3/12/10

24 Homestyle Flour Tortillas!

I have been wanting to learn how to make these since....forever.  I asked a couple of good friends for an authentic recipe and some of them admitted that they buy Costco's Tortillaland fresh tortillas and bake them at home.  I bought a package and my family begged for more ~  It was time to learn how to make them.




The ingredients are amazingly simple:  flour, salt, baking powder, canola oil and water.  You can use shortening, but I prefer baking with canola oil.






Here's my newest favorite gadget.  A 2 c. glass measure with a rubber ring on the bottom.  Won't scoot or tip.  You can read the level markers from inside...cool, huh?






The dough came together very easily enough to mix by hand.  It is only kneaded for 3 minutes and I was a little worried that it wasn't smooth...


Do  NOT over mix...it will develop too much gluten and too "springy" to roll out.


Not to worry, after a 15-20 minute REST, the dough was very smooth and pliable.  I measured each portion to 1 1/2 ounces.

I just love my scale!





Each lump of dough is flattened in my palm...








and the edges are brought to the middle...








and pinched together.








Then the ball is smoothed over by placing it on the counter, holding it loosely.  I rotate clock-wise (for lefties) and counter clock-wise (for right handed people).






Then place each formed ball into a bowl and covered.








With no additional resting time, I take a single ball of dough and roll it out on my clean, naked counter.  No oil or flour is necessary.

A wooden rolling pin works very well.  My marble rolling pin, not so well.




Not quite a perfect circle, but it is rolled out thin enough that I can see through it.







This, ahem, circle is approximately 7 1/2" in diameter.








It is placed on a medium-high heated non-stick skillet.

In about 20 seconds, you will see bubbles forming.


Bubbles in bread are good...



I flip it over with a spatula and press it down in several places to make sure it cooks thoroughly.







It will only take 20 seconds to cook.

Any more will make it too crispy to roll up.






See the measurement?  It is now 6 1/2" inches.


They shrink when you cook 'em.


That's just the way it is.


I stack them on a clean towel, cover them and it keeps them nice and warm...







See how nice and soft they are?

Quick, before they disappear!




A special thanks to Blanca Diaz for the recipe and video.


Homestyle Flour Tortillas
(4x6 printable recipe)     (full page recipe)









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