19 April 2011

Homemade tortillas and a school holiday treat

Once you've made your own tortillas you won't bother with buying them. Not only are they cheaper to make at home, but so much nicer freshly made. Made a double batch and turn some into Elephant Ears for a fun and tasty dessert or quick afternoon tea.

Quick Processor Tortillas
Ingredients:

2 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt*
3 tbsp oil
 3/4 cup warm water

Method:
Combine the dry ingredients in food processor, add the oil and then gradually add enough of the warm water to form a soft dough. Knead on a floured board for about 5 mins then allow the dough to rest  for at least 10 minutes, this makes it much easier to roll out.  Divide the dough into 10-12 pieces and roll each to about 20cm across.  Cook them quickly in a very hot, lightly oiled frying pan for 30-60 seconds until they bubble and start to brown. Turn and cook other side. Wrap them in a damp tea towel to keep them soft until ready to use.  To warm the tortillas wrap them in foil and heat them in the oven.  These can be frozen, separate with freezer plastic between each tortilla to make them easy to separate. Re-heat in a hot, lightly oiled fry pan for a few seconds on each side.

*Note: Use 1 teaspoon of salt in this recipe, it really is needed. Normally I would omit salt in recipes but the salt in this recipe is needed to give the tortillas flavour.

Elephant Ears
Ingredients:

8 - 10 flour tortillas
Cinnamon sugar
Oil for frying

Method:
Heat about 1cm oil in fry pan. Put 1 tortilla into the oil for 10 seconds. Turn with tongs and do the other side. After it is turned the tortilla will "puff" up. Remove from pan with tongs and put in a container with the cinnamon sugar, toss to coat the elephant's ear with the mixture.

Cinnamon Sugar
Ingredients:

1/4 cup white sugar
2 tsp cinnamon

Method:
Mix well. Store in an airtight container.

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