Thursday, April 30, 2009

Grandma's Homemade Flour Tortillas (sorta)

I may have mentioned that I spent a good bit of my childhood in my grandmother's kitchen...mostly gossiping and watching her cook, but occasionally I would give her a hand. I remember using an old wooden rolling pin to help her whip out loads of tortillas for a table-full of hungry children. We'd load these magical discs (nobody made 'em like Grandma) with all sorts of things--beans, guac, butter, you name it...

So after years of trying, I finally got the magical recipe out of Grandma, veganized it, and made a batch of my own. And let me tell you--what these tortillas lack in beauty, they most certainly make up for in taste!

Grandma's Homemade Flour Tortillas (sorta)

2 c unbleached white flour (plus extra for rolling)
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon evaporated cane sweetener
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 c vegetable shortening
3/4 c unsweetened almond milk (luke warm)

In a large bowl, combine all dry ingredients and mix well with fork. Add shortening and mix with fingers until consistency is even. Add almond milk and knead well (about 3-5 minutes). Separate dough into 8 equal parts, creating small dough balls. 

Generously dust a large, flat surface with flour. Using a rolling pin (or a sanitized wine bottle...not kidding), roll out each ball into a round, flat shape. Use additional flour to dust balls as you roll them out. 

Heat griddle to medium-high heat. Thoroughly cook each tortilla (roughly 1 minute on each side). 

Store uncooked tortillas on a large plate, separated by parchment paper. Cover plate with plastic wrap. Uncooked tortillas can be stored up to 3 days in refrigerator.  

Feel free to load these up with whatever you like...or don't. They're great all by themselves, too!


ChocolateCoveredVegan said...

I loved spnding time in my grandma's kitchen :)

Anonymous said...

those look delicious! i can practically taste them. :)

Anonymous said...

ps. i still have my grandma's wooden rolling pin. :)

Eddie G said...

Not me. I used a wine bottle :D

Anonymous said...

i keep coming back to your blog to look at these tortillas! :p