Let’s talk about taco hats

For the enlightened among you who have watched Despicable Me 2, you will remember the pang of jealousy you felt as you watched Gru snap off a piece of his chip hat, dip it into the guacamole-filled brim, and chew contentedly.

For those of you who have yearned for a chip hat of your own, your day has come. I bring you – the Taco Hat.

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This was made using a recipe I found here but I varied the measurements slightly and achieved the same result, using the following ingredients:

  • 1.5 cups of flour;
  • 300g of cornstarch;
  • 300mL of warm water;
  • 225g of margarine; and
  • a pinch of salt.

Once you’ve assembled your ingredients, preheat the oven to 400 degrees F and take the following steps.

  1. Mix the flour and cornstarch together until well combined.
  2. Melt the margarine slightly, add salt and pour the warm mixture into a well inside the flour mixture. Combine thoroughly until the mixture resembles crumbs of sand.
  3. Add water slowly to the mixture while you’re kneading it. Remember to add water slowly, kneading each time, because you may not need the full amount of water. Play it by ear, and stop adding water once you achieve a firm dough consistency that no longer sticks to your hands.
  4. Roll out the dough onto a well-floured surface. Place a bowl upside down in the middle of a large saucepan and cover the entire surface area with aluminium foil. Spread the rolled-out dough onto the bowl-saucepan frame so that you create a hat-like structure, with the dough creeping up the sides of the saucepan to create a nice brim for the guacamole to sit in.
  5. Brush the dough with a mixture of beaten egg and olive oil, to hold the shape together and give the hat a lovely golden colour in the oven.
  6. Bake in the oven at 400 degrees F until it starts to turn golden. Press the brim of the hat to check its solidity, and if you’re happy with how strong it is, remove it from the oven.

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To make the guacamole, I just mashed 10 avocados, seasoned with salt and pepper, and added the juice of 3 lemons. Enjoy your taco hats!

Hasta luego!

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