Flour Tortillas

Flour Tortillas

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Our middle daughter loved making Flour Tortillas when she was in 4-H. In fact, it was the first bread-making recipe that she entered at our county fair.

Here’s a recipe you can make for your family that will rival store-bought flour tortillas . . . with just a little effort. They’re actually so easy to make, you may never buy more, ever again.

A Little Backstory

You see, our daughter Maggie was obsessed with Josefina, an American Girl doll she received for Christmas when she was seven years old. She did everything with this doll. Played with it for hours upon hours. The doll went everywhere with her.

Josefina Cookbook

When Maggie joined 4-H, Josefina was there with her, learning how to sew, how to cook. She even had a Josefina Cookbook. You get the idea. It was no surprise to me, when Maggie decided she wanted to learn how to make flour tortillas for her 4-H cooking project. After all, Josefina ate tortillas.

That summer, she entered a 4-H table display competition. And you guessed it. She entered a “Mexican-themed” table. She had a Mexican blanket for her tablecloth, a Mexican sombrero as a decoration, and she dressed up in one of her matching outfits with Josefina as her dinner guest. It was adorable.

I highly recommend feeding your children’s imagination with creative play.

5 Ingredients Needed to Make Flour Tortillas

  • all-purpose flour
  • baking powder
  • salt
  • vegetable shortening
  • hot water

Instructions for this Recipe

In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt. Mix well. Add shortening and cut in until mixture is crumbly. Stir in hot water in two parts, mixing well after each.

Lightly knead the dough on a floured surface, 20-30 times.

Cover and let rest for 20 minutes.Divide dough into 12 pieces, forming each into a ball. Allow to rest for 10 minutes.

On floured surface, roll out balls of dough very thin to form a 9″ circle.

Making Homemade Flour Tortillas at Home

Heat a cast iron griddle to medium-high heat. (Test temperature by sprinkling water on griddle. If it sizzles, it’s ready.) Cook tortillas on each side for 30 seconds, tamping down air bubbles as needed. Remove from griddle when brown spots appear and cover with a towel to keep warm or place in a terracotta tortilla warmer.

Serve immediately in your favorite Mexican recipe. Store extras in seal-tight container. This recipe will make 12 tortillas.

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Recipe for Flour Tortillas

Flour Tortillas

Our middle daughter loved making flour tortillas when she was in 4-H. In fact, it was the first bread-making recipe that she entered at the fair. Here's a recipe you can make for your family that will rival store-bought flour tortillas . . . with just a little effort.
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Course: Breads
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: 4-H Recipes, DIY, Homemade
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Resting Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings: 12 tortillas

Equipment

Blending Fork
Rolling Pin
Lodge Griddle
Tortilla Warmer

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup vegetable shortening
  • 2/3 cup hot water

Instructions

  • In medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt. Mix well. Add shortening and cut in until mixture is crumbly. Stir in hot water in two parts, mixing well after each. Lightly knead on floured surface, 20-30 times. Cover and let rest for 20 minutes.
  • Divide dough into 12 pieces, forming each into a ball. Allow to rest for 10 minutes. On floured surface, roll out balls of dough very thin to form a 9" circle.
  • Heat a cast iron griddle to medium-high heat. (Test temperature by sprinkling water on griddle. If it sizzles, it's ready.) Cook tortillas on each side for 30 seconds, tamping down air bubbles as needed. Remove from griddle when brown spots appear and cover with a towel to keep warm or place in a terracotta tortilla warmer. Serve immediately in your favorite Mexican recipe. Store extras in seal-tight container. Makes 12 tortillas.
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