Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Wheat Tortillas

My daughter just loved "tias and holies!" Tortillas are easy to make and very flexible. Increase the whole wheat flour if you like. Traditional tortillas are made with lard, but as lard is not so popular these days, here's my version using shortening.

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Wheat Flour Tortillas
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The good stuff therein:

3 cups unbleached organic white flour
1 cup organic whole wheat flour
2 t salt
4 t baking powder
1/4 cup shortening (Crisco is my preference)
1 1/2 cup lukewarm water

What comes next:

Mix the flours, salt, and baking powder in a medium sized bowl. Then add the shortening. You can start by cutting it in like you would baking powder biscuits, but it's really a lot more fun to mess around in it with your hands. Mix and knead the dough until it's smooth and sort of like pie dough.

Cover the mound of dough with a wet tea towel and let it sit quietly at rest for about a half an hour.

Divide the dough into 16 equal rounds - roll them all up into nice little balls.

On a floured surface, roll each ball to form a large thin circle.

You can stack these with wax paper between them and set them by the stove so they are all nice and handy.

Heat a skillet over medium heat. Dip a paper towel into some good oil like canola or vegetable and quickly wipe the skillet. Add one tortilla and cook for only 1-2 minutes on each side. Cook just until the brown spots start appearing.

Cook them all, stack in one of those nice tortilla warmers if you have one and then enjoy.

You will never have a more mindful burrito or taco experience.

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