Back in November, I wrote a post about healthy tortillas (A Healthy Tortilla). A reader who commented on that post changed my world.
I used to buy these tortillas, because of all the packaged tortillas they were the "best" I could find. They did taste pretty good. The closer I looked, the less I liked about them. They have some questionable ingredients in them.
I found a wonderful recipe and I now make my own tortillas. It is time consuming, but I just make several batches at once and freeze them.
They are the BEST tortillas ever! Once you try homemade, you will never go back! I can't stop eating them. :)
Really? And then, she was kind enough to come back and share the link to her recipe: Mexican Whole Wheat Tortillas.
The truth is that I don't really like packaged tortillas. They taste a bit like the plastic bag that they come in (sad).
Also, there are a bunch of dough stabilizers and preservatives in them which I would like to avoid. The list of ingredients on some of these packaged tortillas is extremely long.
Well, Cristina, you inspired me to get off my butt and make some tortillas. Because I am lazy, I decided to change the recipe to fit my lifestyle needs.
This website should be called Lazy Snack Girl (but, then, who would read it?).
What I did differently from the original recipe was to use the food processor method of dough making to the tortilla recipe. It worked!
Julia Child used a food processor to crank out amazing pie dough. Mark Bittman uses a food processor to make bread dough, and now Snack Girl will make tortilla dough with her food processor.
The entire tortilla dough making process was under 5 minutes. Sadly, you must wait an hour for the dough to rest to allow the flour to soak up the ingredients before you cook them.
One hour later, you can start heating your pan and cooking your tortillas - which is the best part! There was something so fun and satisfying about making tortillas.
After you roll out your dough to your desired thickness, you toss it in a pan and wait for a bubble to form. Then, you flip it and cook a little more. Finally, you have this absolutely divine product to consume.
My kids went absolutely nuts over these tortillas. They were a real treat!
You can make a whole bunch and then freeze them for later consumption. I promise - these are worth the effort.
(If you don't have a food processor, just mix the dough until smooth with your hands.)
Whole Wheat Flour Tortilla Recipe
(makes 10 tortillas)
1/2 cup white bread flour or all-purpose flour
2 cups whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup shortening
1 1/4 cups boiling water
In a food processor pulse both flours and salt. Add shortening and pulse until blended. Slowly add boiling water though tube until a wet dough forms. The tortilla dough should be just a little bit sticky. Form 10 balls of dough and rest on cookie sheet under slightly damp towel or plastic wrap for at least 1 hour or up to 8 hours.
To cook tortillas, heat large frying pan on high heat. Roll out tortilla on floured surface until you reach your desired thickness. Place tortilla on griddle and cook until you see a bubble form. Flip tortilla and cook for about 30 seconds more. Roll out the next tortilla while the first one is cooking. Eat immediately, refrigerate, or freeze your tortillas.
For one tortilla: 159 calories, 5.4 g fat, 23.8 g carbohydrates, 3.2 g protein, 0.9 g fiber, 234 mg sodium, 4 Points+