4/5/12

Version 2 - Flour Tortillas


This isn't quite the same as Gram Gram's Recipe but looks like something I wanna try to test and see how they compare taste wise... Once again Thanks Stella B!!!

We eat a lot of Mexican food at our house and prefer flour tortillas. Tortillas really aren't difficult to make at all. The process is pretty simple, the only time consuming part is waiting for the tortillas to cook. Fresh tortillas taste so much better than the store bought variety and this is one recipe I'll be using often.


Working at Don Pablos years ago, I watched the 'tortilla lady' make hundreds of tortillas with the help of machinery that rolled the balls and flattened them out. The restaurant also had a huge griddle to work with, making homemade mass production easy. I would never have guessed a home cook could make delicious tortillas without any special equipment.

I found this gem in The Pioneer Woman's collection and she does an excellent job explaining, so go there if you enjoy more photos. She used lard, I used Crisco and had great results. I would agree with her tips at the bottom the post. (using her tips, I only screwed up one that I left on the griddle and walked away...it turned into a tortilla cracker)


Flour Tortillas
2 1/2 cups flour
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup plus 2 Tbsp vegetable shortening or lard
1 cup very hot water

Mix dry ingredients in a large bowl. Cut vegetable shortening into flour mixture with a fork. Add hot water and mix until combined. Knead 30-40 times in the bowl until a soft ball starts to form. Cover with plastic wrap for 1 hour to allow dough to rest. Divide and form into 16 balls. Allow balls to rest another 30 minutes on a sheet of plastic wrap. Heat a medium to medium-high griddle. Roll balls thinly on countertop (no dusting needed) and place on hot griddle for 20-30 seconds per side, or until brown spots form, tortillas are still soft, but not doughy. Stack and cover to keep hot until ready to serve. Cool completely before refrigerating. Refresh in microwave if needed.



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