I found time last weekend to try out a recipe I’ve wanted to make for a long time – homemade flour tortillas! I’m a big fan of tacos, but not so big a fan of the plastic Ziplocs tortillas are packaged in. When I buy tortillas, they last a long time, and I always reuse the bag, but still – how many empty tortilla bags can one person reuse?
Luckily, this recipe proved to be so easy and fast that I will never, ever again buy tortillas from the store. They are delicious and can be made in minutes. Here’s the recipe:
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 3 tablespoons shortening
- 2/3 cup warm water
Step 1: Mix dry ingredients together. Cut in shortening with pastry cutter or two knives. Stir in the water and knead into a soft dough (I kneaded for 3-4 minutes). Cover dough with a kitchen towel and let rest for 15 minutes (mine “rested” for about 5 minutes….).
Step 2: Divide dough into 12 pieces. Roll out on a floured surface until they are about 6 inches round.
Step 3: Heat a frying pan or griddle. Don’t add oil or cooking spray. When the pan reaches about medium high, slap in a rolled-out piece of dough, wait 1 to 2 minutes until is starts to bubble, then flip it over.
Step 4: Isn’t this is the easiest thing ever? I’m storing mine in a Ziploc bag and so far, they’ve kept in the fridge for more than a week. I’ve been bringing them in my lunch for wraps and burritos. Yum!