I first tried making my own tortillas this autumn. The one and only reason for that was that it is quite expensive to buy ready made ones, and I really wanted them for something that I can't remember right now. So, I found a recipe for flour tortillas and gave it a go. Unfortunately, they didn't come out very well. I mean, they were OK, but were very hard to roll out (I don't have a rolling pin here, so I'm using a drinking glass...), and when done they were very stiff and broke when folded. Needless to say, that's not optimal for a tortilla that's going to be filled with loads of yummy things. I tried again some weeks later with the same disappointing result.
However, I refused to give up. Today we wanted tortillas. This time, I remembered reading about a recipe on Molly Wizenberg's blog Orangette. I may have to dedicate a separate blog post only for her sometimes, but for now, I will just say that if there was going to be any recipe that would work for me, it would probably be hers. Originally, it's from a book called Saveur Cooks Authentic American, but she had tweaked it somehow, and so did I (by replacing the shortening with oil). I guess the method is what made the whole difference; you use boiling water. Maybe this is the common way to do it, but for me, it was totally new. And it worked perfectly. The dough came together and it was smooth and so simple to work with, even without a rolling pin. The result? Soft and tender tortillas with a simple but still great taste. It's easy, delicious and so much cheaper that buying pre made ones, that I have a hard time I will ever switch back to tortillas from the supermarket.
The recipe? It's here.
|I didn't get the chance to snap a photo of the tortillas before they were in our mouths, so here's a picture of my mothers dog's nose instead. I guess that's cuter anyway.|
And guess what! After yesterdays post about how impossible it is to find locally grown vegetables here, today in the supermarket I found kohlrabi with a small handwritten sign next to it with the name on. I think it might indicate that some farmer here grew it and sold it to the supermarket. Or maybe they just lost the printed sign. Either way, I bought one but I'm not sure what to do with it. Suggestions anyone?