Yes, you can buy flour tortillas for everyday convenience. However, by making these homemade, you create the same freshness as if you were making your own bread. So, if you’re feeling adventurous to making your own with no preservatives, you’ll really like this simple recipe.
4 cups of all-purpose flour
1 ½ teaspoons of kosher salt
1 ½ teaspoons of baking powder
4 tablespoons of shortening
1 ½ cups of warm water
Combine the flour, salt and baking powder into a large mixing bowl. Using a pastry blender or fork, blend in the shortening until it resembles the shape of small peas.
Make a well into the center of the bowl, and add the warm water a little at a time to form stiff dough.
Kneed the dough in the bowl with the palm of your hands until it is smooth in texture. Cover with a wet cloth and set aside for 10 minutes.
Take the dough out of the bowl and form into egg sized balls and flatten with the palm of your hand. With a rolling pin, roll each ball into a 6-inch circle, about 1/8 inch in thickness.
Preheat a large ungreased skillet over medium high heat. Add the two tortillas at a time. Cook about two minutes on each side until it looks slightly speckled.
Cover with a clean towel to keep warm until you’re ready to serve.
NOTE: With this recipe you could also add your own herbs and unsalted seasonings mixed with the flour. Also, you can freeze the tortillas in plastic bags in the freezer for later use.
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