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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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A Little Birdie Told Me It’s Father’s Day…..


ImageI guess I am a little weird in the fact that, although I love being appreciated, I almost feel selfish having a whole day dedicated to appreciating the fact that I have helped to create children at some point in my life.  By nature I like to be appreciated, but when people actually do (like my kids and wife on father’s day) I feel like I don’t deserve it.  Anyone feelin’ me on this or am I the only weird one?

I guess I look at fatherhood and the things I do as what is to be expected.  Lately I feel like I’ve neglected my kids because I have been busy with quite a bit of other things going on, but I know technically I haven’t. If you consider 5 hours at the pool, sunburn and all, neglect, then I guess I’m guilty. If I could get paid for being a dad, that would be my dream job! Go on vacations, take them on excursions, teaching life lessons and and stopping to enjoy life along the way. I guess you really couldn’t put a salary or go wrong with that kind of job right?

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A shield I made Noah for his Captain America Costume!

My kids are to me, like pancakes are without syrup.  You can’t have one without the other. As a father we grow so attached and I am still amazed at how much they love me regardless of the mistakes I’ve made or things I have done intentionally or unintentionally to hurt them. I received a text from my Brother-in-law Jeremy Larracuente saying that in our kid’s eyes, dad is “…the biggest, strongest, most amazing superhero there is.”  That got me thinking about a dad’s “Super Hero Status.” I guess a dad could be a Super hero or a villain depending on how you look at it. Superheros are there to save the day and protect, where as villains are out to destroy and hurt.

In my kids’ eyes, I never want them to see me as a father by title only. Instead I want every hour of play, project completed, or tickle monster session fulfilled I would earn major Super Hero points. Those points will never win me an academy award, or earn me a million dollars, or the keys to the city, but being known as a dad that they can always count on is the best reward a guy could ever ask for. I guess I prefer to be a  Superhero because villains never win….right? 

The years are going to come and go, and before you know it, our kids are going to be out of the house, and we are going to look back on those years, and wish we could have them back. Things that we have said, things that we didn’t do, games we missed, time that we should have spent on important things. 

I know life is full of regrets, but I never want to look back at my kids and think, “What If”  What if I would have spent more time with them, what if I would have missed work to make it an award ceremony, what if I would have taken the time to explain something better, what if I would have intervened before that boy did, and hurt my daughter, what if I would have instilled the values I have or communicated them more effectively so they would also have the same values?

The possibilities are endless, but I hope that as a Father I have put the best foot forward.  As my other Brother-in-law Brandon Nelson said it, There’s “No handbook on how to be a perfect dad, but you take each moment as a lesson and learn from it.”  That is great advice from one of the best dad’s I know.  We may not be a perfect dad yet, but I know we have the perfect example of a father in Jesus.  My hope and prayer for all the dads out there is that we can rise above and be the Godly and best example we can to our kids. To those fathers that bear the Super Hero status, I commend you and challenge you and as the famous man of steel said himself.  “This looks like a job for…SUPERMAN!!”  Happy Father’s Day to all of you!!

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