Thursday was Mexican Night at the Malloy Homestead (yes of last week.. get off my back, you!). I set out on a mission to make my own tortillas. I began channeling my inner abuela... or did a Google search and found this recipe. I did have to work hard to find the right recipe. I wanted to stay at least an arm's length from a recipe calling for lard. I mean, this is a blog about healthy, but still yummy eating.
Jackpot. Found one that did.
The best part?! It was so simple to make. These tortillas had a unique freshness to them that was so much more appealing than purchasing already made ones in the store. MAKE THIS. MAKE THIS AND THEN TAKE A SIESTA.
You're welcome :-)
What should you do with your tortillas?! You can make burritos like we did, yum! And used the left overs to make egg wraps for breakfast (DapperDan's idea!)
Homemade Flour Tortillas
Courtesy: Julia Rodriguez and Recipezaar.com
Yields 12 Tortillas
4 cups flour
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 TBS baking powder
3 TBS vegetable oil
1 1/2 cups warm water (not HOT)
"1. Mix the dry ingredients.
2. Add oil and mix with hands.
3. Mixing with your hands, add water a little at a time, until you get a soft dough.
4. You should be able to mix in all the dry ingredients, but the dough shouldn't be sticky.
5. (You can add in more flour if you add too much water.) On a floured surface, knead the dough for 2- 4 minutes, adding flour if the dough is sticky.
6. Form dough into a ball, cover with towel and place upside down bowl over dough.
7. Let the dough rest for 15-20 minutes.
8. NOTE: the dough will not rise, this just rests the gluten.
9. Heat ungreased griddle to medium-high.
10. Break off golf-ball sized pieces of dough and flatten into 5 inch circles.
11. On a floured surface roll out tortillas using a back and forth motion, turning the tortilla 1/4 turn after each roll.
12. Flip the tortilla at least once.
13. Place tortilla on hot griddle and cook till bubbles rise (20-25 seconds).
14. Flip and cook on the other side 20-25 seconds.
15. Finished tortillas will be speckled with brown.
16. Place cooked tortilla in a bowl covered and lined with a towels.
17. NOTE: When you get good you should be able to roll out a tortilla while one on the griddle cooks."