Monday, June 8, 2009

Flour Tortillas

These are incredibly easy to make and really fun to make with children.

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons butter (or lard, canola or other neutral oil)
1/2 cup warm water

Combine the flour and salt in a bowl and cut the butter in with either two knives or your fingers.

Mix in the water slowly until the dough forms a ball.

Knead on a lightly floured surface, adding flour as necessary, to keep the dough from sticking, 4-5 minutes.

You can wrap the dough in plastic wrap and let it sit at room temperature for several hours, or you can proceed to the next step.

Divide dough into 6 pieces (we can get 8 small ones out of this).

On a lightly floured surface, press each piece of dough into a disk and roll it out as thin as possible.

Heat a large skillet, preferably cast iron, over medium heat.

Cook tortillas until brown spots appear, then turn and cook on the other side, about 4-5 minutes per tortilla.

We like to fill these with beans and cheese, but they'd also be good with regular taco meat or as tostadas.

From: How to Cook Everything by Mark Bittman

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