Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Tasty Tuesday

               Home cooking from scratch just can't be beat, and so much healthier too.  When I was a much younger bride, times got tough, making tortillas feed us when not much else did,  but I'm thankful for those days of doing without or cutting back. Hard times keeps us grounded! So, this week, I'm taking you back to making your own tortillas. If you've made them before, you know how much better they taste, if you haven't made them yet, consider doing so. With little effort and enough prep time, you can accent any meal with home made tortillas. I made white chili last night and a batch of these tortillas and it was a filling meal.

Home Made Flour Tortillas

2 c. all purpose flour
1 1/2 t. baking powder
1 t. salt
2 t. oil
3/4 c. warm milk
Mix together the flour, b. powder, salt and oil. Slowly add the warm milk. Stir till a loose, sticky ball is formed. Knead for 2 min. on floured surfaced. Dough should be firm and soft. Place dough in a bowl and cover with plastic wrap for 20 min. After the dough has rested, break off 8 sections, roll them into balls and place on a plate, cover again and let rest for 10. The resting is very important.
After dough has rested, roll each ball out on floured surface to make a thin 8 in. tortilla, but don't play with dough too much and if you can't get them 8 in. that's fine too. In a dry skillet or lightly oiled then wiped clean, cook tortillas about a min. each side or till bubbles brown or to your liking. Keep cooked tortillas warm wrapped in a towel or tortilla box. Makes 8.

       These will quickly become a family favorite, we prefer them to bread with many meals. It's fun to expand our culinary habits and explore the many fine traditional foods from all over. Enjoy!


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