Monday, April 7, 2014

Soft Flour Tortillas

Good Monday to you! How was your weekend? Mind was pretty good. We all seemed to get hit with the stomach flu but thankfully it's finally on it's way out the door!  Speaking of doors, It's so nice out! I think that spring is officially here! I'm sitting here typing this post with all the window and doors open to let in the fresh spring air. It's a little chilly, but I don't care. It feels so nice to let all the stuffy winter air out and let all the spring air in. Someone in the neighborhood is even burning wood. Ahh, it smells amazing!

So what have I been up to? Pretty much working. In between I've been doing some freezer cooking because I haven't had too much time to cook on a daily basis. I miss it, honestly but you have to do what you have to do. I've been trying to stock up the freezer with staples so meals are easy to throw together so we're not resorting to fast food or takeout all the time.  One of the main staples we use a lot are tortillas. Flour tortillas are one of the easiest cheapest things to make. They taste so much better too, in my opinion. :)

I know I posted a recipe here before when I first started this blog, but this recipe is Amazing and they are more similar in texture to the store bought ones that we are all used to. Here's how to make them.

Soft Flour tortillas
 3 cups flour
1 tsp salt
2 tsp baking powder
3/4 cup shortening
3/4 cup warm water.

In a food processor, pulse together the flour, salt, baking powder and shortening until crumbly; Add the water and pulse until a ball forms. Remove from food processor and knead for a minute. Let rest, covered, for 15 minutes.

Divide dough into 8-12 equal sized pieces. Roll out as thin as possible. Heat a skillet on medium heat. Cook tortilla for around 30 seconds until starts to bubble and brown slightly, flip over and cook other side for a few seconds more. Repeat with remaining tortillas.

Serve warm or cool completely and place in a freezer bag and store in the freezer until ready to use.

Can I say something about shortening? I very rarely will cook with shortening. I think it's gross. Maybe it's a bad experience I had as a kid when my mother tried to convince me that it wasn't frosting, but I just couldn't believe her. Haven't we all done that?  Well, I found a shortening on Amazon a few months ago. Spectrum Organic Shortening. Since I try to buy Organic or Natural whenever I can, I figured I'd try it;  it couldn't be worse than "regular" shortening. Well, once it came in the mail, the kid in me had to see for myself if there was a difference in taste. I HAD to know the difference. I was pleasantly surprised. It tasted like nothing. There was no flavor to it whatsoever. It's definitely something I will keep in the house for those recipes that just don't taste the same when butter is substituted. It takes a nice tortilla too ;). You should try it if you don't want an icky tasting shortening.

1 comment:

  1. These sound so easy!! Glad you are all feeling better!!


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