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Super soft homemade tortillas…with a secret ingredient


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Super Soft Homemade Tortillas!

So I have been making tortillas for some time now. I have tried numerous recipes that had lard, didn’t have lard, lots of salt, and a little bit of salt. Some that can be made ahead of time, and others that could not.  Some recipes were great to roll out, but were rubbery or tough to eat. Some tasted great, but had enough fat to kill a horse…. I didn’t want want all the fat and cholesterol that came along with with most recipes I found, and since my grandma no longer was around to pick her brain for her amazing recipe, I decided to come up with my own. I wanted my kids to grow up with fresh tortillas as part of their childhood memories, cause what better memories are there than fresh tortillas and butter?

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Comal used for making tortillas

Time and time again my tortillas would come out great off the comal which is a mexican griddle for cooking tortillas, (See picture) but after a few minutes or any amount of time, they would soon turn hard and be difficult to roll into a burrito or rip apart to eat with carnitas or just with some papas and eggs.

I found that using milk instead of water makes for a softer and much tastier tortilla. This recipe yields approximately 12 soft taco size tortillas.  I usually double this recipe for 10-12 burrito size tortillas.

Here is a tried and true recipe, and if you are already familiar with how to make tortillas you can jump down to the bottom for the recipe or read through for a few other tips.

One of the keys to Super Soft Tortillas, is lots of moisture, so make sure not to add to much flour when initially making the dough.

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STEP 1.  Combine dry ingredients and stir with wisk.

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Dry ingredients

 

STEP 2. Add milk and oil and stir until sticky dough forms.

Add milk and oil and stir until soft dough forms

Add milk and oil and stir until soft dough forms

 

STEP 3. Add a little flour at a time until dough is soft enough to handle without sticking to your hands or spoon. Note: Don’t add too much flour, as you want the dough to be as moist as possible. If too much flour is added, they will be dry and tough to roll out.

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Add small amounts of flour and continue to stir until dough can be handled without sticking.

STEP 4. Knead the dough on a lightly floured surface for 6-8 minutes until it is soft and smooth like the photo below. Err on the side of kneading longer so you have soft and pliable dough which makes for softer tortillas. Form into a ball, cover, and let rest for 15 minutes. (this is a key step)  Resting the dough is key to allow the gluten to relax, and for the baking soda to activate and create nice air bubbles that we want to see once we cook them.

Soft smooth dough, cover and let rest 15 minutes.

Soft smooth dough, cover and let rest 15 minutes at room temperature.

STEP 5.   Pinch off ping pong or golf ball sized dough balls and place them back in the bowl as you pinch them off.  Depending on the size of your final tortillas will determine how large your smaller dough balls should be.  In this case, a ping pong or golf ball size usually ends up to be soft taco size or medium size tortillas.

Pinch off ping pong or golf ball size dough balls depending on how big you want your tortillas.

Pinch off ping pong or golf ball size dough balls depending on how big you want your tortillas.

Place back into bowl and cover while you roll them out one by one.

Place back into the bowl and cover while you roll them out one by one.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STEP 6. Dust dough with flour

Keep a small bowl of flour close by so you can generously coat your dough balls right before you roll them out.

Keep a small bowl of flour close by so you can generously coat your dough balls right before you roll them out.

STEP 7. Roll dough into an ovalshape,then turn and roll again to get nice round shaped tortillas

Roll the dough into an oblong shape, then turn the dough to the right so it follows the length of the rolling pin, and roll again to get round shaped tortillas.

 

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End result is nice round tortillas

 

STEP 8. Cook the rolled out tortilla on a hot skillet or comal on medium heat. I have a glass cooktop and I cook it on 6. Once bubbles have formed, turn the tortilla and cook the other side.  When done you can place them in a tortilla warmer, or between kitchen towels.

Cook until bubbles form, and first side is golden brown in spots.

Cook until bubbles form, and first side is golden brown in spots.

When you’re done, you can enjoy!!

Now Enjoy!!

Now Enjoy!!

