Haiti is a different world from where we live. Heather often refers to it as a different planet. Things that are givens here are hard and complicated there. Everyday I think about this family that I love. I pray for them several times a day. And usually, I wish that I could bring a pot of soup over to them. Or maybe some muffins. Well, I can't. So the next best thing I can do is offer a recipe or two.
For those of you non-Texans reading this, you need to know that we love our tortillas. We have shelves full of different types of tortillas in our grocery stores. When we were in Maryland this summer I walked around Whole Foods in bewilderment. There was not one tortilla to be found! Well, in Haiti it's the same (ok- Haiti is nothing like Maryland). No tortillas. In an effort to make this new place feel a little more like home, here is my tortilla recipe.
I am not taking credit here, this is just how you make a tortilla! I simply substitute out the white flour typically used for freshly ground, whole wheat. And the lard for butter.
|This is the rolling pin my daddy made me for my thirtieth birthday. I treasure it.|
2 C whole wheat flour
1 tsp salt
1/4 C soft butter (Heather- if you don't have access to butter use your coconut oil)
1/2 C warm water
(this only makes 4-6 tortillas. Heather- if I were you I'd at least quadruple the recipe)
Mix together the flour and salt
Cut in the butter
Slowly add the water (you may need more or less, just adjust as you go)
In the meantime begin heating up (medium high to high heat) your biggest pan on the stove top- dry- no oil...I always use my cast iron
Knead together in a large ball
Pinch off sections into little balls
Roll each little ball out into the thinnest tortilla you can make (Moonpie usually does this step for me-she rocks the rolling pin!)
Toss the tortilla on the pan
It will begin to bubble
Flip that bad boy over with some tongs (or fork)
Remove onto a plate
That's it! They are very easy to make and seriously, they are delicious! I like to make a big batch for the whole week.