Sunday, December 2, 2012

Fresh off the Pan Tortillas

Considering how much Spanish/Mexican food I make, I've probably spent a fortune on tortillas in the last few years.  I've had some of the best homemade tortillas during some family gatherings and I decided to make some for myself.  These can be made to suit all kinds of different meals and I encourage you to play with it!

Homemade Flour Tortillas

*Makes 8 six inch (really thin) tortillas

2 C. Flour
3/4 tsp. Salt (this is close to taste. Any less will not be enough, but you might want more than this so keep that in mind if you expect the salt to stand out.)
1 tsp. Baking Powder
1 Tbsp. Oil, lard or Shortening (either work I just find it easier to mix with oil)
3/4 C. HOOOOOOOT Water

1. Sift all dry ingredients together.
2. Add the water and oil. (if you use shortening or lard, add that first and mix well with a fork to distribute it)
3. Mix until it starts to form into dough.  Kneed the dough for 5-10 mins adding flour or a sprinkle of water if needs be.
4. Separate into little balls.  If you want fajita size, you'll get about 8, if you want burrito size, this makes about 4.
5. Cover the bowl with a towel and let it sit for 10 mins.
6. Put a pan (cast iron, skillet, griddle, or whatever you have that's large enough for the size you're making) on the stove and heat it to medium high.  Spray the pan with non-stick spray for each tortilla!
7. Flour your counter and the rolling pin and roll them out one at a time. You can make them as thick or thin as you'd like.  I go for the store bought thickness so roll it out about as thick as a dime.
8. Cook in the pan for about 30-45 seconds (or until it starts to brown nicely) on one side.  Flip to the other side and cook for another 15-25 seconds.  Put on a plate covered with a towel or if you're fortunate enough to have a tortilla warmer, you can use that!
9. Repeat until they're all made and enjoy!

**To make things interesting, you can use all kinds of seasonings in the dough depending on what you plan to make with them!  You can make sandwich wraps with herbs, or a thicker tortilla similar to naan.  Garlic powder and chili powder are always favorites as well!  Get a little crazy!**

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