This past Spring, my Middle Sprout went on a church-sponsored Mission/Building trip to Honduras.
She returned with a suntan, callouses from hard work, wonderful stories, pictures, and a craving for the local street-food called Baleadas.
|Olivia (middle) with friends, in Honduras. 2012|
So of course we decided to try making our own.
SUPER easy, delicious, cheap and filling.
It was easy to work with, and produced tortillas most like what Olivia had in Honduras.
- 2 cups white flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- pinch of salt
- 1/2 to 3/4 cup very cold water
- 2 Tbsp shortening (Crisco is vegan and works the best here but you can also use Earth Balance or other vegan margarine)
- 1 Tbsp soft coconut oil (ALL coconut oil doesn't work well in this recipe - but a little bit really makes a huge difference in texture - it's texture/molecules/something too scientific for me - is more like lard, the original fat used in these tortillas)So. Anyway.
Mix together the flour, baking powder and salt in a large bowl.
Work in the shortening (or margarine) and coconut oil with a pastry blender or fork until the fat is all worked in and the flour is crumbly.
Stir in 1/2 cup of the water to form a dough.
Add more liquid or flour as needed to form a smooth dough that isn't too sticky. Remove the dough to a floured work surface and knead until smooth.
Cover with a clean dish towel and set aside to rest for at least 30 minutes.
Heat a griddle or lightly greased skillet over medium flame (or a comal if you have one, I know everyone does, right?).
Cut the dough into 8 equal portions and roll each portion into a ball.
Roll each ball out into roughly an 8-inch round, about 1/8-inch thick.
(At least that's what all the recipes say to do - but ours are NEVER 8-inches round, and usually a bit thicker - but always good!)
Place a dough round onto the hot pan and cook for about 1 minute on each side, or until the tortilla has browned spots and is lightly puffed.
Remove from pan, set aside, wrapped in a hot, damp towel, and repeat with the remaining dough rounds. Your kitchen may get a bit smoky!
- Mashed or refried beans,
- Scrambled tofu of your choice,
- A drizzle of hot sauce,
- A bit of vegan Parmesan or some salted, roasted sunflower seeds whizzed with nutritional yeast if you want the "salty-cheesy" component
Fold over, and enjoy!