Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Homemade Flour Tortillas

This is so easy you won't believe it, and they do taste better than grocery store flour tortillas; less gummy, more flavorful.  Hooray! 

Yield:  8 large or 16 medium tortillas

2 cups self-rising flour

2 tsp salt
3/4 cup water
3 tablespoons olive oil

Combine flour and salt in a bowl, then stir in water and oil.  Using your hands, form dough into a large ball and place onto a floured surface.  Knead dough for a few minutes, adding a little flour or water if needed to achieve a smooth dough.  Let rest for at least 15 minutes.

Divide dough into round portions.  For large tortillas, you would make 8 balls.  I decided to make smaller tortillas, so I made 16.  Roll each portion into a thin circle with a rolling pin.

To cook the tortillas, use a skillet or griddle set to medium high.  Use butter or cooking spray lightly to oil the pan before cooking each tortilla.  Cook for about 1 minute on each side or until lightly browned.  Serve while warm, or the tortillas can be reheated in the microwave. 

Tips:  These will keep in the fridge for at least a week, or indefinitely in the freezer (separate with parchment paper).  in order to achieve a round tortilla, lift and rotate the tortilla after every single roll with the rolling pin.  I like them thin, so I rolled them quite a bit, but you can also make them thicker for a more rustic feel.  Enjoy!

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