Like most of us eco worriers I’ve been making changes in every aspect of my life in order to reduce my plastic consumption and reduce my carbon footprint.
As a family of four with two fussy children there are some things that are extremely hard to avoid. For example, for lunches my kids love wraps and they always come in plastic. I’ve managed to switch a normal bread loaf for a fresh loaf to avoid the plastic but so far I cannot avoid plastic with regards to wraps, so it’s something I’ve still been buying.
Yesterday I decided enough was enough and so I came up with the idea of researching home made versions of kitchen staples which usually only come in plastic.
So here it is, my very first post in the new section of the blog “Plastic free kitchen staples.”
I found my wrap recipe on Pinterest (my absolute go to for recipes) and I so made my own wraps! I cannot tell you how easy they were and I am notoriously terrible at baking.
They aren’t circular like the shop bought ones but they are 100% made by me, with only a few ingredients that most people would already have in their cupboards.
Now I have no need to buy shop bought wraps l ever again 😊
Here’s the recipe… I substituted wholemeal flour for plain as I didn’t have any in the cupboard 🤷♀️
Time needed around 1.5 – 2 hours
The recipe makes 16 small or 8 large wraps depending on your preference.
The dough takes approximately 15 minutes to make (5 minutes to activate yeast, 5 minutes for mixing, 5 minutes for kneading)
Proving time 45 minutes
Separating dough, rolling and cooking around 30 minutes depending on your speed.
Large mixing bowl
Extra flour for flouting your surface
Spoon for mixing
Large rolling pin
Knife for cutting dough
Non stick frying pan
Plate for cooked wraps
A bit of patience… 😬
Step 1 – put the yeast and sugar in a large mixing bowl and pour in the water. Leave to sit for 5 minutes to allow the yeast to activate. Whilst I was waiting I got the other ingredients ready.
Step 2 – After 5 minutes have passed add the salt and the olive oil to the mixing bowl and stir well.
Step 3 – Add in three cups of flour (you can use plain or wholemeal) I used plain flour for my recipe as I didn’t have any wholemeal in my pantry.
Step 4 – Mix together with your hands until the dough resembles play dough. If it’s too wet add a bit more flour and if it’s too dry add a little water.
Step 5 – Flour your work surface and knead your dough for 5-10 minutes.
Step 6 – Flour your mixing bowl and put the dough back in. Cover and leave for 45 minutes to prove.
Step 7 – Make sure your work surface is floured well and put your dough on ready to separate.
Step 8 – Cut the dough in half, half again etc until you have 16 pieces of dough, or 8 if you’d like to make larger wraps.
Step 9 – Heat your frying pan (no need for oil) on medium heat.
Step 10 – With your hands, roll each piece of dough into a ball. Begin to roll out with rolling pin, turning the dough clockwise with each roll. This will help it stay more circular. Make sure you flour your surface after every wrap has been rolled otherwise it will stick and rip when you try to pick it up. How you roll will determinate the thickness of your wraps. I did mine one at a time and whilst one was cooking I was rolling the next.
Step 10 – Pick up your wraps and place in the frying pan. After five minutes use a spatula to turn the wrap over. The wrap should have golden spots on it if it’s ready. If not put it back on that side until you reach the desired colour. Once both sides are ready pop onto your plate and put the next one in…. and so on!
If you don’t have time to roll and cook all of your dough you can freeze some for another time.
The wraps also freeze well (so I’m told) so if you don’t use them all then you can freeze them for another day. 😊
Please let me know if you try these out I’d love to know how you all get on.
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