How to Make Perfect Homemade Flour Tortillas

How to Make Perfect Homemade Flour Tortillas

Homestead Heaven: Ridiculously Delicious and Easy to Make!

We all know the smell of warm fresh homemade bread … there’s nothing in the world that can compare to it! And, even though thick ones exist, in these days of “thin is in” there’s nothing that can beat a great thin flour tortilla!

These tortillas are great for making burritos, quesadillas and wraps. They are tender, flavorful and soft. Of course you can always argue that there are plenty of choices for already made tortillas at the grocery store, but you and I know that nothing can compare to a homemade one.

Many home cooks though are intimidated by the idea of making their own flour tortillas. Getting the masa to the right consistency, and rolling out a perfectly round tortilla can be tedious, and takes practice. Don’t give up! Use a rolling pin that is the diameter of a broom handle, thin and straight.

How to Make Perfect Homemade Flour Tortillas

Also, make sure you press a divot into the center of each dough patty before you roll it out. This patty is known as a textal in Northern Mexico. The thin center and thicker edges of the textal will help you roll out a more round tortilla.

Ingredients

  • 4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 cup vegetable shortening or lard
  • 2 cups warm water
  • extra flour for rolling surface

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, add the flour and salt. Knead in the shortening with your hands. Add warm water in small amounts, continuing to knead.
  2. Once the dough is cohesive and elastic, gather it into a ball, and let it rest in the mixing bowl for at least 20 minutes, covered with a kitchen towel. You can let the dough rest overnight in the refrigerator as well.
  3. Divide the dough in to 24 equal pieces, and shape into round patties. Heat a comal (griddle) on the stove. Press a divot into the center.
  4. On a floured surface, roll out the tortilla until it is very thin.
  5. Place the tortilla on the hot griddle for 30 seconds, then flip to cook on the other side for 2 minutes. Flip once more so that the tortilla balloons with steam.
  6. Remove the tortilla from the comal and store in a kitchen towel until all the tortillas are rolled out and cooked.
  7. Please Share and Enjoy!

Via: Melissa Guerra at The Latin Kitchen

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