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Flour Tortillas

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 Flour Tortillas

I have always loved homemade tortillas.  There are only a few Mexican restaurants here in Southern Oregon that serve homemade tortillas with their lunches and dinners.  And, their fresh homemade tortillas are usually the reason that I visit.  Tortillas are thin unleavened flat breads made from white, wheat or corn flour.  Depending on the type or size, tortillas are used to make tacos, burritos, enchiladas and many other Mexican and Latin American dishes.

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My favorite type of tortilla is made from flour and is small enough for tacos.  That is the type of tortilla that I will share with you today.  With few ingredients, one would think that they are super easy to make.  They are, but it takes a bit of practice to make a batch of perfectly round tortillas. Once you get the hang of it, it is likely that you would not want to purchase store bought again.  I sometimes use a tortilla press but a good rolling pin also works just fine.

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A tortilla press.  Tortilla presses can be made from wood, metal or plastic.  Don’t buy the plastic.  I broke my plastic tortilla press in half a couple of weeks ago.  If you are going to purchase one, look for one that is sturdy and can withstand a good amount of force.  My new tortilla press is made from cast aluminum.  I hope that I don’t eventually break this one too…

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I use a comal to cook my tortillas. A comal is a flat griddle used to cook tortillas and many other dishes.  It’s a bit over a foot in diameter and seems to be a versatile little pan.

My little flour tortillas are perfect for tacos, mini cheese quesadillas or simply warmed up with a little bit of fresh cream butter.  Makes 1 dozen flour tortillas.  Enjoy!  Tessa

Ingredients:

  •  2 cups white flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 Tbs lard
  • a big pinch or two of salt
  • 3/4 cup warm water

Place flour, baking powder, lard and salt in a food processor.  Pulse a couple of times to mix.  Add water and pulse again until the dough forms a ball.  Remove and knead on lightly floured surface until smooth and elastic.  Divide dough into 12 balls and cover with plastic wrap.  Let the dough sit for about 15 to 20 minutes.  Heat up a dry skillet or a comal to medium high heat.  Using a tortilla press or rolling pin on a lightly floured surface, roll a ball of dough into a 6 inch disk.  Place on the skillet and cook for just a few minutes on each side.  Remove and place cooked tortilla in a covered warmer.  Repeat with remaining dough.  Makes 12 tortillas.

Original recipe was lightly adapted from here.