Monday, September 13, 2010

Homemade Tortillas

This is my first time making homemade tortillas.  We had a Relief Society meeting last week where we learned to make homemade tortillas and quick and easy fajitas.  (The Relief Society is the women's organization of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.)  We had a great time getting together and learning something new.  Its always so nice to spend time with such wonderful women who love, accept and lift up everyone.

I really expected tortillas to be hard, or at least a pain to make.  Mine didn't turn out very round, but with practice I'll get better at that.  They are really very simple to do.  We served these with Chorizo with Black Beans and Rice (I'll share that recipe soon), and they were yummy!  I also love that they are only pennies to make.    On the down side, homemade tortillas can't be stored and they can be a little dry.  One trick to keep them moist is to put them into a plastic bag when they're warm.  The condensation in the bag keeps them moist until its time to eat.

Homemade Tortillas

3 cups flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
5-6 Tbs. vegetable oil
3/4 cup hot water

Mix the dry ingredients together. Then cut in the oil until the mixture resembles crumbs. Add the water and stir until it is crumbly. If it is still too dry, add more water. Turn out onto a floured surface and knead for 5 minutes. Cut the dough into 16 pieces, cover and let rest 15 minutes. Roll out thin (you should be able to see through them). Cook on a hot skillet until lightly browned on both sides. Don't use any to cook these. 16 tortillas.

Source:  Marcene P.

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