I love fresh homemade tortillas! The night before last I set out to make homemade flour tortillas. I don’t live near my aunt Layla, who happens to be Hispanic, so I was on my own. Um, let’s just say they were totally edible, but they looked like something that came out of an abstract art book! Don’t get me wrong the first batch was delish, but for me it’s the accomplishment of conquering the task at hand. They not only had to taste good, but I wanted them to at least resemble somewhat of a circular shape and not some funky looking, distorted version of one. My aunt would of cried with hysterical laughter! Yep, we had a tortilla dinner two nights in a row, but I was bound to perfect these if it was the last thing I did! So.. last night I started from scratch, did my research, called several different people and voila’. If you get the chance to make these you will not be sorry they are delicious! Eating one straight from the pan was SO good! I rubbed butter all over the inside, rolled it up and inhaled!
3 1/2 cups unbleached flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
8 tablespoons vegetable shortening
1 cup hot water (add more if needed)
In a large mixing bowl, add flour, salt, baking powder; stir. Add shortening to bowl. Use a fork or pastry blender or your fingertips to incorporate shortening into flour mixture until mixture becomes crumbly. Add water, mix with hands. Once dough is formed, knead dough for about 1 to 2 minutes. Place dough back in bowl and cover with a clean towel for about 20 minutes. Form dough into 1 inch balls. Place balls back in the same bowl, cover with a clean towel. Working with one ball at a time, shape into a circle. (You can do this with your hand or rolling pin or both. I found that it was easier to start with the rolling pin then use my hand to perfect the circle and make them thinner. Try to get your tortilla as thin as you can.) Meanwhile warm a nonstick pan over medium heat. Place uncooked tortilla in hot, nonstick pan. Cook until the side facing you forms little bubbles, flip tortilla and continue cooking until little brown spots form on reverse side. Be watchful these babies cook super fast! About 1 minute. Enjoy!
Note: You can substitute 1/2 the unbleached flour for whole wheat flour.