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Saturday, April 3, 2010

Buttermilk Tortilla

Homemade flour tortilla's make all my mexican dishes just "a little bit better". In a bind...I love the convenience of the store bought tortilla shells, but my favorite is the good ol' fashioned "Home made" ones. I've had a recipe that I've used for years and years. It was the one that my mom made when I was little. But the other day, she shared a new recipe that she had started using and said that she liked it so much better. I thought I would give it a try...I'll have to admit that I agree. It is so much better. Its lighter and fluffier and just tastes a notch above the old recipe. For those of you that are big fans of Cafe Rio (that would be ME)...it tastes a lot like the tortilla's that you get there!
You've got to try these, they are awesome!

Buttermilk Tortilla's

5 c. flour
4 t. baking powder
1 t. salt
1/2 c. shortening
2-3 c. buttermilk (put in 2 to start with and then add a little more if you need some)

Mix all the dry ingredient together then cut in shortening. Add buttermilk. Mix with your hands (or a large wooden spoon if you prefer not to get your hands dirty), kneading the dough as you go. Let sit for 5 minutes, then form dough into balls just a little bit larger than a walnut ( I did mine bigger because I like a larger shell). Let balls rest for 5 minutes. Heat a skillet or griddle...DO NOT add oil. ( I did use a little pan coating, just because...) Roll balls out into a thin tortilla. Place shell in the hot skillet, turn when the shell starts to bubble. Place cooked shell on a plate and serve with your favorite toppings. 
* Can use 1/2 wheat and 1/2 white flour if you choose to...I just used white flour. 

Happy Cooking~
Julie

5 comments:

  1. Yea! I"ve needed a new recipie for those mine is OK, but not like Cafe Rio. I know what we're having for dinner tonight! :)

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  2. These are soooooo good. I've made them twice this week! My family LOVES them. Thanks! :)

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  3. Yep! I'm making them again. :)

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  4. its basically buttermilk biscuits! I make mine with Non-Hydrogenated Leaf Lard.

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  5. I made these tonight with a mix of butter and shortening as the fat. They came out wonderfully! So light and fluffy. They really are like tortilla biscuits!

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