ArepasUser Submitted Recipe
2 cups pan flour,
2 cups water
3 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
Place two cups of flour in a mixing bowl. Add a pinch of salt and baking powder, and mix through with clean dry hands.
Measure two cups of warm water and pour onto flour.
Knead together the flour and water with your hands until the mixture is thoroughly blended and there are no grainy lumps. The perfect dough should roll easily into a large ball without cracking.
Break off a fistful of the dough and roll it into a ball in your hands. Pat it and turn it in your hands until its about half an inch thick and about 3-4 inches across. It should have the classic flying saucer shape.
Heat a little oil in a heavy frying pan and when hot add the arepas, The idea is to give the arepas a crunchy exterior, so don't turn the heat up too high. When the arepas are brown on one side turn them over. The whole process should not take longer than 10 minutes.
Preheat oven to 250 degrees.
When arepas have been browned, reduce oven to 200 degrees, place arepas on a baking tray at the top of the oven for 15-20 minutes. When ready they should sound hollow when tapped with a knife.
Serve with butter and grated cheese. Enjoy.