Recipe for my fellow mexican food lovers
For those of you who may wish to try your hand at making some homemade tortillas, heres an authentic family recipe to sink your teeth into. If I, as I fear, do poorly at describing the recipe, please feel free to ask questions. And please! If you make them, do tell me how they turned out!
1/2 cup oil
1 teaspoon baking powder
large glass of warm water
Start by adding 1/2 bag of flour, oil, baking soda and a sprinkling of salt into a large mixing bowl with about half the amount of warm water to start. You mix the dough with your hands, continuing to add water until the dough seems to be at a good consistancy to work with. (not too sticky) Be careful not to add too much water, as you will need to counter that with more flour to balance it, thus making the dough tough.
Once the dough is mixed and at a good working consistancy, begin making balls out of the dough, good sized ones, and shape them like you would a hamburger patty. You will place the balls back in the large mixing bowl as you finish them, stacking them on top of eachother. Afterwards, place a warm, wet dish towel over the bowl, and let it sit for about 30 minutes, enough to let the dough rise.
As the dough rises, begin heating your skillet, so its hot enough when the dough has risen.
After the thirty minutes, sprinkle some flour out on the counter and roll out the balls with a rolling pin. You want them pretty thin. Then place on the skillet and once it starts to bubble, you flip it to the other side. You don't want to flip them more than twice or that too could make the dough tough.
To keep them warm, I lay out a dish towel and place the finished tortilla on one half of the towel, and cover it with the second half.
Once you get the hang of it, its really simple and most certainly better than the store bought variety.