Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Cooking in Enrichment Class--Homemade Tortillas!

Second graders have been spending time in enrichment class exploring their interests. Several students in Ms. Darling's class expressed interest in cooking something from a different culture.  Since students have been spending time in their classroom learning about Mexico, we thought cooking homemade tortillas might be a great connection.

We watched a video on you tube about making authentic tortillas, and then we made our own!  Students worked in groups (each recipe below made enough dough for four-five tortillas) to make their dough.  Next each student made their own tortilla and with Mrs. Redman's help cooked their tortilla!  Next groups made a few toppings to add (shredded cheese, avocados, tomatoes, and lettuce) and they each got to eat their creation! 

This learning experience would not have been possible without the great help of our Farm to School coordinator, Mrs Redman, and the flexibility of Ms. Darling in giving us a bit of extra time to eat our tasty snack! We also have Mr. Rankin (my husband) to thank for the tortilla press which we all had fun trying out!

Many students asked for the recipe, so here it is!

Homemade Flour Tortillas
  • 1 ½ cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup warm water

1.     Mix dry ingredients together in a large bowl
2.  Mix wet ingredients into large bowl
3.  Mix until dough forms (we had to add a bit of extra water)
4.  Each person create your own dough ball by rolling in your hands (if the dough is too wet sprinkle flour on)
5.  Use a rolling pin or the tortilla press to change your dough ball into a tortilla
6.  Place your ready tortilla on a paper plate—it is ready to cook!

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