I have to say I truly get giddy when I learn how to make something from scratch.
Years ago we were visiting my sister-in-law and she led me on to a marvelous thing- homemade tortillas!! Seriously what could be better?
It all starts with a tortilla press. However, my mother-in-law said she was going to try it and just roll it out- now that's really homemade!! My tortilla press is electric which helps keep the tortillas a little longer. I think it is well worth it.
The original recipe calls for:
8 cups of flour
1 cup of shortening
2-3 T. of salt
3 cups of water
I have switched the recipe up now using-
whole wheat flour and white wheat flour
olive oil and sometimes organic butter
Take the flour, fat, and salt and blend with a pastry blender. You can even use a fork for this. Get it to a crumbly consistency kind of like when you make a pie crust.
Add the water (I tend to use warm) and knead by hand or with a kneading hook on a mixer.
Make small balls of dough. If the dough seems to get sticky take a break and let your hands cool down then go back to it. Once you have the balls formed get to pressing or rolling out.
Before you eat warm up both sides on a dry non-stick pan- a griddle is great for big quantities.
A fresh tortilla is the best thing- I can't even imagine going back to store bought.
My next experiment is making a veggie tortilla- I have some ideas just need to put it into action.