Dedication - The Perfect Flour Tortilla
After fifteen years of making tortillas, I have finally nailed down the perfect recipe for us. My mother-in-law taught me when I married into the family but because she had been doing it for years and years, she never needed to measure anything. Handfuls of this, partial handfuls of that was how she showed me. Today I'm sharing her recipe, tweaked with what I feel would be her measurements.
My mother-in-law passed away three years ago, so every single recipe I have from her is valuable to me. She made the best tortillas I have ever had. I'll never be able to make them like she did and that's okay because I wouldn't ever want to. I love remembering how good hers were with butter and how half the pile would be gone before she ever finished. She loved feeding her family and her perfect tortillas were her signature food.
3 Tools you need to get started:
1) Rolling Pin - You need something to roll out your tortillas. My mother-in-law would cut off the end of broom stick and use that.
2) Cast Iron Griddle - They make the round ones for one tortilla at a time but who has time for that? Get the bigger rectangle one so that you can do two or even three at once.
3) Tortilla Warmer - I have an older model that was very similar to the one my mother--in-law used. It holds well over 50 tortillas.
Flour Tortillas Recipe
- 4 1/2 Cups Flour
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 Tbl Baking Powder
- 1/4 cup of shortening or 4-5 Tbls of Vegetable Oil
- Hot water (up to 2 cups)
Sift your flour, salt, and baking powder together. Add shortening or oil and mix in thoroughly. Add hot water (as hot as you can stand it) and knead until soft dough forms. It might be sticky. Pinch off dough to form small, flatter balls. Let dough rest 15 minutes. While your dough is resting, get your griddle nice and hot. Roll out tortillas and cook on hot griddle. Place in tortilla warmer and don't forget to let the kiddos get one and add butter while it's warm. To die for! If you need step-by-step photo tutorial, I have an old one on my blog that might help. Enjoy!
Have you ever tried making tortillas before? Share how you make them or why you haven't attempted it.
This is dedicated to my mother-in-law, who I miss a great deal and was the best tortilla maker ever.