Making Flour Tortillas from Scratch
Tired of bland, store-bought tortillas that lack the freshness and flavor you crave? Embark on a journey to culinary satisfaction with homemade flour tortillas.
As a passionate home cook, I discovered that crafting these delicate disks of deliciousness not only elevates the taste of my meals but also provides a sense of accomplishment and connection to tradition.
Join me in this culinary adventure as we bid farewell to mediocre tortillas and embrace the art of homemade goodness.
Recipe: Homemade Flour Tortillas
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- 3/4 cup warm water
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the all-purpose flour, salt, and baking powder. Mix well to ensure the ingredients are evenly distributed.
- Create a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour in the vegetable oil and warm water.
- Using a wooden spoon or your hands, gradually incorporate the wet ingredients into the dry until a dough forms.
- Once the dough comes together, transfer it to a lightly floured surface and knead for about 3-5 minutes, or until it becomes smooth and elastic.
- Divide the dough into 8 equal portions and shape each into a ball. Cover the dough balls with a clean kitchen towel and let them rest for 15-20 minutes.
- After resting, one at a time, roll out each dough ball into a thin, round tortilla, about 6-8 inches in diameter.
- Heat a skillet or griddle over medium-high heat. Once hot, carefully place a tortilla onto the skillet and cook for about 30-60 seconds on each side, or until lightly golden brown spots start to appear.
- As each tortilla cooks, transfer it to a plate and cover with a clean kitchen towel to keep warm and soft.
- Repeat the rolling and cooking process with the remaining dough balls until all tortillas are cooked.
Hints and Tips:
- Use warm water to help activate the yeast in the dough and ensure proper texture.
- Don’t skip the resting time for the dough. Allowing it to rest helps relax the gluten, making it easier to roll out the tortillas.
- Adjust the thickness of the tortillas based on your preference. Thinner tortillas will be crispier, while thicker ones will be softer.
- Keep cooked tortillas warm by stacking them on a plate and covering them with a towel or placing them in a tortilla warmer until ready to serve.
- Experiment with different types of flour, such as whole wheat or corn flour, to customize the flavor and texture of your tortillas.
Say goodbye to store-bought tortillas and embrace the joy of making your own with this simple and delicious recipe. Enjoy the satisfaction of knowing exactly what goes into your food while savoring the authentic taste of homemade flour tortillas.