Flour Tortillas

Jeanne Benavidez

By
@jeanneben

My Mother-in-law taught me to make these 30+ years ago. She didn't actually have a recipe but I watched her until I could guess at the quantities of each ingredient. I still make them by "looking" but here is the approximate amounts of ingredients to use. The are a little time-consuming but Oh so worth it. I found a picture on the internet that looks almost exactly like the ones I make. I'll take a picture of mine when I get a chance.


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Serves:

Makes @ 20 - 30 Tortillas

Prep:

45 Min

Cook:

1 Hr

Method:

Stove Top

Ingredients

7 c
all purpose flour
2 tsp
baking powder
1 Tbsp
salt
3 - 4 Tbsp
solid shortening (lard or crisco, etc.)
2 c
hot water (tap water not boiling water)

Directions Step-By-Step

1
In a large bowl, add the flour, baking powder, salt, and shortening. Combine well with fingers.
2
Knead well with your hands. Add in the water a little at a time until the dough comes together. It should not be wet but should not be flakey dry. Knead the dough for about 90 seconds, until elastic.
3
Cover dough with damp kitchen towel and let sit for @ 30 minutes. Knead the dough just a little, again. It should be smooth.
4
Form the dough into small balls (@2" diameter). Lay out on flat surface and cover with damp cloth.
5
Heat up your griddle or Comal to a very high heat.
6
Using a rolling pin, roll out the patties into tortillas, as thin and round as possible (this takes a lot of practice!). Roll one tortilla at a time…while one is cooking, you can be rolling out the next one. Keep the remaining dough balls under the damp cloth until you are ready to roll them.
7
Place tortilla on the hot griddle.
8
Cook the tortilla @ 30 seconds on each side, flipping twice. The tortilla should puff up. Press down with spatula.
9
Take tortilla off the griddle and place in a clean towel to keep warm.
10
Continue with the remaining dough.
11
I wrap the tortillas in the clean towel and then put them in an airtight container.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Flatbreads
Main Ingredient: Flour
Regional Style: Mexican
Hashtag: #Breads