Flour tortillas recipe
Soft, warm, fresh tortillas are the foundation of any Mexican-style meal. Tortillas are very easy to make, and the results are so much more satisfying than commercially manufactured tortillas.
2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup vegetable shortening or lard
3/4 cup hot water (115 to 130 degrees F)
Using a mixer or simply your hand mix all of the ingredients in a large bowl. Be sure to mix and distribute the shortening throughout the dough. A sticky mass of dough will quickly form. Once all ingredients are blended, turn the tortilla dough onto a floured surface and knead for about 5 minutes until it has a smooth consistency and is no longer so sticky.
Now divide the dough into 8 equal portions and roll them in your hands to form balls. Leave the balls on the floured surface and cover with a clean cloth and let them rest for 20 minutes.
After the dough balls have rested, heat a large skillet to medium high heat. With a rolling pin roll each ball into a thin tortilla about 6 to 8 inches in diameter. Now, one at a time, place each tortilla in the heated skillet. Cook on each side until brown spots appear. Each side of the tortilla will take about 30 seconds to 1 minute to cook. Stack them up as you cook them so they will stay warm. Place the tortillas in a covered container if you need them to keep warm for a while. These tortillas are best served warm, but you can save leftover ones in a sealed container or bag and use within 1 or 2 days.
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