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tortillas made a late appearance on the Mexican
table and became the bread staple in the northern
states only. They are traditionally made with
lard but for health reasons, tortilla factories
and chefs have switched to vegetable shortening
or vegetable oil.
cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 tsp. Salt
1/3 cup vegetable oil or shortening
1 cup warm water but not boiling
the flour, salt, and shortening in a large bowl
and mix together until crumbly, as for pie dough.
water and mix until you can gather the dough
into a ball.
the dough to a lightly floured surface and knead
until smooth and elastic, about 5 minutes.
with plastic wrap and set aside to rest for
at least 30 minutes or up to 2 hours.
form the tortillas:
the dough into 12 equal portions.
each portion between the palms of your hands
to make a ball.
a lightly floured surface, roll out each ball
into an 8 inch circle.
the circles between sheets of plastic wrap as
cook the tortillas:
a heavy skillet, griddle or comal over high
heat until beginning to smoke. Place a tortilla
in the pan and cook for 30 seconds.
and cook on the other side until slightly puffed
and speckled brown on the underside but still
soft enough to fold, about 30 seconds.
and continue until all the tortillas are cooked,
stacking them as you go.
right away or cool, wrap in plastic wrap and
refrigerate for up to 3 days.