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Growing up in Texas, I’ve had my fair share oftortillas.  I remember as a girl going to Mexico with my family.  We’d always get some fresh corn tortillas from the street vendors topped with butter and sprinkled with salt.  My mouth is salivating with the memories.  After enjoying the goodness of fresh tortillas the grocery store copies no longer satisfied me.  I came to like the store-bought flour tortillas much better than other option.  A few years ago my hubby deployed and I headed to Texas to be with my parents.  The Relief Society (our church’s women’s group) held a class to learn how to make fresh flour tortillas served with pinto beans.  It soon became a tradition to have this meal for Sunday dinner- it was easy because the beans cooked in the slow cooker while we attended church.  All of the kids loved coming home and rolling out their own tortillas.  Some looked better than others and we played a game — What does the tortilla look like?  Some took the shape of States (I think we had an Idaho shaped one), others looked like animals, and some would have worked for the ink blot test.  Having now been spoiled by eating fresh flour tortillas the store bought ones no longer seem that great.  So whip up a batch, sit back and enjoy. 

Flour Tortillas

3 C All Purpose Flour

2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp salt

6 Tbsp Shortening (don’t use butter flavored- it doesn’t taste as nice)

1 1/4 C warm water

 

 

In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and salt.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Add in the shortening and mix with your fingertips until it resembles coarse crumbs.

 

 

 

 

 

Make a well in the center of the flour mixture and pour the water in.  Continue mixing until the dough forms.  It should be a soft dough that’s not too sticky.

 

 

 

 

Cover with a clean kitchen towel and let rest for 5 minutes.

 

 

 

Divide the dough into 16 portions and heat a dry skillet over medium-low heat.

 

 

Roll out each portion into a circle, or as close to a circle as you can get.  Place tortilla in the heated skillet and cook for 2-3 minutes.  Flip and cook for 2-3 more minutes.  Roll out the next tortilla while the previous one is cooking.

 

This is definitely cooking the whole family can enjoy!!!

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