Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Gluten-Free Tortillas...

There is no choice in the matter when it comes to my diet and gluten...
I just can't have it
not even one molecule of it
I cannot explain why the Lord saw fit to give me this gluten sickness...
but, He knows why and it is His right to do as He pleases...
whether it's to my liking, or not

however, He did not leave me completely bereft of some things I like to eat...
like tortillas
the Lord has given us more than just a few plants to give us different types of flours
and when I need one for a tortilla...
there are three gluten-free flours easy to find and work with


although I could just use the corn flour alone...
I prefer the texture the tapioca flour and brown rice flour give these gluten-free tortillas
the tapioca gives a more softer, chewier texture and keeps the dough from breaking up
the brown rice gives a hint of nutty flavoring

to make my tortillas, I use...
1/2 cup Maseca corn flour
1/2 cup tapioca/cassava flour
1/4 cup brown rice flour
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
3/4 cup water

mix the flours and salt together very well with a whisk
stir in the water slowly, mixing it into the flour well (I use my hands for this part)
the dough should be soft and pliable without being sticky
knead for about 2 minutes until the dough is smooth

let sit for about 5 minutes to rest...
turn on a skillet to heat up on low medium and brush some oil on it

pull apart pieces of dough the size of a ping pong ball
this should give you about 10 to 12 tortillas
roll each dough ball in your hand...
and roll out gently on some sprinkled gf flour on the counter

it doesn't get me all bent out of shape if the tortilla is not a perfect circle
as long as it holds my filling, that's what matters


use a large spatula to pick up the tortilla and gently place it in the hot skillet


brush a little oil on the top side and let it cook for about 2 minutes


turn over and brush again with a little oil and cook until each side has golden spots...
indicating it is done


you can make any kind of filling that you like
for me, curried onions, mushrooms and black olives make a good combination

I cook one sliced onion with a little oil and curry powder until the onions are soft


then, add the mushrooms and olives and meld them all together until hot


I like both tomato sauce and yogurt as my bases in the tortillas...
and put a little cheese (any kind will do) on top of the sauces


you could say that this dish is a cross between a soft taco and thin crust pizza
in fact, I have put it in the oven to bake for a few minutes...
which give the shells a bit of a crisp


but mostly, I just enjoy picking it up as a soft taco and eating it with thanksgiving...
that God has given me something good to enjoy as a celiac...
without the repercussions of grain gluten


But godliness with contentment is great gain.
For we brought nothing into this world,
and it is certain we can carry nothing out.
And having food and raiment,
let us be therewith content.
1Timothy 6:6-8

May your day or night find food in the grace of Jesus Christ.

7 comments :

  1. I am sure I would like these, I like all the ingredients.

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  2. I think God made you so you would seek and have better things.

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  3. Dear Jean, I make tortillas often,I think these are really a great make-over from the gluten problem. I have come to the conclusion so many problems from the GMO crisis. I prefer a corn base myself. It is amazing how many different kinds of grains that are available.
    I have so many friends that have the gluten sensitivity, But yours is quite severe. But God is giving you great wisdom to overcome. They say we are eating just too many grains, CARB overdose!
    Blessings to YOU and Happy Valentines Day!
    Roxy

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  4. I just shared this with my celiac brother. Thanks for sharing. Does your recipe take no lard nor crisco???...mine does in using regular flour.

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    1. Marilyn, this recipe does not need any lard or crisco. I have never tried it and don't know what kind of difference it would make. Thanks for coming by!

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  5. They look nice. Thanks for the recipe. Glad you have Jesus in your life. Love love, Andrew. Bye.

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