Do it Yourself Tortillas
|January 24, 2011||Posted by Kimberly Rae Miller under Adventurous Cooking, Cooking School, Healthy Eating, Savings/Shortcuts, Vegetarian, What's for Dinner|
I am approximately one month into my 12-month stint of making all my own processed foods.
I am not one to feign righteousness when I’m wrong: I was wrong about the whole ‘cost effectiveness’ aspect of this little project of mine. In fact, making my own yogurt, pickles, salsa, and hummus has actually been fairly expensive. I’m in it to win it, which means I’m going to have to be a bit more thrifty in other aspects of my life.
The one frugal brightspot in my adventure so far has been homemade tortillas.
Okay, that’s not entirely true, it did cost me $7 to buy a tub of organic, non-hydrogenated shortening for the single Tablespoon necessary for this recipe, but now that it’s in my pantry these suckers will be cheap as they come, just add flour, salt, and water. Tortillas for everyone!
Yields 8 large tortillas
- 1.5 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
- .5 cups whole wheat flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking powder (honestly, I tried it with and without the baking powder and it didn’t make much of a difference)
- 1 tablespoon shortening
- .5 cup water
- Combine dry ingredients in a bowl, add shortening and combine until it becomes a coarse grainy consistency.
- Make a well in your dry ingredients and add water, mix until you can make pretty little dough ball.
- Then cover with a damp kitchen towel and set aside for 20 minutes
- Cut dough into eight–slightly bigger than golf ball chunks
- Then roll out with into as close to a round tortilla-like shape as you can
- Cook tortillas in a dry skillet, turning when those tell-tale brown spots start appearing (I noticed this happened quicker when I used a non-stick cooking spray).
Voila, you have made homemade flour tortillas!
Now, fill them with yummy things