Monday, January 12, 2009

Homemade Flour Tortillas

Making homemade tortillas sounds like a lot of work, but it's not. When you start making your own, you'll have trouble going back to store bought. This is a fun and easy recipe I got from I use oil instead of shortening and sometimes just make them with all-purpose flour. I also make 16 tortillas instead of 18 in the original recipe. I have mixed the dough by hand, but I usually use my bread machine to mix the dough (although don't overmix or you will end up with really tough dough). And I don't worry about whether the tortillas are perfectly round.

1 cup all-purpose flour
4 cups whole wheat flour
2 teaspoons salt
1/2 cup oil
1 1/2 cups boiling water
all-purpose flour for rolling

Combine flour and salt in a bowl. Slowly add boiling water and oil and stir until a dough forms. Split the dough into 16 balls, cover with a cloth or plastic wrap, then let rest for 1 to 8 hours.

Heat a griddle or large frying pan over high heat. On a lightly floured surface, roll out a tortilla to your preferred thickness. Fry one at a time. Place on the griddle for 10 seconds, as soon as you see a bubble on the top, flip the tortilla over. Let it cook for about 30 seconds, then flip and cook the other side for another 30 seconds. Roll out the next tortilla while you wait for that one to cook. Repeat until all of the balls have been cooked. Tortillas can be refrigerated or frozen.

[edited on 5/15/2011]
Below is a video I made over 2 years ago to go with this post. It's not perfect because I am doing it with my (then) two year old and videotaping at the same time. But this is the hardest it gets :-)

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