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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Homemade tortillas

I had never made homemade tortillas before I came to Shanghai. Why bother when it is so easy to pick up a pack at any grocery store in the States? But this really is an awesome recipe. Homemade are so much tastier (though they don't keep long- again no preservatives) and they beat the month(s) old ones at City Shop any day. And truth be told, my ayi often helps me roll them out so we get them done pretty fast.

As long as you make the dough really soft and let the tortillas rest the right amount of time they roll out really thin.
These tortillas are perfect for soft flour tacos, fajitas and eating out of hand.

1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons vegetable oil
3/4 cup lukewarm milk

Stir together the flour, salt and baking powder in a large mixing bowl.
Add vegetable oil to the lukewarm milk and whisk briefly to incorporate. Gradually add the milk to the flour, and work the mixture into a dough with a fork. It will be sticky.

If too gooey add a little more flour, but be careful not to add too much.
Turn the dough out onto a surface dusted with flour and knead vigorously for about 2 minutes (Or you can just knead in the bowl). The kneading will take care of the stickiness.
Return the dough to the bowl, cover it with a damp cloth or plastic wrap, and let it rest for 15 minutes. (This dough will not rise, but it needs a rest.)
Divide your dough into 8 balls of equal size, cover them, and let them rest again for about 20 minutes.
Keep the pieces of dough you aren't working with covered so they won't dry out.
Dust your work surface with flour. Working one at a time, remove each piece of dough and pat into a circle. With a rolling pin, roll out the tortilla, working from the center out, turning 1/4 turn every few rolls. Roll out until you have a 10 inch tortilla.

Transfer the tortilla to a dry skillet or griddle over low heat. It will begin to blister. Let it cook for 20-30 seconds, turn it, and let the other side cook for 15-20 seconds. It is done when it has small brown spots. Repeat for the remaining tortillas.

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