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Celebrating Cinco de Mayo with Homemade Flour Tortillas

Celebrating Cinco de Mayo with Homemade Flour Tortillas
Celebrating Cinco de Mayo with Homemade Flour Tortillas
Chef Larry Edwards/Casa de Cuisine

If you have never enjoyed homemade flour tortillas, you have never truly experienced one of the great joys of the culinary world. These are just so downright delicious, you'll begin eating them right off the griddle or pan with no filling whatsoever. What is the secret to a great homemade flour tortilla? Lard!

To make homemade flour tortillas does take some practice. The recipe and steps are very easy, but the handwork takes some time to develop. Of course you can always cheat and use a tortilla press or a rolling pin. When these are truly authentic, they are formed by hand and to watch artisan tortilla makers in action is almost spellbinding.

If you do choose to make your own flour tortillas (and if you do, you will become addicted), remember these are not like the store bought "stuff." These have no preservatives, so their freshness will only last about a day or so.

Ingredients needed to make Authentic Flour Tortillas (amount depends on size):

  • ¼ cup lard
  • 3 cups flour
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup hot water

Steps:

  1. In a medium bowl combine the lard and the flour. Using your fingers, massage the lard into the flour to fully incorporate.
  2. Add the salt and hot water and stir together until it becomes a dough.
  3. Remove the dough to a floured surface and knead for 5 minutes.
  4. Place the dough back in the medium bowl, cover and let rest at room temperature 2 hours.
  5. In portions, roll the dough out into a round which will fit into a medium shallow fry pan.
  6. Heat the fry pan over medium heat (DO NOT ADD ANY OIL).
  7. Place the tortillas in the hot pan and cook about 40 seconds per side.

The new cookbook from Chef Larry Edwards is now available from Amazon.com and bookstores worldwide. One of the most anticipated cookbooks of the year, "Edwardian Cooking: Inspired by Downton Abbey's Elegant Meals."