Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Flour Tortillas

I've had a recipe for flour tortillas clipped since last June. I was waiting to use up the frozen store bought tortillas that were in my freezer. I finally used them up and made homemade tortillas this past week. As is usually the case, store bought tortillas don't even come close to the quality and deliciousness of homemade tortillas!

The tortillas are basically pitas, but without the yeast. These were super quick and easy to make. They do take some time because you have to roll them out and then put them on the griddle, take them off, and repeat, but it really couldn't be easier!

I am TERRIBLE at rolling out anything in to a circle. I just can't get it. So my tortillas are not exactly circular. Oh well, they still tasted good!

I have read that these freeze very well. I would wrap them in plastic wrap, separated by wax paper and then freeze for up to a month.

Flour Tortillas
3 cups all purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups water
5 Tablespoons olive oil

In a large bowl combine flour and salt. Stir in water and oil. Turn out on to a floured surface and kneed 5-6 times.

Divide dough in to 12 portions. On a lightly floured surface, roll each portion in to a 7 inch circle.

In a large skillet or on a a griddle (coated lightly with oil if needed), cook tortillas over medium heat for 1 minute on each side or until lightly browned. To keep warm and soft, remove tortillas to a plate and keep covered with a towel.

3 Thoughts From Others:

Chief Family Officer said...

I think there are tortilla makers that basically take a ball of dough and smash them into a circle. I'm thinking you might be able to do the same thing with two heavy duty flat surfaces (like skillet bottoms) and get the same result, i.e., circles. Although I think the non-perfectly circular ones look wonderfully homemade. :)

ErinOrtlund said...

Mine aren't very circular either--oh well! Interesting your recipe doesn't have baking powder. Do they puff up at all?

Camille said...

Actually, I've seen those tortilla makers at the Latin grocery stores, but I never thought about it! I'll have to check and see how much they are. Circles would be pretty!

Erin, I think if you put baking soda in, you'd have pitas (although I use yeast). They don't puff at all -- just flat!

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