I asked you guys on Facebook yesterday for any tips or tricks that you had for homemade tortillas. I didn’t want to make them with shortening, but I’ve heard that that is the only way to get them to turn out right.
You guys had lots of great suggestions and so I tried my luck at making homemade tortillas today.
My husband’s response? “I think these are the best tortillas I’ve ever had!” Seriously??? Wow, what a compliment!! I think they are pretty up there for me as well, and I’m kind of picky with tortillas.
So what made the difference? Well, I think the biggest change was that I used coconut oil instead of olive oil. The second thing I did differently was to let them sit covered for at least an hour after I made them into balls.
Here’s what you need:
4 cups of whole wheat flour
1 cup of white flour
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 cup of coconut oil
1 3/4 cup BOILING water
Extra flour to help with rolling them out
Here’s what you do: (I used my Kitchen Aid mixer and dough hook, but you can do this by hand as well)
1. Mix all of the dry ingredients (flour, salt, and baking powder). Then add the coconut oil and mix thoroughly. I had to scrape the sides of the mixing bowl several times to keep the flour/oil mixture from coming out. Oh, and I HIGHLY recommend one of these types of measurers that is pictured in the second picture below. It makes measuring sticky stuff so much easier! (Mine is from Pampered Chef, but I got it at a garage sale). 🙂
2. Once everything is mixed, slowly pour in the boiling water and mix the dough up until it’s no longer sticky. I think I mixed it around 5 minutes or so.
3. Form the dough into balls and put them on a cookie sheet. I was able to make 35 balls with the dough I had and the tortillas turned out the perfect size for us. Cover the cookie sheet with a kitchen towel and let sit for AT LEAST an hour.
4. Heat up your griddle to HIGH heat (I would’ve tried a skillet on the stove, but that didn’t work so well the last time I did tortillas, so I tried the electric griddle instead).
5. Spread some flour out on a flat surface (I used a large cutting board for easy clean up) and place a dough ball in the middle of the flour. Sprinkle more flour on top of the ball and press down on the ball HARD with a pie plate to flatten it out in a circle. Peel the dough circle off the bottom of the pie plate and re-flour the top and bottom. Roll out with a rolling pin to the desired thickness. (Note: I tried just rolling one out without using the pie plate first and it didn’t turn out nearly as well).
6. Make sure that the griddle is fully heated, then place the tortillas on the griddle. Let it cook around 30 seconds, then flip it and let it cook on the other side for 30 seconds. Take it off the griddle and start on the next one. My 7 year old and I had a good little routine going…. she would cook the tortillas and I would flour and roll it out. They both took right around 30 seconds.
7. Enjoy!! I served the tortillas with homemade hummus and veggies, but I wasn’t really impressed with the hummus recipe, so I’m not going to share it. But I’m going to keep trying on the hummus too because we all LOVE hummus and I would love to make it from scratch. Any suggestions for homemade hummus recipes? 🙂