Thursday, April 5, 2012

Homemade Flour Tortillas!

Quicker than you can go to the store... in the next town over, you can make homemade flour tortillas!

This dough is beautiful to work with and strong enough to be rolled very thin for lovely fresh tortillas, perfect for grill night. Once you try homemade, you will never buy tortillas from the grocery store again.

I have two crepe pans, one cast iron and one heavy duty non-stick. They both did very well, but the cast iron gave more colour. Any heavy, shallow fry pan will be fine. And stay near the stove, these babies cook up fast!

Flour Tortillas
Tortillas de Harina

For I♥CC, ¡Bienvenido Rick!

Makes 12 tortillas

Recipe from the Authentic Mexican Cookbook
Online source - Recipes from Chef Rick Bayless

Ingredients

3/4 pound (2 3/4 cups) all-purpose flour, plus a little extra for rolling the tortillas
5 tablespoons lard or vegetable shortening, or a mixture of the two
3/4 teaspoon salt
about 3/4 cup very warm tap water

Makes great wraps!
Directions

1.   Make the dough.  Combine the flour and fat in a large mixing bowl, working in the fat with your fingers, until completely incorporated.  Dissolve the salt in the water, pour about 2/3 cup of it over the dry ingredients and immediately work it in with a fork; the dough will be in large clumps rather than a homogeneous mass.  If all the dry ingredients haven't been dampened, add the rest of the liquid (plus a little more, if necessary).  Scoop the dough onto your work surface and knead until smooth.  It should be medium-stiff consistency -- definitely not firm, but not quite as soft as most bread dough either.

2.   Rest the dough.  Divide the dough into 12 portions and roll each into a ball.  Set them on a plate, cover with plastic wrap and let rest at least 30 minutes (to make the dough less springy, easier to roll).

3.   Roll and griddle-bake the tortillas.  Heat an ungreased griddle or heavy skillet over medium to medium-high heat.

On a lightly floured surface, roll out a portion of the dough into an even 7-inch circle:  Flatten a ball of dough, flour it, then roll forward and back across it; rotate a sixth of a turn and roll forward and back again; continue rotating and rolling until you reach a 7-inch circle, lightly flouring the tortilla and work surface from time to time.

Lay the tortilla on the hot griddle (you should hear a faint sizzle and see an almost immediate bubbling across the surface).  After 30 to 45 seconds, when there are browned splotches underneath, flip it over.  Bake 30 to 45 seconds more, until the other side is browned; don't overbake the tortilla or it will become crisp.  Remove and wrap in a cloth napkin placed in a tortilla warmer.  Roll and griddle-bake the remaining tortillas in the same manner and stacking them one on top of the other.


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