Saturday, July 24, 2010

Homemade Tortillas

The thing about the summer is I have a little too much time on my hands. And, so I think things like, "I should make homemade tortillas!"

It turns out, this was a time-consuming, but delicious idea.

I used this recipe, because it was one of the few I found that didn't use lard.

(Instead, it replaces it with butter. And I love butter).

Recipe adapted from The Big Book of Bread by Anne Sheasby

Courtesy of Imagelicious

For 12 tortillas

All-purpose flour - 1 1/2 cups (plus a lot more for rolling)

Salt - 1 teaspoon

Baking powder - 1 teaspoon

Butter, room temperature - 3 tablespoons

Warm water - 2/3 cups

- Combine the flour, salt, and baking powder in a large bowl.
- Lightly rub in the butter.
- Make a well in the center, then add enough water, mixing to form a soft dough.
- Knead the dough lightly for 1-2 minutes, then cover and let rest for 10 minutes.
- Divide the dough into 12 equal portions.
- Roll out each portion on a heavily floured surface to form a very thin round.
- Brush out the excess of flour from the tortilla.
- Heat a large non-stick pan until very hot, then add a tortilla and cook for 1.5-2 minutes or until the surface starts to bubble and the underside is speckled brown.
- Turn the tortilla over and brown the other side for about 30 seconds.
- While the tortilla is cooking, roll out another round and repeat.
- You might need to brush away some burned flour from the pan in between cooking the tortillas.
- To re-heat, wrap them in foil and place in a preheated oven at 180C (350F) for about 5 minutes.


  1. That's ambitious! Homemade tortillas?! I'd have made some homemade margaritas and called it a day ;) They look really delicious though, and way better than what you can buy at the supermarket.

  2. Karen, I like the way you think....