Wednesday, October 3, 2012

How to Make Homemade Tortillas

WARNING!! Once you make these... store-bought tortillas will just not cut it... maybe in a crunch... but no, seriously, they can never live up to HOMEMADE FLOUR TORTILLAS... YUMMY!!!!

If you have a stand mixer, these are easier than you might think. If you don't, these are still easier than you might think! Here is a wonderful tutorial (for those of you who don't own stand mixers), where I learned to make tortillas! And I made them before ever owning a stand mixer!

 First, get out your ingredients:

I always double the recipe in the above video. In the video he makes enough dough for 8 tortillas, but my family ALWAYS needs twice that many. :)

To make 16 flour tortillas (about 6-7" each), I used:

3 1/2 cups flour (All Purpose is fine, but I subbed in about 3/4 cup whole wheat flour this time)
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup shortening (you can use oil, butter, or coconut oil if you prefer but I'm not sure if the amounts would differ -- I have only ever used shortening. My mom uses olive oil!)
1 cup HOT water

Put everything in the bowl of your stand mixer with the dough hook (or use a pastry cutter to mix it by hand), and let it go on medium speed for 3 minutes (or knead for 3 minutes by hand).
Then, let the dough rest for 15 minutes...
Next, take the dough and pinch it in half. Then pinch each half into half. So on and so forth, until you have 16 little round dough balls.
While you are rolling your dough balls, preheat your cast-iron or non-stick skillet to medium high heat. Begin rolling each ball to about 6 or 7 inches in diameter.
 Place each tortilla, one at a time, on your skillet. I had two skillets going so I could get the tortillas finished that much faster. :)
Cook the tortillas (no oil or spray required) for 1 minute on the first side, until you start to see it puff up like this:
Then flip it on the other side and cook another minute. Basically, when the tortilla is ready it will look like this:
When both sides are done, wrap the tortilla in a warm towel on a plate. Keep adding more tortillas to the warm towel as they get done. You can warm them back up in the microwave when it's time to eat. :)
 These go beautifully with Spanish, Mexican, Indian, Thai or any other ethic cuisine you can think of! My family devours these!! SO MUCH BETTER (and cheaper!) then store bought! :)

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