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Sunday, January 29, 2012

Mi casa es su casa and my tortillas are yours too!


When I have some free time, there are many things I make at home rather than buying them at the store. Homemade just tastes so much better and you have the chance to select ingredients for your recipes that are low sodium, less fattening and without the use of a long list of preservatives.  I enjoy finding ways of doing more things the homemade way; tortillas are one of them.  They are not time consuming nor difficult to make.  All you need is a work surface and a rolling pin to make your tortillas. You can make them ahead of time and keep them refrigerated in a plastic bag or freeze them to preserve them even longer. 

Ingredients:
3 cups all purpose flour
Pinch salt
2 tsp baking powder
1 cup warm water
6 tbsp vegetable oil

Preparation:
Mix dry ingredients in a large bowl. Add vegetable oil. Next add warm water a little at a time until your dough is soft and not sticky. Knead the dough for a few minutes.

 
Pull off pieces of dough to form about 12 small dough balls. Let them rest for at least 10 minutes.



This is a good time to heat up the cast iron skillet. You will want to set it at medium to high heat. If it is too hot the tortillas will cook too fast.

Now you can roll out the dough with a rolling pin. Dust each ball with a little flour just before you roll them out. Lay the rolling pin in the center of the dough ball and roll up, center and roll down.  Lift the dough and turn it.  Again, place the rolling pin in the center and roll. Roll them out fairly thin.



Lay your tortilla on the hot skillet. It does not take a long time to cook; in fact they just take less than a minute. Flip to the other side. When they are done it should have lots of nice brown spots.  Stack them on a kitchen towel and keep them covered till ready to serve.
 
 

  

2 comments:

Greet said...

Yeay you solved my problem. I have often wanted to make this, but I always thought you had to make them with maize flour. But they look absolutely great with regular flour as well!

The Twisted Tine said...

Those are some spectacular lookin' tortillas. Stephanie keeps talking about making some of her own here at home, although I know we're both sort of hard-pressed for time... and so we keep buying them from the store. Maybe seeing this entry will help nudge her along.

I've had a couple really good tortillas, though. There's a major difference between fresh and the standard "Mission" kind you find in the supermarket, no doubt.

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