Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Recipe of the Month ~ Homemade Whole Wheat Tortillas

Hello all! :-)  I hope this day finds you well and growing in the Lord.
Something that our family is hoping to be consistent about this year is posting a recipe each month.  We girls take great delight and satisfaction in being in the kitchen, planning frugal menus, and watching everyone enjoy the food.  Truly, this is part of how we serve the Lord as women.  Though we farm-raised Ohioans love our meat :-) we have been seeking to make more meatless meals as well.  We'll be sure to share some of our family favorite, tweaked, tried-and-true recipes with you all over this year, Lord willing, and we hope you'll give them a try and enjoy them!

Today I'd like to share an Alexander family standby recipe........
Homemade Wholewheat Tortillas
 We use these all the time!  I usually make five to six batches at a time and put them in the freezer so that we have them readily available.  They're different from store bought tortillas, but we think they're wonderful.  Also, not only are they healthier, but they're less expensive too.  And the thing is, they're super easy to make!  So we hope you'll try these and really like them! :-)

3 cups whole wheat flour
1 tsp. salt
1/3 cup oil (olive, coconut, palm, etc.)
1 cup water

Stir flour and salt together in mixing bowl.  Mix in oil, first with a fork, then with your fingers to get all the clumps out.  Stir in water with fork.  Knead for about a minute or two, until they're a firm, smooth, soft consistency.  (You may or may not have to add a touch more flour.)  Divide the dough into twelve equal parts.  Roll out each tortilla into an eight to nine inch round.  (I like to use a flexible pie mat.  This allows me to get a more even circle, as well as making it easier to remove the tortillas.  If you don't have a flexible mat of some kind, roll them out on a floured surface.)  Fry the tortillas lightly on a skillet.  Fry them just until they're no longer doughy.  Remove to a wire rack to cool before stacking on a plate.  Enjoy them for any favorite recipe!
One thing that we have discovered over the years is that if you store them in the refrigerator they will get dried out very quickly, making them nearly impossible to roll up.  Also, we recently discovered that you cannot store them on a shelf in the pantry, as they will mold.  Oops. :-)  The best way to store them is in ziplock bags the freezer and just pull them out as needed.  (Make sure they're completely cooled before you put them in the bag, or they will stick.)  They come apart best if you either break them apart with a butter knife while completely frozen, or if you left them thaw completely.

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