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Monday, April 29, 2013

Homemade Flour Tortilla Shells

Yield: 16 disks

Flour tortillas/Flat Breads are so easy to make at home, and they taste so much better than store bought shells. Flour, shortening, water, baking powder and salt is all you need for these, and you will be pleased with the homemade taste! Use them for burritos, tacos or sandwich wraps. They are moreless flat breads!









Ingredients:

  • 4 cups flour
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 6 tablespoons vegetable shortening
  • 1 1/2 cups water




Directions:

Combine first 3 ingredients completely.

Using your fingers, work shortening into flour until its evenly dispersed and crumb like.

Pour water in and mix until a ball of dough is formed.

Lightly flour your work surface and knead the dough 5 minutes or until smooth and elastic.

Let rest covered with plastic wrap for 20 minutes.





Divide dough into 16 - 18 equal pieces.

Cover them while you work so they don't dry out.

Roll one piece at a time into a thin 8 inch circle disk, and set aside.

The thinner they are, the better they turn out!










You may stack them on top of each other by using wax paper between each disk. Flour will work too but too much flour makes them chalky in my opinion.

After you get all the circles rolled out, use a griddle or fry pan on medium high heat or 400 - 450 degrees F.












Cook on the first side until the dough bubbles up and begins to dry. The underside will be browned in spekled areas.

Flip and cook until equally browned on other side.

If the temperature is too hot, you will see that it browns too quickly.

These tortillas may be frozen or kept in the refrigerator to store!











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