And I thought tortillas just came out of a plastic pouch sold at the supermarket. Not so:) This is another example of how south-of-the-border culinary trends have swept into Plain communities. This isn't surprising since the Mennonites have a large presence in Mexico and the Beachy and New Order Amish do missionary work in Central America. Plus there is a growing Hispanic population in rural America which spreads culinary influence through little grocery stores and gatherings.
So, what does an Old Order German Baptist woman (and I'm sure plenty of Amish cooks would do the same) do in a pinch when she's out of bread and doesn't have the time to make some homemade loaves?
"When we are out of bread, we make tortillas," Betty Garber said with a laugh.
Betty was generous enough to share her homemade recipe for easy homemade flour tortillas with us at Amish365.com (Plus members will get more recipes next week). I guess there are only so many ways you can make a tortilla, but here is a basic, homemade recipe for them.
- 2 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 4 tablespoons shortening
- 1 /2 cup water or more if needed
- Cut shortening into flour and salt, then add water until the dough holds together.
- Make small balls and roll out thin.
- Fry on hot griddle, just lightly.
- Place on plate and cover with a towel.