I debated on whether or not to add this post to my blog as I don’t have exact measurements for each ingredient to share. At a very early age I was taught how to make tortillas and to learn to measure by sight and not with measuring cups and spoons. I’ve tried on numerous times to try to measure the ingredients only to fail and ruin the dough.
One of my favorite childhood memories is of mom spreading re-fried beans and bacon on a homemade flour tortilla. I remember walking in the door from school and the smell of the tortillas cooking or freshly made still in the air. The same smell can be savored in our home today. I get the same reaction from my children as I used to have as a child. My daughter will walk out of her room and say, “mom I smell tortillas”. She’ll take a deep breath and wonder to the kitchen to lather a tortilla with butter, wrap it up, & enjoy the treat. Tortillas is a must for our family, it’s a way of having some sense of normal for the girls and comfort food for all. Fond memories!
Our challenge: Trying to find shortening in China is almost unheard of. We were able to find some imported Crisco shortening in a place called CityShop; however, the price was staggering.
Tortilla ingredients – Flour, shortening, salt, baking powder, and hot water. 3 1/2 – 4 cups of flour
Mix 1/4 of a small handful of salt into the flour. Combine well
A little more than salt but not quite 1/2 a palm full of baking powder is used. Mix into the flour mixture.
Use a small dollop of shortening. When it comes to shortening, less is more. Combine with the flour until the mixture is crumbly. Add HOT water to your mixture to form a soft dough ball.
The dough should resemble something like this. Soft to the touch. Cover with a kitchen towel for 15 minutes.
It’s time to make the dough balls that will be rolled out to make a round tortilla. Each dough ball should be rolled in a little flour to help with the elasticity of the dough.
When your done with all the flour mixture, your dough balls will look like this. It’s important that each dough ball is rolled in flour. This will help with the rolling pin.
Time to roll out the dough balls into tortillas. At this point you want to put your griddle on the stove to start heating it up. You’ll know the griddle is hot enough after it’s been on the stove 7-10 minutes. Keep the burner on medium – low setting.
Where’s the butter? Oh these are so yummy… I hope yours turn out just as good!
When you place a rolled out tortilla on the hot griddle, it is not necessary to oil the griddle. You will know when it’s time to flip the tortilla to cook on both sides when the tortilla starts to freckle.