Last updated on Jan 21st, 2021 at 12:55 pm
Here’s a recipe for Flour Tortillas – easy, cheap to make and a great alternative to bread.
2 cups flour ( for the those trying to be healthy add one cup whole wheat flour)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup vegetable shortening
1/2 cup warm water
Combine salt and flour in medium bowl. Rub shortening into flour with fingertips until mixture has fine, even texture. Stir in water until dough forms.
Knead dough on floured surface 2 to 3 minutes until smooth and elastic. Wrap in plastic wrap. Let stand for 30 minutes at room temperature.(this is important to develop the gluten the flour)
Knead dough a few times. Divide evenly into eight pieces for 10-inch (25cm) tortillas or 12 pieces for 8-inch (20cm) tortillas. Shape pieces into balls; cover with plastic wrap to prevent them from drying out.
Using rolling pin, roll out each dough ball on floured surface, turning over frequently, into 8- or 10-inch circle. Stack each tortilla between sheets of waxed paper.
Heat ungreased heavy griddle or skillet over medium-high heat until a little water, sprinkled on surface, dances. Carefully lay one tortilla on griddle; cook 20 to 30 seconds until top is bubbly and bottom is flecked with brown spots. Turn tortilla over, cook 15 to 20 seconds until flecked with brown spots. If tortilla puffs up while second side is cooking, press it down gently with spatula. Remove tortilla to foil.
Cook remaining tortillas as previously directed. If griddle becomes too hot, reduce heat to prevent burning. Stack cooked tortillas and cover with foil until all are cooked. use immediately or wrap in foil and keep warm in 250F or(120C) oven up to 30 minutes.
Tortillas are best fresh, but can be wrapped in foil and refrigerated up to 3 days or frozen up to two weeks. reheat in 350F (180C) oven 10 minutes before using.
By: Fatima Shah