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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Have you ever had a craving for those delicious tortilla shells you only normally have in restaurants? Below is an easy and quick way to make flour tortillas from scratch!

* 4 cups all purpose flour
* 1/8 tsp baking powder
* 1/2 cup vegetable shortening
* 1 1/2 tsp sea salt
* 1 cup warm water

Mix the flour and baking powder in a bowl.
Add the vegetable shortening and mix it in with your hands until you get a coarse meal consistency. Dissolve the sea salt into the water.
Drizzle the salt water mixture into the flour and mix with your hands into a soft dough. Add more warm water if it's not coming together.
Form the dough into a ball. Put it in a bowl and cover for 20 minutes.
Break the dough ball into twelve smaller balls. Put a little bit of shortening on your hands and roll them into balls.
Flatten each ball out into a tortilla. Put flour on the surface before rolling them out. Get them as thin as possible.
Preheat a pan on medium heat. Cast iron works well for tortillas.
Lay the tortilla on the pan and flip after 15-20 seconds. Bubbling is normal.

You don't need to put any oil on the pan while cooking. Add 1/2 to 1 tsp of sugar per cup of flour to make the dough more pliable and the tortillas more moist. Vegetable shortening is generally made from hydrogenated oils, otherwise known as trans fats. To make a more authentic tortilla, use lard rather than shortening. Use a rolling pin or piece of large diameter wooden dowel (Hard Maple is best) to roll the dough thin.

Don't place your tortilla on a too-hot pan, it will burn the outside before the inside is cooked.Remember to always be careful when using a stove.


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