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Homemade Flour Tortillas

Posted by reeniek (291)
Category: Side Dishes
Subcategory: mexican


Recipe Details:

Note: Making homemade flour tortillas is super easy and well worth it.

3 cups flour (unbleached or all-purpose)
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
4-6 tbsp lard (plus extra for pan)
about 1 cup warm (not hot) water

In a large bowl, mix together flour, baking powder and salt. Cut in lard and mix with your hands. Stir in warm water a little at a time until you reach of dough-like consistency. You may not need all the water or you may need a little more. Knead dough on a floured work surface for about 2 minutes. Seperate the dough into 12 balls. Let them rest for 10 minutes (or more) covered with plastic wrap.

Heat up a cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. On a floured work surface, roll out tortillas with a floured rolling pin (or a tortilla press) until very thin with about a 8-inch diameter. Melt about a tsp of lard on the pan and distribute evenly on pan surface. Lay one tortilla on the pan. Once the tortilla has hit the pan, flip (with your fingers or tongs) when you see the first few bubbles appear, about 1 minute. Cook another 30 seconds or until just slightly browning on bottom. Transfer on a plate and cover with tin foil while remaining tortillas are cooked. Add more lard to pan if necessary.

Makes 12 tortillas

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