How did you get these so perfectly round?
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Mexican flat bread which is called a tortillas that can be eaten with butter as soon as they come off the comal or use then for soft tacos or other mexican dishes. Also can use then aa a crispy snack
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How did you get these so perfectly round?

posted at 7/27/2009 2:38 PM EDT
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Mexican flat bread which is called a tortillas that can be eaten with butter as soon as they come off the comal or use then for soft tacos or other mexican dishes. Also can use then aa a crispy snack by cutting the rolled out tortillas into strips and frying the tortillas in grease instead of putting them on the comal and put a sugar and cinnamon coating on them after you take them out of the grease. The tortillas is a bread that most Texans always have on hand. There are many different variations but I like this simple basic recipe: 2 cups of flour , 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder, 1 teaspoon salt, 2 Tablespoons lard, 3/4 cup very warm water or milk Mix all your ingredients into a large bowl. Mixing it up until a dough ball forms. Usually takes about 5 minutes of kneading the dough. Pinch pieces of dough off the big dough ball until you get 8 equal size balls. Put them into the same bowl you mixed it up in. Take a damp dish cloth and cover the bowl to let the 8 dough balls rest for about 15-20 minutes. While the dough is resting get out your comal or cast iron skillet and heat it up (DO NOT GREASE) Next you roll each dough ball out to about 1/8 inch thickness and in a circular shape. (This takes a little practice) We have had some roll out like the state of Texas and oblongs and well you get the picture. They still taste good. Once you have a ball rolled out to desired diameter put it onto the hot comal or skillet and cook for 30 seconds,you will see bubbles form, then turn over and let it cook for about 15 seconds more (depending on how hot your comal is) You will notice the dark brown or black spots which is normal for the tortillas to be.(One of my grandsons would not eat the tortillas with these spots so I would have to barely cook his). Take off and place into a clean bowl or a metal pie plate covered with a damp cloth until you get them all cooked. Once cooled you can put them into a plastic bag of your preference or leave in a towel or if you have a tortillas bowl with a lid you can store it in there. Serve warm with your meal. They can be reheated on the comal or on an open fire just be careful not to burn yourself. Learning to make tortillas is as basic to learn as making corn bread and beans down here where we live. It is often a time of frustration for the young girls as they begin to try to roll the dough out. All kinds of shapes just seem to pop up during the learning process. This is normal and after a while all the girls get the hang of it and are making nice tortillas that are in a circle. My daughter LeeAnn(she was about 10 yeras old) was learning to make the dough and then how to roll it out. We use a piece of an old wooden broom stick that has been sanded down and washed. A few of the ladies I know use a cut off piece of pvc pipe. Of course you can use a regular rolling pin too. As LeeAnn was getting ready to roll out her dough I had to go tend to something outside. After about 20 minutes I came back inside to see how LeeAnn was doing. To my amazement they were perfectly round. I just wanted to call everyone to show them (Look out pride) but then as I was looking around the kitchen I saw a saucer with flour on it. LeeAnn how did you roll out the dough as she proceeded to show me and they were pretty good and then she showed me how she took the saucer and traced around the tortillas dough to get her perfectly round tortillas. I could not help but laugh at all her hard work. She said mom I don't want them to laugh at me and my tortillas. I told her that they are laughing with you and not to be so easily offended. Most everyone starts out with odd shapped tortillas. You just get better and better the more practice you do, the more you make. We will never forget her perfectly round tortillas. It is something we eat daily. I added the recipe so yall can try them also. Let me know what shapes you come up with. Of course those who roll out pie crust will probably come out almost as good as LeeAnns saucers did. My friend Sister Rose makes the best tortillas, she told me her mom had her making them since she was about 6 years old so she has had plenty of practice. All her kids are grown except one and she is almost 17 so Sister Rose does not make them as often as she use to but when she does everyones mouth just waters. Thanks for reading and have a good day, Donna I am going to make up a batch of tortillas and I will take pictures to add in a little while so check back with me later, thanks and happy baking to all.

How did you get these so perfectly round?

posted at 7/27/2009 4:57 PM EDT
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Great story Donna. I am happy that you had photos as well. These tortillas look mighty tasty to me! Now, maybe one day soon I too will try to make them using your recipe. Thanks, Libby

How did you get these so perfectly round?

posted at 7/27/2009 8:25 PM EDT
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Can't wait to try. Thanks

How did you get these so perfectly round?

posted at 7/27/2009 11:30 PM EDT
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Wonderful! Love the step-by-step photos. Thanks for sharing!

How did you get these so perfectly round?

posted at 7/28/2009 12:26 AM EDT
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great pics

How did you get these so perfectly round?

posted at 7/28/2009 1:32 AM EDT
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What a great idea to get them "perfect". I know I sometimes use a juice glass to cut-out cookies instead of reaching for my big tin of cookie cutters. You must be really proud of your daughter.

How did you get these so perfectly round?

posted at 7/28/2009 2:28 AM EDT
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Oh wow. I should have started earlier in life doing this. I keep tearing things up. The clues I read between the lines will be very helpful tomorrow when I try these again.

How did you get these so perfectly round?

posted at 7/28/2009 3:15 AM EDT
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Wow - I feel like I was just given a lesson on making tortillas - Thanks!!!

How did you get these so perfectly round?

posted at 7/28/2009 3:30 AM EDT
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Some folks add a little more lard but it is up to you. As you make them you will feel the dough and know when it feels right. Thanks for reading and have a good day, Donna

How did you get these so perfectly round?

posted at 7/28/2009 4:57 AM EDT
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I noticed that lately you are posting very good hints, tips, recipes, etc., are you a professional baker by trade? You input is valueable info that we can use. Keep the great stories, recipes, hints, tips, etc. coming. Once again, good job. You must have a number of books that you can print out from here and give them as Christmas gifts. You put my little 3 recipe book to shame. LOL

How did you get these so perfectly round?

posted at 7/28/2009 5:18 AM EDT
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The photos helped to visualize your written instructions. I like LeeAnn's secret - no mistakes getting the tortilla round!

How did you get these so perfectly round?

posted at 7/28/2009 5:53 AM EDT
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Thanks for the wonderful comments. I am NOT a professional baker but have been cooking for a long time. I am a minister wife although he is retired due to Alzheimer disease. I love to cook and have many varied interests in life. I have been blest to meet many different people and always have tryed to learn from them. Momma always said you learn more by listening than talking but I do love to talk too. I have a "gift" giving God all the glory to try and complete task. If I am ask if I can do something I say yes even if I have not done it before, then I challenge myself to do it and with Gods help I have always been able to acomplish it. In all areas of my life. One of the greatest compliments I received and that helped me to do even more task was: A minister we knew had told me (I had written a play for a church program) after the play that I had more talent in my little finger than most people have in their whole lifetime. I used this to encourage myself to try to do all and also my dad told me to "NEVER GIVE UP" and that is my motto. But like I said the Lord keeps me humble and it is through Jesus that I can do things. His word says "I can do ALL things through Christ which strengthens me" I believe this totally and give Him all the honor. I was an R.N. for 15 years and then worked in the ministry as the director of a christian school and as a teacher there. Thanks for reading and have a good day, Donna

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