Sunday, July 8, 2007

Homemade Tortillas

My Grandmother is well known for her yummy Tex-Mex food. Along with other Mexican dishes, she has shown me how to make tortillas by hand. Once you try these you'll never want another store bought tortilla!! :) I can't wait to show our future children what their Great-Grandmother has taught me.

4 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup baking powder
4 tablespoons salt
1/2 cup shortening or lard
1-2 cups boiling water


Mix flour, baking powder, salt and shortening in large mixing bowl. Add hot water a little bit at a time as it will be very hot. Keep mixing water until you get a dough (masa) that is a playdough like consistency. (You may need to add flour as you go along.) This is what it should look like at this point.

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Next you will want to separate the dough mix into small patties.

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Once you have made all of the patties (should be approx 12-18 depending on how big you would like the tortillas to be), roll them out with a rolling pin into circular shapes (good luck on this- my Grandmother said it took her years to perfect) I'm still working on it. LOL
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Once you have all of your patties rolled out, it's time to cook them. After you have done this a few times you'll be able to roll and cook at the same time. ;) Heat a hot plate or a non-stick cooking pan to med-high heat. You will know when to turn the tortilla over in the pan because little bubbles will form on the face up side. Once you see the bubbles flip the tortilla over and cook for another 30 sec- 1 min.

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Be sure to put the tortillas in a container with a lid or cover with foil. Here is the final results. A fav snack from my Grandmother are tortillas with cheese. Tonight I will use these for soft tacos.

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about making these! Have fun! :)

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1 comment:

Kevin said...

Those look good and they actually sound fairly easy to make. I will have to try making my own tortillas the next time I make tacos or burritos.