Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Tortillas For Everyone!

I'm one of those people who has really weird dreams. Sometimes they involve Care Bears and gigantic ducks. Sometimes it's purple jello-eating monsters. Occasionally Darth Vader pops in. They never make sense. As to how this reflects on the state of my psyche, I try not to think about it.

The other night, I had a dream about this commercial:

There were a few minor differences in the dream version. First, the sweet little voice was singing, "let's all, all, all, all, let's all ... tortillas for everyone." And the Priuses (Prii?) were spitting out tortillas like Frisbees and the forest creatures and suburbians and old guys playing chess were catching them with gigantic stupid smiles on their faces and devouring them. Also, the tortillas were green. Maybe they were spinach tortillas. Or maybe they were just old. Not sure.

So the next day I had that weird little snippet of song stuck in my head. It made me think of this recipe. Since these tortillas are ridiculously delicious (and not green), I figured I should share it. Plus, now this post isn't completely pointless. Hooray!

Homemade Flour Tortillas
(originally from Hillbilly Housewife)
4 c. flour
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 baking powder
1/3 c. shortening
1 to 1 1/2 c. water

Combine flour, salt and baking powder. Cut in shortening until mixture resembles coarse crumbs (I use a fork). Next, add 1 c. water. Stir. If the mixture doesn't form a cohesive ball, add water 1 tbsp at a time until you get to the right consistency (not sticky, not flaky). Form 8-12 balls (depending on the size of tortilla you want), cover them with a towel and let them rest 10 minutes.

In the meantime, preheat a skillet or frying pan. I set my stove to medium high, but you may want to experiment with your own cooktop. Now take a dough ball and roll it out on a floured surface. It probably won't be perfectly round. Don't worry; you'll be so busy stuffing your face with deliciousness you won't care. Heat the tortilla for about 30 seconds on each side, just until you start to see brown spots. Put it in a gallon Ziploc bag to keep it warm and soft. Now do the same thing to the rest of the dough balls.

Now, go forth and devour!

Tortillas for everyone!

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