Homemade tortillas

Tortillas are amazingly easy to make.

You need:  3 cups of flour, 1 cup warm water, 1 tbsp sugar, 2 tsp baking powder, 1 tsp salt,  1/3 cup lard at room temperature (real homemade lard is the best, but you can substitute with olive oil, shortening or butter}

Mix flour, salt, baking powder  and sugar. Add water and lard, mix. I usually mix with a fork at first, to blend the ingredients and then knead by hand until the dough is elastic, like play dough.20141017_1443161

You can start rolling your tortillas out right away, but I like to let them sit in the fridge for a bit. Half an hour is about enough. It seems to me that it makes the dough easier to work with. You can also leave the dough in the fridge for a few days until you are ready to make your tortillas.

Rolling out: I found it helpful to oil the rolling surface , so the dough does not stick quite20141017_153936 as much and freshly rolled tortilla is easy to peel off.  Take a small amount of dough and form a ball.  Flatten it with your hand and start rolling with the small rolling pin, from the center out, until thin to your liking.20141002_141941

I find it easier to lift the tortilla off the board with a knife, this way it does not stretch quite as much.

 

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Place it on lightly greased frying pan and cook on both sides to your liking. You then can use your fresh homemade tortillas to make a number of tasty dishes like tacos, enchiladas, quesadillas etc. Fresh warm tortilla with peanut butter and jelly is quite yummy too (;

20141017_155114Note, I prefer real lard for frying, since it does not get absorbed into the food and does not make it greasy. It also has a ton of health benefits, but more about it in my Lard post.

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