My helper today was Gianna. She loves to use her litlte roller and she can get a pretty good shape. Sometimes her mind wanders and she thinks she's playing with playdough and we end up with one less tortilla but that's okay.
My other helper was Gage. He does an amazing job. It took me years to be able to learn how to do this and he's only 9! He can roll out a tortilla and knows just when to flip them on the stove.
Here's some of our rolled out tortillas.
Here's our stack of hot, homemade, delicious tortillas!
Here's our recipe taken from Tortilla Lovers Cook Book.
6 1/2 cups of flour ( this time I used 4 1/2 cups of white unbleached flour and 2 cups of whole wheat flour )
2 Tbsp of baking powder
1 Tbsp sea salt
1/2 cup vegetable shortening (we used Coconut Oil, we have used regular vegetable oil and shortneing before too)
2 cups lukewarm water
Mix (I use my Bosch) all ingredients. Knead about 30-40 times if doing it by hand.
Shape into balls about 2". The book recommends greasing your hands with shortening and rubbing it on the balls to prevent crust from forming. I've never done this and not had a problem with a crust forming (unless the ceiling fan was on and I took an extra long time rolling them out).
Cover with a towel and let sit for 10 minutes. Sprinkle board or hard surface lightly with flour. (I do this sometimes but it's okay to just go ahead to the next step)
Roll dough balls with rolling pin into a circle about 10" across and 1/8" thick. Heat tortillas in hot skillet. When tortillas form light brown bubbles turn and cook the other side.
We find the best results come from baking them in a cast iron pan but any pan will do.