As you can imagine, living away from home there are many American food items that we miss. I've been able to find a lot of them imported, or substitute suitable locally made products. I've found little indian cheese crackers my kids like just as much as Goldfish, and Kellogg's markets Indian-made cereal that isn't overly expensive (though by no means a good deal). However, there are many things I haven't been able to find – and many of the imported American items I'm just not willing to pay for. ($7 for a box of PopTarts. Seriously?) What's a Mommysaver to do? Make my own, of course!
As I learn how to make store-bought products from scratch, I'll share my experiences with you. First up: Homemade tortillas.
We've been in our apartment 9 days and I've made tortillas 4 times. This isn't a new recipe; I learned how to make tortillas from a cousin years ago. But it used to be an occasional treat, not a necessity. My family still can't stomach a lot of the food here, so these homemade tortillas have been perfect for us. With butter, peanut butter, refried beans, cheese, or just plain, these have seen us through the past couple weeks of upset tummies. And they're quick enough to make up a batch just for dinner! Here is the recipe and instructions for about 12 tortillas. In the pictures, I halved the recipe and got seven tortillas out of it.
4 cups flour (I use whole wheat for about 1/3)
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 tablespoons oil or butter
1 1/2 cups hot water
Mix dry ingredients. Cut oil or butter into flour mixture. Add water. Stir with a fork until it resembles moist crumbs. You may need to add more water, but don't get it too wet. Kneading in the next step will incorporate all the dry crumbs, and you don't want your dough to be too sticky.