Friday, January 18, 2013

Homemade Tex-Mex Style Tortillas


Soft, fluffy homemade tortillas...just begging for some butter!

HOMEMADE TEX-MEX STYLE TORTILLAS
4 C flour
1 1/2 C milk
3 T real butter
2 T lard or shortening
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons salt

Put milk and butter in a small saucepot and cook over medium heat until butter is melted.  Put remaining ingredients in a stand mixer (you can do it by hand if you don't have a mixer).  Stir until lard is broken down.  Pour in milk/butter mixture and mix until it becomes a ball.  Cover and let rest one hour.

Divide the dough into about 12 balls and let rest 30 minutes. 

After resting, heat a cast iron skillet to medium high heat.  Roll out the balls or press in a tortilla press until about 8 inches across.  You may have to carefully stretch them out by hand to get them the right size.  Place a tortilla in the skillet.  Cook on one side until bubbles start to puff up.  Flip and cook about 30-45 seconds on the other side.  Keep warm in a towel inside a tortilla keeper.  Refrigerate leftovers.

TIP:  Leftover tortillas will seem a little hard.  Microwave them in a damp towel and they will soften up.

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