Friday, May 3, 2013

Gordita Style Fat Flour Tortillas

Hello you fat little tortilla!
If you've never written a recipe book before, the one rule to remember is; if people can screw it up they will. Not that I'm making any judgments towards people, but sometimes you get comments like "well I tried to make it and it just didn't turn out." That's when I have to go back, look at the recipe and say "did I miss something?". Occasionally you do have a type-o, or an ingredient missing, but sometimes people just have different expectations for the recipe you've presented. One such recipe is for my home-made tortillas. Considering a lot of people are familiar with the store-bought version, you might be dissatisfied with my home-made version. Tortilla presses are almost necessary when trying to create super thin tortillas, and when I failed to label it as a raised tortilla, I think people got very confused.

Personally I like mine thick, with a bit of leavening. Most Americans might consider it more of a Gordita style tortilla.  I hand press mine and fry them in oil, and they always come out amazing. While it's hard to beat the cost and ease of processed tortillas, when you've got to have one, and you can't get to the store, this recipe will provide the perfect answer to your burrito needs. Sometimes you just have to leave your expectations at the door, only to find something better.

Using a bit of non-stick spray and two pieces of tin foil
(or wax paper) allows you to press flat the tortilla.
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
¾ cup of water + 2 tablespoons of oil
½ teaspoon of salt
oil for frying

1. Mix dry ingredients in bowl.
2. Add wet ingredients and mix.
3. Knead dough till all is combined.
4. Make balls from dough.
5. Press in tortilla press or by hand (a heavy pan works nicely).
6. On cast-iron skillet with oil, fry tortilla on both sides.