Flour Tortillas (for Social Studies!)

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Today I made flour tortillas.  That was what people who lived on ranchos ate.  They are very filling and taste delicious.  If you want to know how to make flour tortillas, read the next few paragraphs.

You Need

  • 2 cups of all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup vegetable shortening
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • skillet or griddle
  • rolling pin
  • spatula
  • fork
  • butter (optional)

How to make them

Mix flour, shortening, and salt with your fork until fine crumbs form.  Be sure to break up large lumps of mixture.  Slowly mix in the water, add in a little more flour if the dough is sticky.  Turn the dough on to a floured surface and knead until smooth, about 1 minute.  Cut the dough into six pieces and cover with plastic wrap.  Roll the pieces of dough into nine inch circles.  Cook them on the skillet or the griddle, one at a time, over medium-high heat until small brown spots appear.  Repeat on the other side.  Makes six tortillas.  

The brown spots may look a little burned, but they are still very good.  The people who lived on the rancho used animal fat instead of shortening, and they made a lot more, but our twenty-first century tortillas are still pretty good.  Just not as healthy and filling.  I love cooking!  ❤

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  1. I know how much you enjoy cooking!! Those tortillas look so good and I am always hungry! I’m glad to see you having fun, Sweetie. Love you so much! 😉 You and Emily are doing a great job of homeschooling!

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