Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Flour Tortillias

A few days ago I was blog browsing and ran across a recipe for homemade flour tortillas. I was mesmerized as Ellie from Home Cooking in Montana took 5 ingredients and turned them into beautiful flour tortillas.

Hooray, the Witch thinks, something new to make! Trying to find flour tortillas with out hydrogenated oils is hard. Oh sure the package MIGHT say 0 grams trans fat per serving but did you know that according to the FDA if there is >.5 g of trans fat they (food manufacturers) can claim that it has 0 grams? That means is that your 'trans fat free' tortilla can have up to .5 grams of trans fat in it. Am I the only one who sees a problem with this? Read your labels everyone. If you see the following words PARTIALLY HYDROGENATED OR HYDROGENATED OIL, put it down and walk away. The health risks of trans fats aren't worth it, in this Witches' opinion.

I decided to pair my flour tortillas with chicken fajitas and spicy black beans. Click on the links if you'd like the recipes. I highly recommend them, and the tortillas as well. They have a very soft and slightly chewy texture, something I really liked. They reminded me of fresh tortillas from a good Mexican restaurant, something you know wasn't sitting in a plastic bag for a week before it hit your plate.

Honestly, the hardest thing about these tortillas was rolling them out, but anytime you have to roll something out its hard. To me at least. I wasn't able to get them round but that's OK, it adds to the rustic homemade effect.

Flour Tortillas
makes 8-9 tortillas
2 cups of all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder (I use non aluminium type)
1 teaspoon of salt
2 teaspoons of vegetable oil
3/4 cups of warm milk

In the work bowl of a food processor add the dry ingredients. Pulse to combine. Slowly drizzle in the milk and oil. You want this to form a dough ball, I had to add about 2 T additional milk as mine was too dry with 3/4 c.

Run machine 2 minutes longer to knead dough. Once its kneaded put the dough ball into a bowl, cover with plastic wrap and allow to rest for 20-30 minutes.

Divide dough into 8-9 balls (about 2 oz ea)

Roll each ball out until its very thin, less than 1/8 inch thick. Stack rolled tortillas with plastic or parchment between layers.

Heat a cast iron (or other heavy bottomed skillet) pan or griddle over medium high heat. Once hot add the tortilla. Cook about 1 minute on 1st side. It will bubble up with air blisters. Press the tortilla down to make as much contact with the pan as possible. Once browned, flip and cook on 2nd side.

Once 2nd side is browned remove tortilla. Continue cooking remaining tortillas.

Nutrition Facts provided by SparkPeople recipe calculator
9 Servings
Amount Per Serving
Calories 125.4
Total Fat 2.2 g
Saturated Fat 0.4 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.6 g
Monounsaturated Fat 1.1 g
Cholesterol 1.6 mg
Sodium 348.5 mg
Potassium 29.9 mg
Total Carbohydrate 22.4 g
Dietary Fiber 0.8 g
Sugars 1.0 g
Protein 3.5 g


All Our Fingers in the Pie said...

Andrea! We are twins! I made flour tortillas today, too. They look just like yours! Mine had almost a cup of lard! I am making enchiladas tomorrow night so hope they are good.

Jess said...

I love tortillas and eat them so frequently, I'll have to give these a try. I should definitely invest in a rolling pin :)

Jenn said...

Wow.. had I known they were that simple, I would have tried making them a long time ago! Ok, so I tend to not want to make anything that I have to actually roll out because we have no counter space at all, but I may have to put that aside and try it! They look great!

Michelle said...

I love flour tortillas and have made them quite a few times. I've never made them with my beloved butter or coconut oil though. I wonder how they'd do. Must try...

Anusce@Ciao-Chow said...

Sounds Yummy.
Wonder if you could substitute the white flour with whole wheat...

Scuttleboose said...

These look delicious! I have been craving Latino food like an addict this week, and this might just be the cure! :)

Siri said...

I am in awe of you.

Julia said...

AMAZING! I am super impressed with your tortilla making ability. Because I too hate phos, I will for sure be trying these!

Design Wine and Dine said...

How Great that you make your own tortillas!! They are making my mouth water - also with Cinco de Mayo approaching a wonderful recipe idea that ispires!!!! Also love your nutritional content, awesome!!!!

Tonya said...

I have been wanting to try and make flour tortillas a long time. Thank so much for the recipe and step by step. So much easier than I thought they'd be!

StephenC said...

Thanks for checking out the blog, Andrea. I mentioned a couple of times a specialty market here in Denver called Marzyck's for which I had a gift card. They found the fiddleheads for me - at $19.95 lb!

I too have made some homemade tortillas - from masa flour. Need to do so again soon.

Baking Addict said...

These look amazing. I have been craving Mexican food for a while now... might have to make it a homemade version with your recipes! Thanks.

Ellie said...

Wow, Andrea! How wonderful...They look wonderful and the way they those bubbles:) I am so glad you tried them and even better that you liked them:) Yay!!

I really appreciate your comments. Thank you for stopping by and making my day. You have a wonderful and neat blog....some awesome recipes Love it! Have a great day! ~Ellie

p.s. Gotta come back to check some of your recipes:)

Kat said...

These look terrific Andrea. Thanks so much for posting.

Tia said...

this is awesome!

Candice Courtney said...

Your blog is AWESOME!!! :) Wow!!

Shelly said...

Andrea, these look awesome! I'm from TX and just can't get a good tortilla up here in the northern tundra. I'm totally making these for Cinco.

tasteofbeirut said...


Thanks for the detailed explanations on making these; I have always had it in my mind to make them and I am gonna try!

Mary Ellen said...

So I tried this one too today! Two of your recipies in one day! I'm glad I found the Kitchen Witch! Thanks a ton!!!

Andrea said...

Mary Ellen, I'm so glad you did too :) And I'm glad that the tortillas were a success. Thank YOU for supporting my blog, it means a lot to me :)

Raina said...

Wow! Homemade tortillas. I can't believe I missed this post. Been busy this week. Thanks for sharing. I will definitely try these.

Sook said...

I will have to give this recipe a try! I love homemade tortillas! Yum!

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