Saturday, January 22, 2011

Flour Tortillas

No reason to buy tortillas when you can make them fresh. Nothing tastes better than fresh tortillas hot off the grill. I also like to eat them with eggs for breakfast.

This recipe is easy and if you make a big batch, you can freeze them.

Thaw at room temperature and wrap them in foil. Place them in a 250 degree oven for about 10-15 minutes. Don’t think about using the microwave as they will be tough.

You can take shortcuts by buying a tortilla press which eliminates a lot of the work.

Bon Appetit!

Homemade Flour Tortillas

2 cups of white flour

1 1/2 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. salt

2 tsp. vegetable oil

3/4 cup 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. Once the water is mixed in, add another tablespoon of water and repeat the process until all the water is mixed into the dough. The dough will be sticky.

Lightly flour a wooden cutting board and knead the dough for 5 minutes. Place the dough back into the bowl and cover it with a damp towel. Let the dough rest for 20 minutes.

Divide the dough into golf-ball-size balls by pinching off the dough with your thumb and fore finger. Form each ball into a nice ball shape.

Place on a flat dish making sure they don't touch each other and cover with the damp cloth. Let the dough rest for 10 minutes.

Preheat a cast iron pan on medium high heat.

Take one of the balls of dough and flatten it out on the cutting board to a 4 inch circle. Rub flour on your rolling pin and roll out the dough. Roll the tortilla until it is 6 or 7 inches in diameter and about 1/8 inch thick or take the easy route and use a tortilla press.

Place it on a preheated skillet and cook for about 30 seconds. Flip it over and cook an additional 30 seconds.