Flour Tortillas

Makes twelve 6-inch (15-cm) tortillas

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons vegetable shortening or butter
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup warm water

In a bowl, combine the flour, shortening and salt. Using your fingers, cut with strong fork until the mixture looks crumbly. Mix in the warm water until the ingredients come together in a ball. Knead the dough in the bowl until smooth, about 3 minutes.

Divide the dough into 12 equal pieces and roll each piece into a ball. Place the balls on a plate and cover with a kitchen towel or plastic wrap. Let rest in the refrigerator for at least 15 minutes or as long as overnight.

On a lightly floured board, roll out each ball into a thin 6-inch round, frequently turning the rounds over to prevent sticking. Lay the rounds in a single layer on the lightly floured board, cover with kitchen towels and let rest for 30 minutes. Or stack between pieces of parchment paper or waxed paper, wrap well in plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to 2 days.

To cook, heat a dry griddle or heavy nonstick frying pan over medium heat. One at a time, cook the tortillas, turning once, until puffy and slightly golden, 30-45 seconds on each side. Transfer to a platter lined with a kitchen towel and let cool briefly, then stack and wrap in a damp towel to keep warm.

When all the tortillas are cooked, serve immediately. Or let cool, wrap in plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. To reheat, wrap the tortillas in aluminum foil and place in a preheated 350 degrees oven for about 15 minutes.

Nutrional Facts per Serving
Calories * 157 Fat: 7g Carbohydrates: 20g
Cholesterol:* 0mg Sodium: 194mg Protein: 3g
Fiber:* 1g % Cal. from Fat: 40% % Cal. from Carbs: 51%

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