Monday, June 14, 2010

Another use for the pasta machine

Sometimes the kids like wraps better than sandwiches and it's a nice change for us too. This is one bread product that tends not to be laced with soy flour so I could go out and buy them. However, it stabs me in my cheap little heart when they take one bite, move on to their fruit and I have to deal with the leftovers after it's sat in their lunchboxes all day.

So, I started making my own. They turn out great, use very few ingredients and no rising time. But I'm not good at rolling the dough. I've seen Mexican women on tv rolling one while fying one, but I'm not quick enough to do that. They only fry for 1 minute. I thought I'd try the pasta machine and it does the job just great. You can't make a circle, but who said a wrap had to be a circle? We're used to irregular foods in this house.

So, roll them if you don't have a fancy schmancy pasta machine like I do. They don't take long at all and they taste good enough to eat with just melted butter on them when warm.

Whole Wheat Tortillas

2 cups whole wheat flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
2 tsp vegetable oil
2/3 cup warm milk

Mix the wet ingredients first and then slowly add the dry until you're happy with the texture. Knead it for a few minutes, mostly to work in a bit more flour. The dough should be fairly dry and elastic-y.

Cut into 8 small balls of equal size. Roll them out as thinly as possible, or cheat and use the pasta roller (we went to setting 5 on ours).

In a dry skillet, fry each side for about 30 seconds. It should puff
up just a little.

Done. It should stay pliable in a plastic bag. I doubled the recipe or we would have finished them off as snacks yesterday and still been without lunch wraps for school today.


Bonita said...

Impressive!! I have a friend who has a shiny pasta maker and has only used it once to roll out clay, a few years ago with me! (Which turned into a huge disastrous mess... but it was the beginning of a beautiful friendship though!) So maybe I can borrow hers and give this a whirl... sounds like fun!

Evelyn in Canada said...

Hmmm, since writing this post I've become better at rolling and now I'm getting quick, round, large tortillas so I've given up on the pasta machine. But still try it if rolling sounds like too much work.