Sunday, February 17, 2013

Making tortillas

Made from Scratch Tortillas

What you will need to make 6-8 tortillas

2 cups of any flour of your choice
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 cup veggie oil or shortening
3/4 cups-ish of warm water or warm milk
a small cup of flour on the side for flouring surfaces & fingers

2 bowls
something to oil one bowl with
a kitchen towel
A rolling pin
A comal, skillet, or pan & spatchula
A kitchen apron
(for dancing)

Step One: The Dough Ball

1. Mix dry ingredients together. 2 cups of flour, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon baking soda

*** You can use any flour, all purpose, wheat, almond, coconut etc. You can also add herbs. So get creative if you want! I used all purpose for this tutorial.

2. Mix in the 1/4 cup of veggie oil or melted shortening. It will be a dry, with little wet clumps in it!
3. Mix in 1/2 of your 3/4 cup of warm water or warm milk. After mixing you will need to judge how much more you will need to make your dough ball. 

Depending on the flour you use, the amount of warm water or warm milk needed to make your dough ball will vary. With all purpose flour I use 3/4 cup of warm water. 

If the flour is too sticky and wet then you added to much, so add more flour. If your flour is really tough, floury, or flakey you need more warm water or warm milk. 

You will need to mix it until it forms a dough clump in the middle of your bowl. Like this......
This can be the toughest part for a beginner but once you get it you will be a pro at determining the exact consistency you need. When you have a ball...... put it aside. 
3. Grab your 2nd bowl & what it is you want to use to oil it. I LOVE coconut oil
and I take a brush and brush the inside of the bowl like this. 

4. Now grab lightly flour a clean surface or a cutting board and drop your dough ball onto it. 

And knead it for a few minutes until you have a nice smooth dough ball like this

Now drop it in the nicely oiled bowl like this. 
And cover it with your dry kitchen towel and allow it to sit for 30 minutes!
While it sits for 30 minutes you can do your dishes. this way when your tortillas are done you can sit and eat and get nice and full without the worry of a mess! 

Step two: Make your big dough ball into little dough balls

Take your big dough ball and put into onto a floured surface
Break off dough and form a ball
It is like playing with play-doh
The bigger the ball = the bigger the tortilla
The smaller the ball = the smaller the tortilla

Roll balls and put them back into your oiled dish

When you are done, take your dry dish towel, fold it, run it under hot water and ring it out. Cover your mini-dough balls up and allow to sit for 30 minutes more. Cover entire container. Loosely. 
After 30 minutes
you can.......
begin cooking your tortillas
 Cover with wrap and put into the fridge. When you want a tortilla take the desired number of tortilla balls out of fridge 30 minutes prior to cooking. 

Step Three: Cooking your Tortillas

Cooking can be a challenge solo until you get the hang of things. Each tortilla mini dough ball needs to be
1. Rolled out on a surface until it is 1/8-1/4 inch thick 
2. Cooked on a hot surface for 30 seconds on each side
3. Optionally buttered or oiled after cooking

So, here is how I do this process................ solo. 
1. First heat cooking surface on high for 5 minutes. If using comal heat on med-high. If using a regular pan, heat on high. 

While your pan is heating up take a dough ball, put it on a lightly floured surface and roll it out until you form a tortilla that is 1/8-1/4 inch think. 
Like this!!!!
It should lay over your hand like this....
When you are done, you can lay your tortilla on the edge of the bowl. This way you can get a few tortillas ahead before you start to cook them. 

So YOUR READY TO COOK. The pan has heated for 5 minutes. It is nice and hot. Grab a plate to throw your cooked tortillas on. If you want to brush them with butter or oil get that ready too! Are you ready!!!????

Put the tortilla on the cooking surface. It will begin to bubble like so. After about 30 seconds you need to flip it!!!!! Do not let it cook much longer. 

After 30 seconds flip!!!!!
After you flip it will bubble again. Cook for 30 seconds & then remove from cooking surface and put onto your plate. 
You can know brush butter or oil on your cooked tortilla as desired. 

* Now remember as you are cooking these tortillas for only 30 seconds on each side you will need to juggle rolling out the other tortilla balls. This can seem hard at first. Before you know it you will be flipping and rolling together!!!! It becomes a dance :) 

* If you want you can double or triple the batch. Cook some and put others in fridge for later. When you take them out of fridge allow them 20-30 minutes to get to room temperature, then, knead them for a few seconds and then just roll them out and cook as normal. 

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