"White flour tortillas are the staple bread in many traditional New Mexico homes. My mother taught me to make them by showing me the measurements in her hands--a handful of this, a pinch of that. At El Rancho de las Golondrinas, a Spanish Colonial museum in Santa Fe, I was known as 'the tortilla lady' since I made many batches of this recipe for museum visitors to sample." -TM
4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons salt
6 tablespoons vegetable shortening
1 1/2 cups hot water
1 tablespoon nonfat dry milk
How to Make It
Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl. Cut in shortening with a pastry blender or 2 knives until mixture resembles coarse meal; make a well in center of mixture. Combine hot water and dry milk, and add to flour mixture. Stir until blended. Cover and let rest 20 minutes.
Divide dough into 18 equal portions, shaping each portion into a ball (cover remaining dough to prevent drying). Roll each ball into a 7-inch round. Heat a cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. Cook each round 1 minute on each side or until lightly browned.