Thursday, January 31, 2008

Homemade flour tortillas...oh so easy and fun for the kids!

Hello everyone...I hope you are all staying warm! It has finally warmed up here. You know, above zero feels REALLY warm! Well, as promised on last nights post of Shredded Beef Enchiladas here is the scoop on how to make your own homemade flour tortillas. It is actually very simple and fresh tortillas really are so delicious. What do I need you ask? Well, just a few ingredients is all you need.
3 cups flour
3/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
6 tablespoons shortening
1 cup hot tap water
ziplock bag (gallon)
Gather up your little ones and let them help you make tortillas. Most children love to help cook and it can actuallly be a learning experience. This way of making tortillas is not messy at all and easy for kids to help out.
Place flour, salt & baking powder in bag. Close and shake a few times to mix.
Add shortening & reclose the bag. Work with hands until the mixture looks crumbly and there are no large pieces of shortening visible.
Open the bag and add the hot water. Knead in the bag until the dough is one large piece and sides of the bag come clean.
Take the dough out of the bag and divide into eight pieces. Put the dough on the table, lay the bag on top of the dough. Let the dough rest for 15 minutes. (you can rest now too!)
After resting, roll or pat the dough into eight- ten inch circles.
Place the circles on the griddle or frying pan heated to medium high and cook until dark brown spots appear. Turn and cook on the other side.
There you have it. You are done -- now wasn't that fun and simple too!?
Thanks for stopping by my kitchen.



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