We ran out of tortillas the other day and I did not feel up to going to the store. So I decided to make my own, I know lots of my friends make them every week. I had just never tried to make them myself. I used a recipe out of an old family cookbook.
You will need:
- 4 cups of flour
- 1/8 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 cup vegetable shortening or lard
- 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup plus 3 table spoons Hot water (not boiling)
In a bowl add 4 cups flour, 1/8 teaspoon baking powder and vegetable shortening.
With a fork cut the shortening into the flour, till it is well blended. It will have the texture of cornmeal
In another bowl at 1 1/2 teaspoon salt to your HOT water. Stir till salt is dissolved.
Add the salt water to the flour mixture in a thin stream, stir as you add the water.
Knead with your fist, till well blended (add a little more water if needed)
Dough ball will start to form
Place dough ball in bottom of bowl, cover with a cloth and let rest for 20 minutes
Split into 4 pieces, and then cut each of them into 3…. for a total of 12 mini dough balls
Use a rolling pin or tortilla press to press flat. Or in our case we used a cup…. and my little helpers
Get it as thin as you can without tearing
Cook on hot pan over medium/high heat 15 seconds on each side till done.
Total cook time of 30-60 seconds depending on pan used and temp.
It was a fun project and they were rather yummy. I found I liked them even better the next day, when I re-heated them in a pan with a touch of oil. Tortillas are rather prices lately so this may be something we start to make more often. If we do, then I will need to invest in a tortilla press.
Have you made your own tortillas before? Any tips?