|Tortillas in a towel I wove in the early 1980s|
By noon I was craving the home-made chorizo that was in their freezer, left over from Christmas brunch, none in my freezer. Eggs and chorizo burritos with home made tortillas and a bowl of fresh pinto beans would be great this cold winter day. Breakfast for dinner is fun on occasion.
Let's make tortillas. Watch the videos on rolling and baking tortillas.
This recipe calls for lard, don't panic, it is only 2 tablespoons to 4 cups of flour, very little. During my years of cooking lard was used, then for many years margarine was recommended, then butter and now we are full circle, lard is no worse than butter. For tortillas lard is the traditional fat.
4 cups all-purpose flour
1 and 1/4 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 tablespoons lard (do not use oil or shortening, use lard)
water, about 1 and 1/4 cups, more or less
Whisk the flour, salt, and baking powder together in a mixing bowl.
|Dough is smooth and elastic|
Add water and mix until the dough comes together.
Place on a lightly floured surface and knead a few minutes until smooth and elastic, or put in mixer bowl with a paddle attachment and mix till smooth and elastic.
Cover the dough and let it rest 15 minutes, it must rest.
Divide the dough into 24 equal pieces and roll each piece into a ball, lay on a cookie sheet so they do not touch.
Cover and let rest 20 minutes, don't skimp on the rest period.
|Cover balls with plastic|
Preheat a flat iron grill, see mine on the November 30, 2010 entry about iron cookware. Heat to medium to medium-high, it depends on your stove and grill, too hot and tortillas burn quickly, too cool and they take to long and will dry out.
|Start rolling from the center, up then center down|
Roll from the center of a ball of dough and up, then roll from center and roll down.
|Turned, ready to roll from center up and center down|
Turn halfway, again continue rolling in same manner till tortilla is thin, 1/8 inch thick or less.
|Getting bigger, ready to turn|
|Keep repeating same sequence|
|Under side of my board has hard rubber feet|
|Feet keep board from moving back when rolling|
Please leave a comment if you try my tortilla recipe.