Homemade Flour Tortillas

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

I prefer to make things myself and I think this recipe will convince you to do the same! So much better than store bought. I usually get about 15 tortillas from this recipe but it all depends on what size you make them.

What you’ll need:

2 c flour
1 ½ tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
2 tsp vegetable oil
¾ c warm water

Combine the flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl. In another bowl combine the warm water and oil. Add the water/oil mixture to the flour mixture, one tablespoon at a time and mix the dough with a fork until it’s completely combined. Continue this process until all the water/oil mixture has been used. The dough will be sticky. Knead the dough on a lightly floured surface probably 15 -20 times. You want to knead the dough for about 5 minutes. If the dough gets too sticky to handle dust with additional flour. Place the kneaded dough back in the bowl and cover it with a damp towel. Let the dough rest for 20 minutes. Pinch the dough off into golf ball size pieces and roll them into balls. Place balls on a flat dish but don’t let them touch each other. Cover with the damp towel and let them rest for another 10 minutes. Heat a skillet over medium high heat. A cast iron skillet works best for these tortillas because they allow the heat to distribute evenly but they can be made in any skillet or on a griddle. On a lightly floured surface, roll each tortilla into about a 6” circle. I usually do this one tortilla at a time. Place in the pan and cook on the first side about 30 seconds. Flip it over and cook an additional 30 seconds. You do NOT need any oil or butter in your pan. Just the tortilla. You’ll notice brown spots when you flip it over. That’s perfect! You can keep the cooked tortillas in a 200 degree oven while you cook the rest if you want to keep them warm.

Cost:
flour - $2.12/5 pound bag
baking powder - $2.38
vegetable oil - $2.89
Total - $1.01

1 of my favorite chefs had this to say....:

Kitchen Flavours said...

Wow yummy recipes in budget.... Nice to discover your blog through foodie blogroll.....

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