Over the last few years, I have found myself using tortillas more and more. I use them instead of bread for sandwiches. (otherwise known as "wraps") I toast them in a bowl shape and put salad in them. Of course there are tons of Mexican food applications like soft tacos, enchiladas, tostadas, etc. I have also toasted them in triangles for a crunchy snack, either with salt or with cinnamon sugar. Their uses are endless! But, as always with stuff that is good, they are not that cheap, so I decided to learn to make my own. I was shocked at how simple it was.
- 4 cups white flour (you can use ground wheat flour if you prefer)
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 2 tablespoons butter (can use shortening but its not as flavorful)
- 1 1/2 cups warm water (lukewarm, not hot!)
- Turn on your oven to its lowest setting
- Stir together the baking powder, salt and flour
- Cut butter into pieces and drop into the flour mixture and mix with your hands until you get a crumble consistency
- Slowly add the water, stirring until you have smooth dough
- Flour your counter and place the dough on it and kneed with your hands, briefly. Do not over kneed as it will add too much flour to the dough
- With a rolling pin, roll out the dough and cut into 24 pieces
- Spray your skillet with cooking spray or use a teaspoon of oil and turn on the heat medium-high
- Roll each piece into a ball and then flatten to a circular tortilla thickness with a rolling pin
- Place the tortilla in the skillet and cook until golden and toasty, then flip and do the same to the other side
- Remove from skillet and place on paper towels in a warm oven
- Do the same with the rest of the pieces
- When you are done, serve or put them in a container with a tight fitting lid, trying to get out as much air as possible
Since these tortillas don't have any preservatives, they must be kept in the refrigerator, and eaten within a few days or a week. Mine rarely make it that long!
Have a great weekend!