|Home-made Flour Tortillas|
Until I actually tried to make home made flour tortillas, I would never have believed that it was easy to make. There are a lot of flour tortilla recipes on the web but I chose the one I reproduced below because it required vegetable oil and not lard, and very little of it, too. I also liked how detailed it explained the procedure on how to make the tortillas.
On my first crack at making tortillas though, I rolled out the dough a little too thick and I ended up what looked more like pita than tortilla. So I made it a point to roll the dough out as thin as I could the next time. That did the trick and I got soft flour tortillas all the time ever since.
Homemade Flour Tortilla Recipe
2 cups of white flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
2 tsp. vegetable oil
3/4 cup warm water
Combine the flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl. In another bowl combine the warm water and oil.
Add the water/oil mixture to the flour mixture, one tablespoon at a time and mix the dough with a fork. Once the water is mixed in, add another tablespoon of water and repeat the process until all the water is mixed into the dough.
The dough will be sticky.
Fold the dough back onto itself, give a quarter turn and push again with the palms and heels of your hands. Just repeat the process of pressing, folding and turning for about 4 or 5 minutes. Add a dusting of flour when the dough gets sticky.
If the dough sticks to the cutting board while kneading, scrape up the dough and dust the board with a little flour and continue kneading.
Eventually the stickiness will go away and you will have a nice smooth dough.
Place the dough back into the bowl and cover it with a damp towel or damp paper towel. Let the dough rest for 20 minutes.
Divide the dough into golf-ball-size balls by pinching off the dough with your thumb and fore finger. Form each ball into a nice ball shape.
Place the balls on a flat dish making sure they don't touch each other and cover with the damp cloth.
Let the dough rest again for 10 minutes.
Preheat a skillet or cast iron pan on medium high heat. You really can't beat cast iron pans for even heat distribution and their ability to withstand high heat without warping.
Lightly dust your wooden cutting board with flour. Take one of the balls of dough and flatten it out on the cutting board to a 4 inch circle. Rub flour on your rolling pin and begin to roll out the dough starting from the center out. Roll the tortilla until it is 6 or 7 inches in diameter and about 1/8 inch thick.
It's difficult to roll out a perfectly round tortilla so if that is important to you, you can always trim the tortilla with a knife.
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Once you have rolled out the tortilla, place it on a preheated skillet. You don't need to add any oil or butter. Cook the tortilla for about 30 seconds. You will notice brown spots all over your tortilla. Flip it over and cook an additional 30 seconds.
Don't over cook it as you want the tortilla to be nice and soft.
Keep your tortillas warm by covering them in a towel on a plate or in a tortilla warmer.