Thursday, February 19, 2009

Quick & Cozy Tortillas

Lunch today was quick, cozy and delicious! I grabbed my trusty recipe given a long time ago by my dear friend, KIM (smiling and waving) --- and made a batch of tortillas. I grated some cheese on these and sliced a few garlic cloves to throw in for the nutritional benefits. These were folded over and cut in four triangles each and served with a few dashes of hot sauce.

Tortilla Recipe

Here is a recipe I received from a friend here in Latvia. These are
the best that I've had and so easy! Here is the recipe just as I got it with my notes added at the end:

The recipe comes from the Wycliffe Cookbook. I use my food processor
and it works great for this recipe. I take the dough out when the
dough comes away from the bowl and forms a ball.

4 cups flour
2 teaspoons salt

Cut in
6 tablespoons shortening

1 cup water

Form a ball. Add more water if necessary, until bowl is clear of all
dough. Knead well on floured board and make balls the size of eggs.
I cut my dough into 14-18 pieces and this makes just the right size
for burritos and tacos.

Let stand for 15 mins. This is key in making the best tortillas as
the dough has time to rest and elasticity to form.

Roll THIN with a rolling pin to about the size of a salad plate.
Place in a hot, ungreased skillet (an iron skillet works best) and
cook until bubbles start to form or it becomes somewhat transparent.
About 2 minutes on one side. Turn and cook one minute longer. You'll
get the hang of it as you try it.

Store in a ziploc if you do not use the whole batch. We often use
them for breakfast burritos with eggs and salsa, or for sandwich
wraps and snacks.

For the record, we have frozen the dough before and cooked them
after it's thawed to make fresh tortillas, and it's been just fine.

Sandy's Notes:
I used the food processor for mine as well. I usually put the dough pieces in a covered bowl but this time to save on clean up, I put them back into the food processor bowl. I covered the center hole with a clean dish cloth and covered the dough pieces. After waiting the 15 minutes suggested, I made up all the tortillas as once.


melissa said...

I've been hunting and hunting for a tortilla recipe, thinking I'd have to have a gadget to cook them in. This is wonderful!

Thanks so much, sweet friend of my heart. ;)

naturalmotherhood said...

You know what these would be delicious with, Melissa?! The black bean soup recipe you shared on an MSN Mother's Group, Board or something like that. I don't remember what it was called but you shared a recipe on that.

It can take a bit of playing around at first (for those of us not used to making things like this) but once you get the hang of it... they are wonderful.

They can dry out and become more brittle than store bought if rolled too thin but we spread a very small amount of butter, olive oil, or spritz of water and they are as soft as anything;)

Love to you!