Sunday, January 23, 2011

Flour Tortillas

We eat our fair share of tortillas around here and I just love them when they are freshly made. I must say that if you've never had a freshly made tortilla with butter, you are missing out. It took several failed attempts to figure them out but I eventually got 'em right. My recipe calls for lard, I know it's scary but it really does make a difference. I tried Crisco, canola oil, and even butter but the lard won out. The other trick to making these is to have a cast iron griddle. My husband Sean bought the griddle that I used to make these tortillas with when we were first married and I love it. Invest in good cast iron because it will last a lifetime. Give this recipe a try the next time you are wanting burritos or just some tortillas to eat with butter and salt. This is What's Cookin on Beaty's Creek this cold day.


5 cups all purpose flour
1 cup lard
1 t salt
2 cups very hot water
5 t baking powder

Mix your dry ingredients together, I use a whisk and it sifts everything very well. Now add your lard and mix until crumbly looking. Now add in the water and stir until dough forms a smooth ball. It is a little sticky but that is fine. Cover and let rest for 1 hour. Now break off pieces of dough and roll into balls the size of a golf ball. Heat up your griddle. I heat mine on a medium heat on an electric range. Meanwhile roll your tortillas out. Sean likes his thin and I like mine a little thicker. It is up to you how you roll yours out. Place on heated griddle and cook just until golden and turn and cook the reverse side the same. Cover with a towel until ready to eat.