Friday, August 8, 2008

Flour tortillas

I'm a total putz.

When I made my shopping list for the week, I totally forgot to add the ingredients for tonight's dinner, burritos! I just happened to have most of the ingredients on hand anyway but without tortillas, it's pretty tough to make burritos.

What's a girl to do? Make your own!

Flour Tortillas
Adapted from: My Wooden Spoon (This recipe makes a lot of tortillas. Next time I'll cut it in half.)
4 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons Kosher salt
1/8 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 cup shortening
1 1/2 cups hot water

Using a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, beat together the flour, salt and baking powder (or sift into the mixing bowl). Add the shortening and beat until it is well distributed and the mixture is crumbly. Add the water and continue mixing until the dough is smooth and on the sticky side.

Pinch off bits of dough and roll into golf-ball sized balls. Roll each ball in all-purpose flour. Toss the ball from hand to hand a couple of times to remove excess flour.

On a floured board or countertop, roll each ball into thin rounds. The dough is quite sticky so be sure to flour your rolling pin! As you go, stack the rolled tortillas between sheets of wax paper to keep them from sticking together.

Once you've got all the tortillas rolled out, place them one at a time in a large non-stick or cast-iron skillet over medium heat. Cook until lightly browned, about 1 minute on each side.

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