I have fond memories of going to my Daddy's hometown to
visit family through my entire childhood, as I still do, and getting to
watch my Great Aunt make homemade tortillas.
They are real, authentic tortillas, the kind that will make you never
want to buy store-bought tortillas again. As I got older, I started
to appreciate how special this must be to her to make
tortillas by hand, as well as to our family as she carries
on the Mexican tradition of the women before her.
She learned by watching her Mama do this for their family
and carries on that tradition to this day.
I am thankful to have this culture be a part of me and to have
gotten to watch it in action in her 1940's kitchen when when we have
visited her all these years and when she used to babysit me.
With that appreciation for the art that it is,
I am happy to have started making homemade tortillas regularly
myself. I love doing it for many reasons, but mostly
because I get to be a part of keeping that part of the culture of
that side of my family in tact and because it is so great to experience
the taste of a real, homemade, hot off the comal tortilla.
Another thing that is wonderful is that you know exactly what you
are eating and what you put into them and they don't have
preservatives and other additives they often do when made
for purchase at the grocery store.
If you've never made homemade tortillas before,
this is a wonderful recipe to start with.
You can try making different kinds of tortillas with different
flours and masa you can buy, but regular flour tortillas
like these are my favorite and are a great place to start.
These are SO simple :)
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 cup warm water
Mix all ingredients until dough is formed.
Knead by hand into a large ball. Pinch one section off
at a time, enough to make one tortilla, or divide into same sized
balls to make each tortilla.
Using a floured surface or wax paper, roll out or hand press
tortilla to desired size. Make sure your tortilla has a dusting of flour
on it before cooking it. Heat comal/griddle on med-high and
wait a minute or two for it to heat up. Lay tortilla on comal/griddle
and let it cook- like a pancake- until it starts to bubble up on the side
facing up. Flip and cook on the other side.
Enjoy your homemade tortillas :)
Have you ever made homemade tortillas?
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I am happy to get to join today in linking with
The Art of Homemaking Mondays at a blog I have been enjoying
very much since I began following relatively recently,
Have a blessed day!!