We have been on a tight budget lately, because my husband was out of work for a few weeks. Thankfully, I know how to stretch a dollar! One very budget-friendly food is homemade tortillas. These are actually very easy to make. My 11 and 9 year olds assisted me!
Here’s the recipe, so you can try your hand at this simple delight:
– 2 cups flour
– 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
– 1/2 teaspoon salt
– 3 tablespoons butter, softened (not melted!)
– 3/4 cup lukewarm water (yes, the temperature makes a difference!)
1) Measure the flour, baking powder, and salt into a bowl.
2) Add the butter (I think that cutting it into a few smaller pieces makes it easier). Work the butter into the flour with a large fork or pastry whisk, until the mixture resembles fine crumbs.
3) Make a well in the center of the flour mixture and add the water, then mix thoroughly.
4) Knead the dough about 10 times, then leave it in the bowl, cover with a towel, and let sit for about 10 minutes. The dough will rise slightly.
5) Place the dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead it again, about 20 times.
6) Divide the dough in half, then divide each half into halves, and continue dividing until you have 8 balls. This will make approximately 8-9 inch tortillas. For 6 inch tortillas, keep dividing the dough until you have 16 balls.
7) Flatten each ball between your hands to form a disc, then roll it out as flat and round as you care to make it!
8) Pre-heat a non-stick skillet, then cook the tortillas on each side until bubbles start to form and they have little brown spots.
And that’s it! Serve warm with your toppings of choice, eat plain, or save for later in thefridge in a container or baggie.
My girls decided to make a couple heart-shaped tortillas: