Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Tortillas

I really like doing as much as I can in the kitchen homemade. Mexican is my all time favorite food and my standby whenever I have no cooking ideas, we eat it at least once a week.
I've been wanting to see how difficult homemade tortillas are. Since I always keep lots of flour on hand I don't have to make a dreaded trip to the store if we run out of tortillas.

So this winter when things were lean around here I finally made them, they're so good, I don't think I will be buying them anymore if I can help it.



The recipe:

2 cups unbleached flour
1/2 tsp salt
3 Tbs canola oil
approx 3/4 c  warm water

Combine the flour and salt in mixing bowl
drizzle in the oil and mix in
pour in the water
the dough should gather into a ball and should be moist but not sticky, kneading easily
I use my kitchen aid mixer for this with the doughhook atachment.
kneading on the 1st or 2nd speed for aprox 5 min.
let it rest covered for 30 minutes

heat a cast iron skillet or griddle, slightly oiled, med high heat (any frying pan or griddle lightly oiled will do--you may have to watch the heat though)


cut your dough into 8 equally sized pieces and roll them into balls,
cover them while you roll out the others.


Flaten a ball into a disc

Roll out as thin as possible on a lightly floured surface, it will be 7-8" in diameter
I have yet to try a tortilla press, but it would probably make this step quicker.
Also notice how I still can't get them perfectly round, the more I make the better they come out though.

It should brown up in about a minute,


Flip and cook on the other side
I like to get it timed so I'm rolling one out while I'm cooking one.
As they finish place the cooked tortillas in a towell, so the steam stays in.

fiesta time.


The dough can be kept in the fridge for up to a week. Also you can make a big batch and freeze the homemade tortillas.  The best way to reheat is in a skillet for 30 seconds on each side. They do harden up quickly upon reheating so its best to reheat them as you need them.
 
I am adding this on 10/9/2013: I learned a few months ago after buying a tortilla press and it not working right, that it is just not possible to make flour tortillas with a tortilla press--traditionally they are always rolled out and the corn tortillas are always pressed. 

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Snowy Day

Snow ball fight plans

Umbrella in the snow

sledding

off for adventure

exploration

a mossy place

cool birch

white moss

winter walk

happy kid

time for hot cocoa





snowy day.


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