I've been on a quest to make the perfect tortillas .. I grew up with my Mom making piles of tortillas every single day for our family .. but like most Mexican women, she has no recipe for them and besides now that she is in her 90's she does not remember how she made them... I also made them for my family but have not made them for many years but I decided that if I don't teach my grandgirls how to make them then the 'art' will be gone when I'm gone. :^( So after making a couple stacks of 'cracker like' tortillas I got on line to see what I could learn ...
So this is it:
2 cups of flour * 1/2 tsp salt * 1/2 tsp baking powder *
1/4 cup "LARD" ...( yep, "lard"... this is key)
and 3/4 cup of warm water. Mix flour, salt and baking
powder with your hands in a
large bowl. ... add lard and
mix (with your hands) until
lard is well blended, just as
you would do for pie crust ..
add water and knead for at least 5 minutes... cover and let rest for about half hour.
I have a 'comal' that is made for cooking the tortillas on ..but you can use a heavy cast iron pan or a hot griddle ... flame should be on med. high.
Roll out the tortillas ( making them round takes a little practice but remember they do not have to roll down your throat when you eat them.
Put the tortilla on the hot 'comal' and turn over when you see the little bubbles form ..it only takes about 30 seconds on each side.
Stack them under a dish towel while you make them to keep them warm ... I put them in a zip lock after I'm finished making them.
To warm them you can heat them on an open stove flame ..being very careful not to burn your fingers as you turn them over ..or you can warm them on a griddle .. "do not warm them in the microwave since they will harden just like bread does...But they are best when you eat them right off the griddle. ... That's it! ..."enjoy" ♥