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Makes 8 to 12 tortillas. These freeze well.


4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
4 tbsps shortening
1 1/2 cup warm water


Combine dry ingredients, then cut shortening into dry ingredients with a pastry blender or electric mixer.

Add warm water a few drops at a time and work dough with hands until manageable.

Knead dough 15 to 20 times and then allow it to stand for 10 minutes.

Form dough into balls the size of an egg; then roll them out until they are 6 inches in diameter.

Place each on electric skillet or griddle set at 420 to 450 degrees, and cook for about 2 minutes on one side. Turn to the other side and cook about 1 minute longer or until done.

Serve as a bread with any menu.