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Who knew homemade tortillas were so easy (and addictive)?


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Who knew homemade tortillas were so easy (and addictive)?

megek | Apr 12, 2007 10:20 AM

Last night was my first time making homemade tortillas. And I am here to report that they are really simple, and VERY tasting. I made flour tortillas, since they are my boyfriend's favorite.

After a little searching, I decided on sivyaleah's recipe:

Several other recipes included baking soda, and I wasn't sure if I should include it or not. But searching online, I found a reference to Rick Bayless' recipe, which didn't include baking soda, so I went soda-less. Also, I used Spectrum Organic non-hydrogenated shortening. I think shortening is a frightening product, but lard is out (I'm a veg) and I was worried about substituting butter on my first attempt.

Sivyaleah's recipe:
makes 8 8-inch tortillas, maybe takes 1 to 1-1/2 hours from start to finish, including resting time

2 cups AP flour
1/4 cup shortening
2/3 cup warm water
1 teaspoon salt

Cut shortening into flour. Dissolve salt in warm water, then add gradually to flour mixture. Mix until dough begins to form. Turn onto floured surface and knead about 3 minutes. Divide ball into 8 smaller balls (for ~ 8-inch tortillas). Cover balls with plastic wrap and rest at least 30 min (mine ended up resting about 2 hours).

Heat cast iron pan over medium/medium-high heat. Preheat oven on low (~200 degrees). On floured surface, roll out ball until about 8 inches or so in diameter. Grill in dry pan, maybe about 30 seconds on each side. I flipped mine back and forth a couple of times, until they looked done. I held the tortillas in the warm oven (in between a towel, on top of a pizza stone) while I cooked the rest and plated dinner.

The results? Delicious, tender tortillas, that left your mouth watering for more. We each had one straight off the griddle, with a little butter. Heaven. Two more with dinner (well, the boy had three). And gasp! We ate 7 of the 8 in one sitting! How embarrassing. Maybe I shouldn't make these very often... Today I will see how the last, lonely tortilla survived in a ziplock overnight.

Served with homemade black beans, cilantro rice, fajitas, guacamole, and homebrew (ESB). Oh, and next time - corn tortillas! Any favorite recipes?

Photos of the process:

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