Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Whole Wheat Tortillas


We eat a lot of beans and rice around our house. It's the easiest thing in the world to cook and is my lazy day go-to food. Tortillas are really easy to make and they are so yummy.

3 1/2 cups whole wheat flour (fresh ground or King Arthur)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup olive oil butter, softened (just discovered butter works so much better!)
1 cup hot water

Mix flour, salt and baking powder together. Mix in oil butter and slowly add water until a soft dough forms (not sticky). Cover and let rise 10-15 minutes.

Heat a cast iron pan (or nonstick pan) over medium heat until nice and hot. While the pan is heating up, pinch off a small amount of dough (about the size of a lemon) and roll into a flat circle (a pizza roller works best for this).

Cook tortilla on preheated pan and once bubbles start to form, flip it to the other side and cook until heated through. Entire process should take a few seconds. If you cook it too long it will get crispy and won't fold well, so it's better to undercook than overcook.

If your pan isn't hot enough the first few won't turn out as well- just like crepes or pancakes you need to make sure the pan is good and hot before you start cooking, and only flip once.

Whole wheat tortillas taste just as great as white flour tortillas but are not as pliable. For softer tortillas try using half whole wheat and half white flour.
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