Monday, January 12, 2009

Goals 2009 - Homemade Tortillas

Well, I thought I'd give you the latest update on my goals. I mentioned earlier that I wanted to start making homemade tortillas. I made some the other day. They turned out good - the best I've ever made yet. I found that one of the tricks is to make sure you don't overcook them. In fact I undercooked them just a bit so they didn't turn hard. When overcooked, tortillas turn brittle.

Here's the recipe in case you want to try them. I'm not done yet. I'm going to try more recipes and alterations until I get one that I like the most, but this one was pretty good. The nice thing about this recipe is that the leftovers were still good afterward refrigerating (just as good as the first day). I'm not sure how long they last yet, it's been about 5 days and they are still good.

Whole-Grain Tortillas

3 C. Freshly Ground White Wheat
1-3/4 C. Wonder Flour (Grind equal amounts Barley, Brown Rice, and Spelt)
1/4 C. Gluten Flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1-1/2 tsp salt
2/3 C. lard or shortening (I used lard)
2 C. (or less) very warm water (microwaved for 2 min.)

Cut lard or shortening into flours and salt in the Bosch bowl, using the cookie beaters. Change to dough hook and add water until dough pulls away from sides of bowl. Knead for 3 min. Divide into small balls. Roll and cook in skillet (or tortilla press if you have one).

BTW does anyone have a tortilla press? What kind do you have (and is it electric or non) and how do you like it? I'm looking into purchasing one maybe. Here's a few options I'm looking into:


Cherylyn said...

I REALLY want a Bosch!

Anonymous said...

Hello, Enjoyed your blog.
I have made torts for many years. I have never used a tort press for flour torts. These are mainly used for corn torts.
Tip: if you use powdered shortening instead of lard or reg shortening it makes a much better tort. I use only flour, salt, a dash of baking powder, hot water and powdered shortening. I work the dough by hand until elastic smooth ,then let rest a few minutes, rolling out before placing on hot cast iron griddle. I turn when bubbles rise up and it doesnt take long before it is finished on second side.
g. guzman.

Heather said...

Wow, thanks! Great to hear the tips. I didn't know that about corn vs. flour tortillas. Thanks for the tip about the powdered shortening also!

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