I am still missing Mexican food here in Germany. Although there is an abundance of bread, there is nothing like homemade flour tortillas. For my friends in California, these tortillas might just give Chevy’s a run for their money…maybe..but the only downside is that you have to be El Machino. Get ready for a little bit of work. But Oh it is so worth it. These tortillas are way better than store bought at the least. Not to mention they contain a whopping 5 ingredients and no preservatives or partially hydrogenated junk. So here they are:
2 cups of all purpose unbleached flour ( you can substitute half for whole wheat flour if you like )
1 1/8 tsp. of salt
1 tsp. baking powder
2 tsp. vegetable oil
3/4 cup warm milk or if you want to make it vegan you can use rice milk, hemp milk, soy milk…whatever your heart desires. I have had success with all of these.
Combine together the flour, salt, and baking powder. Then add in the oil, and warm milk. Mix and bring it together and shape it like a ball. Kneed the dough with your hands on the counter top for about 5 minutes or until the dough feels nice and smooth.
Separate dough and roll into small balls. ( insert childish laughter here ). You should get about 10-12 balls of dough depending on how big you want to make your tortillas. Place the balls of dough on a cutting board or other flat surface of choice and cover with saran wrap. Let rest for about 30 minutes. You can even make the dough and do all of these steps a day ahead of time. Just store the dough in the fridge until you use it. ( Awesome right? )
One at a time press the balls of dough between two layers of saran wrap until you get them into a flattened shape. ( feel free to make them as flat as you can at this point. ) Then take it out from under the saran wrap and stretch them to your desired thickness and shape. Round is always good..but since they are homemade don’t worry if they look a little odd. It gives them character, and it’s the taste that counts.
Heat a skillet over medium heat. Place your tortillas one at a time on the skillet and cook until you see it start to bubble up. Then flip and heat to your desired doneness. Taste test the first one… ( No one is looking ) and then keep heating up the rest.
Enjoy with fajitas, tacos, burritos…or just by themselves.