Friday, January 31, 2014

Homemade Flour Tortillas

Being from Texas, I love Mexican food! When we visit home that is almost all we eat. Here, we don't go out to eat much so I make it at home. I found these homemade tortillas in Pioneer Woman's new cookbook and was anxieous to try them. I used them for fajitas the first night, but then for lunch the next day they were incredible for quesadillas! The hardest part was finding a tortilla press...which actually wasn't that hard, I found it at Bed, Bath and Beyond.

Homemade Flour Tortillas
2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup masa harina
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp kosher salt
1/2 cup vegetable shortening
2 Tbsp butter
1 cup very hot water
Mix together flours, salt and baking powder.
Heat water in a tea kettle so that it is very hot.
Chop butter into cubes. Add butter and shortening to flour.
Use a pastry cutter to cut the shortening and butter into the flour. It should resemble coarse crumbs.
Slowly stir hot water into flour mixture.
Once combined, turn dough onto the countertop and knead it 30-40 times. 
Form into a ball.
Place in a bowl and cover with a towel. Let it rest for 1 hour.
Pinch off a golf ball size piece of dough. Roll in a bowl and place in a tortilla press. 
Press dough into a tortilla.
Set tortilla aside until all of the dough is pressed and ready to cook.

Place the tortillas in a hot skillet and let them cook for about 30 seconds on each side.
Serve them warm or wrap them in foil until ready to serve. 

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