Homemade flour tortillas

Cristy Ferguson

"My family has been makeing these FOREVER! However, nobody had really taken the time to measure any of the ingredients! Makeing these was just instinctual(is that a word?). I guess this is why i HATE store bought flour tortillas! Because they are just SOOO much better homemade! You can fill them with anything avacado slices, cheese, or fajitas yum!!"
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15 servings
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  1. in a small bowl mix the flour and salt.
  2. cut in the lard, butter, or shortening until the mixture looks crumbly.
  3. add a small amount of water at a time until the dough comes together. You may not need all of the water.
  4. Before adding too much water, try to kneed the dough.
  5. If it looks too dry or doesn’t come together properly then add more water.
  6. At this point take the dough out of bowl and continue kneading for about 3-5 min.
  7. There is no need to add flour to the surface, it shouldn't stick. There should not be any extra dry flour. It should look like pizza dough.
  8. While the dough is still warm, take pieces about the size of a Ping-Pong ball, form balls between your hands and place them back into the bowl. Optionally, you can kneed the ball gently against the palm of your hand with the fingers of that same hand to form disks that will be easier to form into tortillas later.
  9. let the dough rest in a cool dry place for about 5 min.
  10. preheat a flat pan on medium heat
  11. roll the balls of dough out with a rolling pin. It should not be necessary to use extra flour for this step either. Just make sure that you gently press down on the dough with the pin and go in only one direction at a time. Don’t go up and down. Also, as you are rolling, it is helpful to turn the tortilla by removing it from the surface a few times. Everybody has their own way of rolling out dough; I just suggest you don’t use extra flour. I like my tortillas thin but this is also left to each persons preference.
  12. place the rolled out tortilla on the hot surface and let it sit until it starts forming air pockets.
  13. Then turn it over. You can do this until you see that the tortilla has large golden brown spots on both sides.
  14. For some reason the first one never turns out great and takes longer then the following tortillas. If this happens to you, it is normal. Don’t worry! ENJOY!


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