Boil some water, measure out 2 ladles, add a generous pinch of salt and let the water cool slightly. It still needs to be warm when making the dough. Put the semolina flour into a bowl, add the warm salted water a bit at a time whilst using your hand or a fork to mix the flour and water together. Once you have a ‘dough’ turn it out onto a lightly floured work surface. I use a wooden pastry board. You may not need all the water as you don’t want it to be very wet.
Continue to work and knead the dough until it is soft, supple and just slightly tacky. Roll it into a ball and then wrap it in a sheet of cling film or a cotton kitchen towel and let it rest for at least 30 minutes at room temperature.
When you are ready to make your lorighittas, cut off a small piece of the dough and stretch and roll it with the palms of your hands until you get a strand with a diameter slightly larger than a strand of bucatini. (also about the size of a US size 3/ UK size 10 knitting needle!) Don’t worry if a bit bigger. You’ll get better at it. Mine were quite thick. My hubby’s were better! The important thing is the strands don’t break.
Roll the strand around the index, middle and ring fingers of one hand making two loops, join the two ends by pressing with your fingertips to obtain a double ring, then intertwine the two rings on themselves to obtain a single braided ring. (Hold the rings where they are joined then gently take one ring and weave it in and out the other). Repeat with the rest of the dough.
Place the ready lorighittas on a floured tray or cotton kitchen towel until you have made them all.