Letting Life Lead
Who doesn’t love bread? Leavened or Unleavened. Flat or tall. Delicate or robust. Plain or not. Baked or fried. And let’s not forget the close cousins of bread: muffins, scones, cakes, popovers, yorkshire puddings, and pie crusts. So cheap and easy to make at home.
Flour tortillas and roti are very similar in their basic construction. You don’t use a tortilla press like you would for corn tortillas because of the flour gluten. They do make a press and cook type of gadget that allows you to press and cook at the same time, but who has a fancy gadget like that just sitting in their cabinet?
I’ve made flour tortillas before with varying degrees of success. I used a new recipe this time that looked like it would give me what I wanted. Though I doubt the are any where near perfect, there were none left after we had them for lunch. And really, all that matters, is that they taste good and were easy to make!
It has been a while so I consulted a video and link from Mommypalooza. When you want to learn for free how to make Mexican food, one needs to find a Mexican mom or grandmother to show you. If you have no neighbors, then YouTube can get you pretty close. When they emphasize, “it doesn’t need to be exact” or use phrases like “just enough” and “about this much”, you know you’ve found the right resource.
Let’s Make Some Bread!
The recipe called for:
1 3/4 cups of flour
1/4 cup solid vegetable shortening (I used LARD — rendered pork fat — because I had it)
1/4 tsp salt
2 tsp baking powder
If you don’t have baking powder, you probably could substitute with baking soda plus cream of tartar (or other acid such as vinegar or lemon juice). It helps to make the tortillas soft and puffy.
Roll out the dough thin and cook on a griddle. Mine is a stove top griddle, not an electric so getting the temperature right is always a bit tricky.
Oh, yeah. Now we’re cooking!
I could have cooked them a bit longer I suppose, but they were good and didn’t last long.
This may have been the first Bahamian and Mexican fusion ever (with a dash of Thai from the Sriracha)! And just as a side note, tortillas and some Native American fry breads are very similar in formulation. And yes, I will be making some of that.
Have you ever made flour tortillas before? Will you try this easy recipe?
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