Ok, so these are NOT low-fat or whole wheat. Anyone out there that has a recipe that is both/either of these, PLEASE post it! Or, if you want to indulge...
Tortillas (makes 18)
4 c all purpose flour
1-1/4 tsp salt
6 TB vegetable shortening (or soft margarine) - see what I mean?
1 1/4 - 2 c BOILING water
1. Stir flour and salt together.
2. Add shortening or margarine and mix together. Start with a fork, but ultimately, use your hands. Mix until it is like course meal.
3. Add boiling water (1 1/4-1 1/2) so the dough will hold together (if it is crumbly, you need more water). Initially mix it in with a spoon (to avoid burning hands), but use your hands at the end to more or less "knead" it together.
4. Work the dough until smooth, form into a ball, cover with plastic and let it rest for 30 min.
5. Set skillet over medium heat
6. Cut dough into 6 wedges and then cut each wedge into three pieces for a total of 18 pieces of dough. Roll each piece into a thin circle (about 6-8 inches in diameter).
7. When skillet is hot but not smoking, cook the tortilla until it is lightly browned/puffed (20-30 sec). Flip and repeat. Allow to cool.
Store in airtight bag in the refrigerator. Otherwise they get kinda crispy (unless you like this in a tortilla).
Thanks to Rebecca (another teacher here in Japan) for this recipe! This is so much cheaper than the 550 yen I was paying for a pack of 10 tortillas!