Oi! Finally found a flat tortilla recipe that works for me! I use freshly ground red wheat berries. Granted, the experts recommend white wheat, but i just grabbed the red and proceeded. Figured if it would work with that, it’ll work with any.
Recipe – Mexican Flour Tortillas
Flour Tortillas – Mexican Style
Takes about 25 minutes to mix all together and allow dough to rest. Cooking is about 20 minutes. This recipe yields 15 tortillas rolled to about 10 inch diameter, but I halved it and it worked great.
3 cups flour (white wheat is better for tortillas, but this even works pretty good using red)
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
4 to 6 tablespoons butter
1 ¼ cups warm water (approximately but you may need more if using whole wheat flours)
Mix the dry ingredients; then drop in the butter. I squish it round in the dry ingredients with my fingers until the mix resembles coarse crumbles. Add the warm water and mix. I prefer using my Kitchenaid Artisan Mixer with the dough hook and let it do the work. Cover the dough and let rest for about 10 minutes. Knead a time or two, then tear off about 15 pieces of dough and roll into balls. I throw the balls back into the mixer bowl, but just put them somewhere and cover – let rest for 10 minutes more. Now they are ready to roll out. Dust a bit of flour on your surface.
Cook in a dry heavy flat bottom skillet like a cast iron one for about 30 seconds each side on medium heat or less.
Keep warm or use them immediately for enchiladas or another favorite Mexican dish.
Sorry that there are no photos, but have received requests for this recipe, so am publishing ahead of those. Next time i prepare this delicious recipe, i’ll take and add photos to this entry.
|Egg Noodles w/Sausage & Kale*
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 lb lamb or beef sausage
½ lb kale, tough stems and center ribs discarded and leaves coarsely chopped (or spinach)
½ lb dried egg noodles
2/3 cup water
½ cup Parmesan cheese
Heat oil in a 12-inch heavy skillet over moderately high heat until hot but not smoking, then cook sausage, breaking up any lumps with a spoon, until browned, 5 to 7 minutes.
Meanwhile, blanch kale (or spinach) in a 6-quart pot of boiling salted water, uncovered, 5 minutes. Remove kale with a large slotted spoon, drain over pan, and add to cooked sausage in skillet. Sauté, stirring frequently and scraping up any brown bits from bottom of skillet. Return cooking water in pot to boil and cook egg noodles in boiling water, uncovered, until al dente. Add noodles to skillet with a slotted spoon and ½ cup reserved cooking water if necessary, tossing until combined. Stir in cheese and thin with additional cooking water in desired. Serves 6.
Tips: Retain some of the noodle cooking water and add to any leftovers for easier warming up. As always, use eggs (for making noodles) from pastured hens and sausage from grass-finished animals for best nutrition and flavour. Grow your own or buy the greens from your neighbour. I make beef sausage a few days ahead and freeze; time allows the spices; salt, sage, black pepper, to meld with the ground beef.
*adapted from recipe in the March 2006 Gourmet magazine.
2 cups unbleached white or whole wheat flour
3 egg yolks
2 teaspoons salt
1/4 to 1/2 cup water
Make a well in center of flour. Add egg yolks, egg, and salt; mix thoroughly . Mix in water, 1 tablespoon at a time, until dough is stiff but easy to roll. Divide dough into 4 equal parts. Roll dough, one part at a time, into paper-tin rectangle on well-floured cloth-covered board. Cut into narrow strips with a knife or noodle cutter. Shake out strips and place on towel until stiff and dry, about 2 hours. Break dry strips into smaller pieces. Cook in 3 quarts boiling salted water (1 tablespoon salt) until tender, 12 to 15 minutes; drain. About 6 cups noodles. Storage: after drying, noodles can be covered and stored no longer than 1 month.
Use these noodles for the Egg Noodles w/Sausage & Kale Recipe.
Refuge Ministries tonite. My monthly trip to Mexico with meals for the fabulous youth and leaders at this wonderful christian ministry.
Tonight’s menu is simple:
Pizza – (8) lamb sausage, ground lamb, and a couple veggie pizzas. Toppings include mushrooms, jalapenos, eggplant, black olives, onions, cheddar, parmesan, and mozzarella cheeses, tomato-based sauce.
Apple Calvados cakes (8 count)
Applesauce (1 gallon)
Sliced cucumbers (12 cukes)
Here’s the pizza dough recipe i use. My favourite and i’ve tried a lot!
From Wall Street Journal a couple years back.
2 cups all purpose or bread flour
2 cups whole wheat flour
2 teaspoons honey
2 teaspoon sea or Real salt
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon active dry yeast
1 1/3 cups warm water
- Add flours, honey, yeast, and salt to the bowl of a food processor or electric mixer and process to combine (i just put it in the bowl of my Kitchenaid Artisan bowl and mix by hand briefly). Add water and 2 tablespoons olive oil and continue to process until dough forms a ball. If dough is sticky, add more flour, 1 tablespoon at a time. If dough is too dry, add water 1 tablespoon at a time.
- Scrape the dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead until you have a smooth elastic ball, about 5 minutes. I use my Kitchenaid Artisan mixer.
- Form dough into a smooth ball and place in a large bowl greased with olive oil ( spray the bowl with a Misto). Cover bowl with plastic wrap and set aside until dough doubles in size, about 1 hour. Cut risen dough in half. Knead each half briefly and then shape into a ball. Place the two balls on a lightly floured surface and cover loosely with a clean towl or plastic wrap. Let rest 1 hour at room temperature or in the refrigerator up to 24 hours. If refrigerated, let dough come to room temperature before continuing.
- Use a rolling pin to roll out and your hands to stretch each ball into a circle or whatever size your pizza pan. If dough becomes too elastic, place it in the refrigerator for about 10 minutes to relax before continuing. (i’ve never had to do that, sometimes it wants to fight, but aggressive rolling will tame it nicely and quickly).