April 16, 2011

Flour Tortillas


I have been busy. Two of my girlfriends have gotten married, we're down people at work so I've been swamped and T had knee surgery. So I've been out of the kitchen and eating a lot of cereal (hardly blog worthy!). But I've missed it like crazy. I've missed having down time and being alone in the kitchen, so as soon as I found some time, I made these tortillas. I knew they would take some time to make, but it was easy work and well worth the effort. 

The difference between these and the store-bought kind is unbelievable. These were warm, delicious, endearingly individual looking (i.e. not uniform -- at all), a just incredibly fresh tasting. I wouldn't make these all the time, and they would work better as a taco shape over a burrito, but boy they were good.

You can put whatever you want in them, but stay tuned to see what I filled these up with!

Flour Tortillas
Makes 14-16 tortillas

Ingredients
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tbsp lard
  • 1 cup hot water
Directions
  • Combine flour, baking powder and salt in a large bowl and mix.
  • Add the lard and use a pastry cutter to combine the ingredients until they look like coarse crumbs.
  • Slowly pour in the hot water, stirring to bring the mixture together. Lightly knead the dough 30 to 40 times until it becomes a cohesive ball and becomes less sticky (this will happen the more you knead).
  • Roll into ping pong sized balls, place on a tray, cover with a tea towel and let rest for about 30 minutes.
  • When you're ready to make the tortillas, heat a dark or cast iron griddle to medium - medium high heat. 
  • One by one, roll out the balls of dough until very, very thin. Place one at a time on the griddle and cook on each side for about 20-30 seconds. You'll know to flip because large bubbles will form on the side. Flip and then remove from the heat once the tortillas are still soft but are slightly brown in spots. 
  • Remove and stack tortillas as you cook them, covering with a tea towel to keep them warm.
Recipe from The Pioneer Woman


11 comments:

  1. Interesting recipe, I have never made tortillas but made something similar. I will try these, thanks for the recipe

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  2. amazing! i cannot wait to try these. we go through tons of tortillas!

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  3. Wow, i usually purchase tortillas but these are definitely worth trying, tortillas are not cheap and this would save a ton of money!! Thanks for the recipe!!

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  4. I've never thought of making tortillas before, but these look great. Sounds like you've had a busy month!

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  5. *stays tuned for the filling*

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  6. WOW made your own tortilla; I am so impressed, bet they taste that much better than teh store bought.
    Rita

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  7. These look great. I'd love to make my own tortillas!

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  8. I've always wanted to make my own tortillas but never got around to it. Kudos to you for giving it a go. I need to try as well as I hear they are so much better than store bought.

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  9. Wow, that's so cool that you make your own tortillas! Can't wait to find out how you filled them. :-)

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  10. Oh! Homemade tortillas? They sure look yummie and no need to mention that they taste much better than the store bought ones. Hope you are having a "slower" week :-)

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  11. I'll have to try this one out. I love a simple recipe which delivers great results! :)

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