A friend of mine brought over some homemade tortillas that she made for lunch one day. My family absolutely loved them and asked for me to learn to make them. “No way”, was my response because I thought they would be to hard, time-consuming or wouldn’t turn out. I also thought there was no way you could make them with out a tortilla press. I am sure one would make it easier in the long run but this recipe is easy to do without any special equipment.
It took awhile before I actually sought out how to make them and I am so sorry that it took me so long. She told me they were easy but of course I thought she was just saying that. I would love to share this easy recipe with you that will make you wonder why you hadn’t tried homemade before.
Homemade Tortilla Recipe
- 4 cups Flour ( I used Spelt but you can use any flour or a combination of any)
- 1 stick Butter (softened, NOT melted. If you keep your butter in the freezer like I do you can easily thaw it in the microwave for just a couple of seconds. Not to long or you will have melted spots)
- 1 1/2 tsp. Salt
- 2 cups Boiling water
- 1/2 tsp Baking Soda
- Rolling pin or hand roller.
- You combine the flour, softened butter and salt. You mix this together like you would a pie crust dough. I just use a fork and cut the butter into the flour and salt till it looks like course crumbs (see pictures).
- Boil your water. Once boiled remove from heat and you add the Baking soda to the water ( it kind of reacts like vinegar and baking soda, don’t be alarmed this is normal). Then pour the water in the flour and mix well until soft dough ball forms. Sprinkle with extra flour as needed to create a dough that is not sticky.
- Pinch from dough a ball about the size of a golf ball. Place on a floured surface.
Flatten with rolling-pin into a circle (the double-sided pampered chef roller does wonders I hear, but I don’t have one so a regular roller is fine). Mine doesn’t come out perfectly circular but you can trace a plate with a knife to make it more even if you want to put the extra time in. I just make mine close 🙂
- Brown until puffs on a Hot griddle or frying pan ( I use an Iron skillet and have never had to add grease). Flip and brown a few more seconds. Each one literally take only a minute or two.
- ENJOY! I have made these so many ways. They are great just plain. Or you can use them instead of bread for sandwiches, wraps or pretty much anything. I have fried these with cinnamon sugar for desserts or cooked them a little longer and made tortilla chips out of them. Making them like tortilla chips are my favorite. Tell me how you would eat them!? Any questions, just leave a comment and I will get back to you.