When I was writing up our menu plan for the week last Sunday, I realized we were out of flour tortillas. My mom recently told me they were easy to make. So, I decided to give it a try! It does take a bit of work to roll out the dough, but the final result was worth it!
Recipe: Homemade Flour Tortillas
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1/2 cup hot water
- In a large mixing bowl, combine together flour, salt and baking powder. Cut in butter until mixture is course and crumbly.
- Add the hot water and mix until the dough can be gathered together. The recipe works better if the water is very hot.
- Knead dough about 30 times until you can gather it into a ball.
- Cover the dough with a damp cloth and let rest for 15 minutes.
- Divide the dough into 12 equal pieces and roll into a circle. On a lightly floured surface, use a rolling pin to flatten and stretch each piece into a circle 7 inches across.
- Cook on an ungreased skillet over medium high heat for 10-15 seconds per side. Brown spots start to appear when done. Do not overcook or they will be too crispy!
- Lard can be used instead of butter. In fact most recipes call for lard or shortening. I didn’t have either and butter worked just fine.
- Store the tortillas in a plastic zipper bag to keep them soft. They will keep for a couple of days.
- If you want larger tortillas, double the recipe and roll to 12″ circles.
- It does take practice rolling out the dough to get it thin enough.
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