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Simple Tortillas

in quick and easy whole grain dairy free gluten free overnight guaranteed classic

Author: Frank Tegethoff

Simple Tortillas Recipe Simple Tortillas Recipe

This recipe for soft flour tortillas is quick and easy. Soft and tender, with just a little bit of "chew," you can have these on the table in under an hour. The dough can also be made the day before and allowed to rest in the fridge overnight.

At a glance

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Total
Yield
8 tortillas
Nutrition information

Ingredients

Choose your measure:

  • 2 1/2 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour, plus additional as needed
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup lard (traditional); or butter, shortening, or vegetable oil
  • 7/8 to 1 cup hot tap water (about 110°F to 120°F)

Instructions

  1. To make the dough: In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt.
  2. Add the lard (or butter, or shortening; if you're using vegetable oil, add it in step 3). Use your fingers or a pastry blender to work the fat into the flour until it disappears. Coating most of the flour with fat inhibits gluten formation, making the tortillas easier to roll out.
  3. Pour in the lesser amount of hot water (plus the oil, if you're using it), and stir briskly with a fork or whisk to bring the dough together into a shaggy mass. Stir in additional water as needed to bring the dough together.
  4. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured counter and knead briefly, just until the dough forms a ball. If the dough is very sticky, gradually add a bit more flour.
  5. Divide the dough into 8 pieces. Round the pieces into balls, flatten slightly, and allow them to rest, covered, for about 30 minutes (see tips at left). If you wish, coat each ball lightly in oil before covering; this ensures the dough doesn't dry out.
  6. While the dough rests, preheat an ungreased cast iron griddle or skillet over medium high heat, about 400°F.
  7. Working with one piece of dough at a time, roll into a round about 8" in diameter. Keep the remaining dough covered while you work. Fry the tortilla in the ungreased pan for about 30 seconds on each side. Wrap the tortilla in a clean cloth when it comes off the griddle, to keep it pliable. Repeat with the remaining dough balls.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size 70
  • Servings Per Batch 8
Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories 200
  • Calories from Fat 70
  • Total Fat 7g
  • Saturated Fat 3g
  • Trans Fat 0mg
  • Cholesterol 5mg
  • Sodium 210mg
  • Total Carbohydrate 29g
  • Dietary Fiber 1g
  • Sugars 0g
  • Protein 5g

* The nutrition information provided for this recipe is determined by the ESHA Genesis R&D software program. Substituting any ingredients may change the posted nutrition information.