Super Soft Homemade Tortillas!

2 c  Unbleached all purpose flour. “I recommend Wheat Montana Natural White All purpose flour.”

1 tsp  salt

2 tsp Baking powder

1 c  warm milk

1/4 c vegetable oil

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DIRECTIONS:

Yields approx 12 soft taco size tortillas.

Combine dry ingredients and stir with a wisk.  Add milk and oil and stir until sticky dough forms. Add a little flour at a time until dough is soft enough to handle without sticking to your hands or spoon. Note: Don’t add too much flour, as you want the dough to be as moist as possible. If too much four is added, they will be dry and tough to roll out. Knead the dough on a lightly floured surface for 6-8 minutes until it is soft and smooth like the photo below. Err on the side of kneading longer so you have soft and pliable dough which makes for softer tortillas. Form into a ball, cover, and let rest for 15 minutes.  Resting the dough is key to allow the gluten to relax, and for the baking soda to activate and create nice air bubbles that we want to see once we cook them.  Pinch off ping pong or golf ball sized dough balls and place them back in the bowl as you pinch them off.  Depending on the size of your final tortillas will determine how large your smaller dough balls should be.  In this case, a ping pong or golf ball size usually ends up to be soft taco size or medium size tortillas. Keep a small bowl of flour close by so you can generously coat your dough balls right before you roll them out. Roll dough into an oval shape, then turn and roll again to get nice round shaped tortillas

Cook the rolled out tortilla on a hot skillet or comal on medium heat. I have a glass cooktop and I cook it on 6. Once bubbles have formed, turn the tortilla and cook the other side.  When done you can place them in a tortilla warmer, or between kitchen towels.

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The Hunt Is Over!!


Well we did it!  Our Quest for a playground to put in the back yard has been completed! 

For the last few weeks, Nan and I have been on a hunt.  Literally mission impossible combing the internet day in and day out, sometimes minute by minute hour by hour, second by second.  The requirements simple, yet seemingly impossible to fill.  One would think it would be simple to find something for our rambunctious and witty 9, 7, 5, and 3 year olds, to romp and ramble on, but not even Nan or I realized the extent of the task ahead of us. Moments of sweet victory followed by valleys of disappointment.  How do you say?  Well, for those of you that have had the pleasure of experiencing one of the seven wonders of the World Wide Web, the flea market of the 21st century, the deal of all deal finders called Craigslist.  I must admit, I am a bit of an addict, and as my beloved significant other has so eloquently put it…..we are “Craigslist Junkies.”  Searching for the next and best great deal trying to save and maximize our dollars.  Let’s just say that the “Free” section link has been permanently etched on my screen.  For those of you that know us, you know that Nan and I are a little picky.  We had just a few requirements for this playset for the kids. It had to have several activities ie. Slide, swings, monkey bars etc. Had to be made out of wood, not too old or in too bad of shape, but may need a little paint or re-staining.  I was willing to take it and dis-assemble if it meant saving a few bucks. Oh, and one last minor detail, it had to be very affordable, so affordable, I wouldn’t have to pay for it.  Yep I said it, it had to be F-R-E-E, Free!.  What can I say?  Have you ever been on a tight budget (like zero dollars) and wanted to do something awesome for your kids?  For those of you that live on one income, you feel me, you catch my drift, and you’r eatin’ what I’m dishin’.  So the quest began.  Searching high and low for just the right playset.  You would think it would be a simple process, but unfortunately there are a ton of other people just like me that are lookin’ for the same great deal, and they somehow always beat me to it!  I would find one that we loved, emailed as fast as my little fingers could type, only to find out someone had beat me to it. Yeah, some of you are nodding your head right now cause you know exactly what I’m talkin’ about.

Well this time we were the early bird, and caught one heck of a worm!  Yeah I have to disassemble it myself, but it will be perfect in my back yard and will provide tons of summer fun for the kiddos.  I will post some pics once I have it up.  Let’s just hope I live to tell about it!  ha ha.

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