Thursday, March 12, 2009

Homemade Tortillas--store bought flour

My friend, Stephanie-the same one who gave me the recipe for "No-Fail French Bread" (which we had with dinner last night--YUM)--gave me two recipes for homemade tortillas. One is for freshly milled whole wheat flour and one is for store bought. Eventually, we might get there, but for now, this will be the recipe I use--the one for store bought flour.


2 cups flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup veg shortening
1/2 cup warm water

Combine flour and salt in medium bowl. Cut in shortening until mixture has a fine texture. Stir in water until dough forms.

Knead dough for 2 or 3 minutes - wrap in plastic and let sit 30 minutes at room temperature - this is an important step.

Knead dough a few times - divide into 8 pieces. Shape into balls and cover with plastic. Keep covered.

Roll out on floured surface, turning frequently.

Heat ungreased skillet over med-high heat until a little a water sprinkled on the surface dances.

Place tortilla in pan - cook 20 to 30 seconds until top is bubbly and bottom is flecked with brown spots. Turn over and cook 20 to 30 seconds more. If tortilla puffs when cooking, press down gently with spatula. Remove. If pan becomes to hot - turn heat down.

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