I love dough. Anything made that I can stick my hands in, knead, and pound. Really, I don’t know if there is any food more satisfying than something that has been made with dough. One thing I’d always been a little intimidated by was tortillas, though. I tried them though and was surprised at how easy and delicious they turned out to be.
Makes 10 (10 in.) Tortillas
- 2 1/2 cups All Purpose Flour, plus extra to form tortillas.
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/3 Cup shortening
- 1 cup hot water ( Add the water little by little to the dough as in more humid climates less water may be needed)
In a large bowl, place the flour, baking powder, salt and mix. Incorporate the shortening with your hands or a fork until you have a crumbly dough.
Add the hot water a little by little just until the dough holds together.
Turn dough onto a lightly floured work surface and knead until smooth.
Divide the dough in 10 pieces rolling into a smooth ball with the palm of your hand.
Cover in a slightly damp kitchen towel and let the gluten develop for 30-45 minutes.
After your dough has rested place an ungreased griddle on medium heat. Lightly press your balls into soft disk shape then use your rolling pin to start forming the tortillas on a lightly floured surface. Adding too much flour to the surface will cause your tortillas to be dry.
7. To form the tortillas place each disk onto the working area with the rolling pin in the middle. Press forward without going all the way to the edge and then press backwards towards yourself again stopping before the edge. Turn the tortilla a half turn and repeat the process. Flip the tortilla and do it all again until you have a circle measuring about inches. One of these measured boards is convenient but not necessary.
Place the tortilla in your already hot surface. During the first 20 to 30 seconds, the tortilla starts forming air bubbles and light brown spots will show at the bottom side of the tortilla, turn the tortilla, and during the next 20 seconds, more air bubbles will form. Turn again. At this time the tortilla will puff up like in the picture above. This last step will take about 10 seconds. Remove the tortilla and wrap with a kitchen towel while making the rest of the tortillas.
Refridgerate to store!
Are there any recipes that you have been nervous to try? Did you try them or do you plan to?