Thursday, 29 August 2013

Wholemeal Tortillas

Make yourself a huge pile of these.



Use lard. Don't be scared, it's delicious.



Stir it all up with a fork. It's hot at first, so be careful.



Twenty two pudgy balls of dough. Couldn't you just pinch their little cheeks?



Rollin', rollin', rollin'...



Move 'em on, head 'em up. Head 'em up, move 'em out. Move 'em on, head 'em out... I'll stop now.



Ready to flip... 
just like me when I tell my kids for the umpteenth time not to leave their shoes right in front of the door...
but not really.



All toasty and frilly edged.


 
I wish you could smell these, I really do.







Now, just like Napaleon Dynamite, you can make yourself a dang kay seh dill uh!



Wholemeal Tortillas
adapted from allrecipes.com
Makes 22

1 cup plain flour
4 cups wholemeal bread flour
115g lard, chopped into small cubes
2 teaspoons fine sea salt
1 1/2 cups boiling water

Put both flours into a large mixing bowl along with the salt and stir to combine. Add the lard and rub it into the dry ingredients using your thumbs and fingertips in a fluttering motion. Continue to do this until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Make a well in the centre, and pour in the boiling water. Start to mix with a fork until the dough starts to come together and cools a little. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface and knead briefly until smooth.

Roll 55g balls of dough and place them on a baking paper lined baking tray. Leave to rest for an hour, covered in a clean cloth.

Heat a frying pan over high heat. Lightly flour a work surface and roll the balls of dough out into about 18-20cm circles, as thinly as possible. Fry one at a time. Wait for bubbles to appear on the surface of the tortilla, flip them and fry them on the other side. They should take about 30 - 40 second per side to toast. Continue rolling and frying until you have a delicious stack of tortillas.


16 comments:

  1. These look wonderful! I've never made anything like this, I tend to buy them but yours look really golden and full of flavour.

    (and I love the flowery shape of them)

    And lard is awesome! It was good enough for our grandparents eh?

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    1. Hey Emma. Home made tortillas are a totally different thing from store-bought. I'd make All my own tortillas if I could, but sometimes I buy store-bought for convenience and time saving. The only trouble is, once you make your own tortillas, that's all you (and your family) will want.

      I think these are flower shaped because of the quantity of wholemeal flour in them. White flour tortillas tend to be more refined and less "rustic" looking. I guess that goes for most things made with white flour.

      I totally agree with you about lard. My mum was a pastry cook and I grew up on pastry made with it - and I wouldn't have it any other way.

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  2. These are amazing! Great job!!!

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  3. I wish I could smell it, yes!!! Your tortillas are really good looking and I'm sure that they taste good too :)

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    1. Thanks Gabrielle. They are so much better that the commercial ones.

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  4. I bet kay suh dillas would be amazing with these. Napoleon is a huge favorite in this house too. And lard? I think I need to get me some a that!

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    1. You really do need to get you some of that lard, it'll change your life!

      Napoleon/Pedro/Deb are heroes in our house. That movie must be the most quoted movie by my family - me included.

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  5. My tortillas never come out right :(( But I'd never thought of using lard, I'd always use olive oil and they'd always break and torn apart. So yes, I think I'll try lard next time and see if they turn out as nice as yours. I love the rustic look!
    Have a lovely day! :D

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    1. Hey Consuelo, lard might be the answer to your crumbly tortillas, plus you just can't beat the flavour of lard. Wholemeal tortillas are always going to be a bit "courser" than white flour tortillas and less elastic. I also think resting the dough for at least an hour before rolling makes a big difference in the texture. Good luck and I'd love to know if you have more success using lard. I love hearing your comments, so thanks.

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  6. I came across your blog through Foodgawker, and I'm so glad I did. Really great blog, post and I especially love your style of photography in this post. Very Clean and great that you used very little props. Love your blog and am looking forward to reading more.

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    1. Hey Evan, thanks so much for your lovely comments, I really appreciate it. I like my food to speak for itself, without being too "dressed-up" or contrived. Plus, my family are usually waiting to eat while I take my shots and I don't think they'd be too happy with me tying ribbons around everything while they are waiting for their dinner!

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  7. Lard. It's like butter... there's no substitute for it!

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    1. You're a person after my own heart.

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  8. These look absolutely amazing! My kids prefer tortillas over bread a lot of the time, and this seems so easy! Thanks for sharing at the what i am eating link up!

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    1. Thanks so much Heather. My kids love tortillas too. Thanks also for hosting What I'm Eating. It's always great to see what other bloggers are up to.

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