Monday, October 3, 2011

Homemade Wheat Tortillas

I didn't feel like going to the grocery store yesterday and was planning on having tacos last night.  But, my husband likes to use tortillas instead of crunchy taco shells.  And I didn't have any tortillas in the house.


I attempted to make homemade tortillas before when I was trying to make rice tortillas, but that time I had the wrong ingredients (rice cereal instead of rice flour).  And, they didn't turn out the way I wanted.  So, I knew it could be done if I had the right ingredients.  And once I get the real brown rice flour, I'll try those again, too. 


This time, I used wheat flour and they turned out pretty good.  And the kids helped me.  And I didn't have to go to the store!  That, of course, was the most important part since it was cold and rainy.  

I adapted the recipe that I found here.

Here's what I used:
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup white flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
4 tsp. shortening
3/4 cup warm water

The changes that I made to the original recipe were to use half whole wheat flour instead of all white flour.  And I added 1/4 cup of water, since I added the whole wheat.

Directions
Mix together the flours, baking powder and salt.

Cut in the shortening with two knives or a pastry cutter until it resembles coarse crumbs. (I really need to buy a pastry cutter)
 Add warm water and mix until it's a soft dough.  Dough should not be sticky.
Let sit 10 minutes.
Knead for 5 minutes.
 Let sit for 10 additional minutes.
Split into 8 equal sections.  Form the sections into balls.  Roll balls out into thin circles.
 Warm lightly greased skillet over medium heat.  Cook tortillas for about 30 seconds each side. 
 If you're not using them immediately, place them in a plastic bag so that they stay soft.

Dessert Variation
I also made a dessert tortilla, by adding sugar and cinnamon inside the dough.  I used 1 Tbsp. of white sugar and 2 tsp. of cinnamon.  I also added 1 tsp. of vanilla extract to the water before I mixed it into the dough.  And I used margarine instead of shortening.  Then I cooked them the same way.

I peeled and sliced an apple really, really thin and layed about 6 apple slices on top of the tortillas while cooking with about 1/4 tsp. of brown sugar.  I then folded it over to make a little half moon.  It created a quick, easy apple dessert that wasn't overly sweet. 

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