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Total time: under 15 minutes
Skill level: Easy
Cost: Inexpensive
Yield: Makes enough dough for 5 to 10 arepas, depending on the size
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Notes

This is the dough used for making basic arepas or cornbread. It is also the basis for dumplings, tamales, and other specialties.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup arepa flour (see Notes)
  • ½ teaspoon salt (optional)
  • 1½ cups hot water

Directions

In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour and salt (if using). Add the water and mix with a wooden spoon or your hands to make a soft dough. Cover with plastic wrap, let stand for 5 minutes, and then knead for about 3 minutes, until smooth. If the dough is too dry, wet your hands and continue kneading and wetting your hands until the dough is soft. (If the dough is too dry, the arepas will crack around the edges when you shape them into disks.) The dough is now ready to be shaped into standard arepas or to be mixed and kneaded with other ingredients.

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Nutritional Information

Nutrients per serving

42kcal (2%)
1mg (0%)
0mg (0%)
1mcg RAE (0%)
37mg
11mg
1g
0g
1g
9g
0mg (0%)
117mg (5%)
0g (0%)
0g (1%)
0mg (2%)