
  5. Serve the churrascas immediately while they are still warm, plain or accompanied by avocado, cheese, tomato, ham, or your preferred toppings.

Churrascas in the oven

Optionally, you can bake your churrascas in the oven by placing them on a buttered baking sheet and cooking them at 180°C (356°F) for 20 minutes, turning them after 10 minutes.

Churrascas on the grill

If you prefer to cook the churrascas on the grill, heat the grill until you can hold your hand over the fire for 3 seconds (175-190°C – 347-374°F) and cook them on both sides.

Whole wheat churrascas

A whole wheat variation of the recipe involves replacing at least half of the white flour, and possibly all of it, with whole wheat flour. You can experiment to find the combination you like the most.

Did you know?

It is generally recommended to consume churrascas when they are fresh and newly made, or at most on the same day of preparation, as they tend to become tough after a few hours.

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