Posted by: Jason Wood | June 24, 2010

Tortillas

Disconnect the smoke alarm, Dad’s making tortillas. These are so good and so easy to make and they make the store bought ones taste like paste. BUT….. they do make a LOT of smoke, so open the windows and take the batteries out of the smoke alarm (just for the moment I am not advising anyone to do this permanent – if I knew a lawyer they would make me put this in!)

Let’s get started, as I said easy to make, only four ingredients (five if you count water)

2 cups flour, 1/4 cup shortening, 1 teaspoon baking powder and a pinch of salt. Use a pastry blender (or two knives) and cut the shortening into the flour, stir in the baking powder and salt and then add in 3/4 cup of boiling water. Mix with a fork and then knead with your hands until a tight ball is formed.

Cut that ball in half, then half the halves, then half those halves (and if you are counting that is 8 )

then roll each of these pieces into a ball.

There is a really neat technique to do this that I learned when making BBQ pizza from the folks at King Arthur Flour. Cover these little balls with a damp towel and leave them sit for about twenty minutes. Then one-by-one flatten the balls with your hand

and roll them out

Looks like a whole bunch of flour frisbees!

OK, this is where the smoke sets in. If you have a cast iron pan this may go better for you but I don’t (on my wish list along with a stand mixer!). Using a regular frying pan, on high, no oil, no butter, nothing at all (starting to get the idea why there is so much smoke at this stage?), slap one of the dough frisbees in the pan and count to 25 Mississippi, then flip it over and do the same. You should see bubbles start to appear at about 20 Mississippi

a plate full of yummy goodness. Quesedillas, sandwich wraps, donairs or just smeared with peanut butter! Mmmm.

Enjoy.

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Responses

  1. Yum! And you used spelt flour, right?

  2. Oh, yeah, right. Of course I did! : )


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