How does a stack of soft and warm homemade tortillas sound to you? Tempting and delicious right? Now with my recipe for Easy Homemade Flour Tortilla Recipe you can tuck into this deliciousness in under an hour. Tender, soft and quick and so simple to make you will never go back to storebought. EVER!
Oh how I love Mexican food…the wonderful taste, the colour, the vibrance, it is truly amazing. And then you have the delicious tortillas to mop up or wrap up the deliciousness. I absolutely love it.
You know I have never been to Mexico, but my dad had been on vacation there a few months ago. When he got back home we looked at all the pictures and videos he had taken of the beautiful city. We listened in awe at the wonderful people he met, and the great time and food he experienced there and loved the beautiful treasures he had brought home as gifts. This is such a mystical and beautiful destination and although I have not been to Mexico, I can still bring the vibrant and delicious cuisine into my kitchen.
Starting with Easy Homemade Flour Tortilla, this is one of my favourite flatbread. These serve perfectly as a wrap, because it is so soft and pliable. And so many other ways you can use these tortillas as pizza bases, gyros, the possibilities are endless.
These are super easy to make, requiring just 5 staple ingredients flour, baking powder, salt, hot water and vegetable shortening or oil , I actually prefer the shortening as I find that it gives the tortillas a better texture.
Tortillas are usually and traditionally made with lard, but great substitutes are vegetable shortening, butter or oil. To make the tortilla just sift flour with baking powder and salt. Add vegetable shortening or butter. Using your fingertips, rub the butter or shortening into the flour to create a coarse breadcrumb like texture. . If you prefer using oil instead of butter or shortening, then add vegetable oil with the hot water to the flour. Mix the dough with a fork, just to bring it together, then knead it for about a minute to form a soft dough.
Preferably, you should leave the dough to rest for half an hour. This helps the flour to absorb all the water and it helps the gluten to relax. When the gluten is relaxed, it makes it easier to roll out the tortillas otherwise if it not left to rest, you will find that the dough keeps shrinking in or springing back as you roll it. So give it that half an hour, it does make quite a difference.
After 30 minutes roll out the tortillas, spray a pan with non stick cooking spray and cook the tortillas on the pan for 15 to 20 seconds on each side. Turn with a spatula when you see bubbles forming. Remove from the heat and cover with a clean cloth as you cook the rest of the tortillas. This keeps the tortillas soft.
This is a great recipe if you have never tried making tortillas before because it is so easy and I am sure that you will love it too. Just make sure that the heat is set to medium low before cooking the tortillas and do not overcook….just 15 to 20 seconds is perfect. You will get the hang of it and understand the heat of your stove as you cook it.
Oh and before I forget, please come visit again on Thursday, I have an awesome filling recipe for these tortillas to share with you and I really don’t want you to miss it.
Have a great week and see you on Thursday !
- 2 ½ cups All Purpose Flour / cake flour plus extra to form tortillas.
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- 65 g vegetable shortening or 1/3 cup oil (Note 1 )
- 1 cup hot water
Sift the cake or all purpose flour
Add salt and baking powder.
Using your fingertips, rub the butter or shortening into the flour.
If you prefer using oil instead of butter or shortening, then add the oil with the 1 cup of hot water to the flour. Make sure that you add the water slowly
Mix the dough with a fork, just to bring it together, then knead it for about a minute to form a soft dough.
Preferably, you should leave the dough to rest for half an hour. This helps the flour to absorb all the water and it helps the gluten to relax. When the gluten is relaxed, it makes it easier to roll out tinner tortillas.
After 30 minutes roll out the tortillas, spray a pan with non stick cooking spray and cook the tortillas on the pan for 15 -20 seconds on each side. Turn with a spatula when you see bubbles forming.
Cover with a clean cloth as you cook the rest of the tortillas. This keeps the tortillas soft.
1. Vegetable shortening is known by different names in different countries example Crisco in USA, Copha in Australia, Holsum or Wooden Spoon in South Africa and Cookeen in the United Kingdom. Vegetable shortening is solid at room temperature and usually white in color.