Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Homemade Flour Torillas Recipe

 I love tacos and fajitas, but I don't love the smell when you open a package of tortilla shells. A few months ago I found a recipe and decided to try my own.
The first batch was decidedly misshapen, some ovals, some moon shaped, a few of them were folded.
Tortilla making was not my skill. The Mexican blood in me was definitely not translating to my food.
Some parts of me are Dutch though and Dutch people are stubborn so I persevered.
*coff* Ok, I admit it. I'm all Dutch. That would explain why the Mexican ancestry didn't help me out.
 Have you made homemade tortillas before?
 And has anyone else noticed the funny smell when you open a package of them?
 If you do make them. Do you have any tips for me, or ideas for yummy additives to make them more exciting?





Homemade Flour Tortillas  

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons lard
  • 1 1/2 cups hot water

Directions

  1. Whisk the flour, salt, and baking powder together in a mixing bowl. Mix in the lard with your fingers until the flour resembles cornmeal. Add the water and mix until the dough comes together; place on a lightly floured surface and knead a few minutes until smooth and elastic. Divide the dough into 24 equal pieces and roll each piece into a ball. 
As you can see mine aren't perfectly round.
  
2. Preheat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Use a well-floured rolling pin to roll a dough ball into a thin, round tortilla. 


Place into the hot skillet, and cook until bubbly and golden; flip and continue cooking until golden on the other side.

 Continue rolling and cooking the remaining dough. 
  
  •  These freeze really well.
  •  You can add Basil or Sundried Tomatoes for a different finish.

 

Thursday, January 20, 2011

One less cookie in my life.

 I started a post last week on a double chocolate chunk cookie recipe.
I took pictures of all the steps, creaming butter and sugar, a chopping board full of chocolate chunks, the cut cookies ready to go in the oven. The finished product.
There was only one problem. This was a new recipe. It wasn't one I had tried before. They turned out puffy, dry and just plain boring.
 All that work for nothing.
 Because the glass is half full, or in this case even a sad cookie is better than no cookie at all.
I'm thankful that I only made a half recipe.
The chocolate chunks in them were still good.
I get to write in my cookbook. I like to rate my recipes. It gives me a feeling of accomplishment.
My baby girl loved them. She loves anything that she can get into her mouth, but I'm taking what I can get here.


 The moral of this story is. Just make Mrs. Fields Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe. Everyone will appreciate it more.
 

Saturday, January 8, 2011

New Shoes

 I had a wedding to go to today. It was the perfect opportunity to wear my fabulous new shoes. I know the word fabulous is slightly overused, but my dear. These shoes simply are fabulous. I'm trying to convince my husband of that.
  On the way I went into McD's to get a cappuccino and a little girl told me how much she liked my shoes. 
I got back to the truck and told my DH what she had said. Trying to prove my point that these shoes are cool and people do like them.
He said it's because she's a little girl, and these are little girl shoes.
*raspberry*

Saturday, January 1, 2011

New Blog

It's that time again. Time for a new blog.
Who knows how much will be posted on here?