Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Homemade Flour Tortillas

Makes 24 small tortillas

4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 tablespoons lard
1 1/2 cups water

1.Whisk the flour, salt, and baking powder together in a mixing bowl. Mix in the lard with your fingers until the flour resembles cornmeal. Add the water and mix until the dough comes together; place on a lightly floured surface and knead a few minutes until smooth and elastic. Divide the dough into 24 equal pieces and roll each piece into a ball.
2.Preheat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Use a well-floured rolling pin to roll a dough ball into a thin, round tortilla. Place into the hot skillet, and cook until bubbly and golden; flip and continue cooking until golden on the other side. Place the cooked tortilla in a tortilla warmer; continue rolling and cooking the remaining dough.

*I half this recipe and use shortening instead of lard with very hot water.  It makes about 8 regular size tortillas and they are delicious!  Try not to over cook and the tortillas will be softer.  I imagine these would be even easier with a tortilla press--sounds like a good reason to go to Mexico!

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