Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Recipe of the Week

Have you ever read the ingredients list of
the store bought tortillas? It's nauseating.
You are getting preservatives, additives, and
probably some form of sugar-since they add it
to everything now.

There are 5 ingredients in tortillas.
not 50. Just 5.

Flour Tortillas

4c flour
1/8 tsp baking powder
1/2 c lard
1 1/2 tsp sea salt
1c lukewarm water

*Yes, lard. Buy it from a farmer or butcher- I used this
rather than factory made crisco.
Do your research on lard,
it was just another victim
of the Great American Fat Scare.

Place the 4c of flour and the baking powder
into a large bowl, whisk together.
Add in the lard and combine using your hands.
Work the lard into the flour until you have
a mealy consistency.

In a separate bowl, add the salt into the
lukewarm water and stir. Slowly drizzle the water/salt mixture
over the flour while slowly mixing it in with your hand.
Knead the dough until it is no longer sticky,
shape into a ball, and transfer to a plate.
Cover the plate with the bowl you just used and
let that sit for 20 minutes.

After the 20 minutes slice the dough into 12 pieces,
and roll each into a ball and lightly flatten the top.
Once all have been rolled and flattened cover with a piece
of saran wrap and let sit for another 20 minutes.

Heat a large griddle or pan over medium heat, and
roll out a piece of the pre-shaped dough on a lightly floured
surface. You want roll it out as thinly as possible- a trick is to
peel it up and rotate the dough each time you roll. This will avoid
sticking and make the counter to pan process a little easier.
*Because I used a pan, they had to be a certain size so after I rolled the dough out
I traced around a small plate with a knife and cut out
a small (pan sized) circle

This was one of the few that I didn't trace, that's why the shape is all
funky. I haven't mastered the art of rolling dough into a perfect circle yet.

Place the tortilla onto the hot pan/griddle and let cook for
15-20 seconds. flip. Give the second side 15-20 seconds. flip.
continue this until it starts to lightly brown on both sides. Remove from heat.
Repeat this process with the rest of the dough.

Before you know it, you have a pile of homemade tortillas.

1 comment:

Rebecca said...

Those look so good!