What is in Flour Tortillas?
In an authentic flour tortilla recipe, there are only 4 ingredients: all purpose flour, salt, shortening or lard, and water. There are some recipes that use baking powder but if you make them correctly, there is no need for that extra ingredient. Store bought tortillas also include preservatives to keep them shelf stable for a long time.
How to Make Soft Flour Tortillas
The key to soft and tender flour tortillas is to inhibit the development of gluten in the flour by “waterproofing” the flour. You do this by rubbing the shortening into the flour with your hands to coat the flour with the fat and secondly, by using 110 degree warm water which melts the fat. Now as you gently work the dough, it is much less likely to create gluten, resulting in a tender, soft, and flaky tortilla.
How to Cook Flour Tortillas
You can cook flour tortillas on an electric skillet or on a nonstick pan on the stove. They key is to get the level of heat right. Usually, an electric skillet needs to be on high but closer to medium high for a stove setting. They should cook in about 1 minute on each side, creating large bubbles across the surface, and turn light brown before flipping and cooking for another minute.
Why are My Flour Tortillas Not Puffing?
Generally, this happens for two reasons. First, your cooking surface is not hot enough. They puff up as the water and shortening create steam so if your surface isn’t hot enough, then there is no steam. Another reason could be that too much gluten has developed so be sure you thoroughly rub in the shortening, use 110 degree water, and only knead the dough until it comes together.
Can You Freeze Uncooked Tortillas?
Absolutely! Roll out the tortillas then place parchment paper between each uncooked tortilla. Place them in a freezer bag and freeze until needed, up to 3 months. You can cook them directly from frozen or allow them to thaw first. The frozen version will take a bit longer to cook.
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2 3/4 cup all purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
6 tablespoons vegetable shortening
3/4 cup + 2 tablespoons water at 110 degrees
In a large bowl, combine flour and salt. Add shortening and rub it into the flour with your hands until it is completely incorporated. It should have a cornmeal type texture.
Be sure water is 110 degrees and add to the flour mixture. Mix together with a wooden spoon then dump onto a floured counter and knead just until the dough comes together. It will still be fairly lumpy. Do not knead too long or it will develop too much gluten.
Divide dough into 12 pieces, roll them into balls, cover with plastic wrap, and let rest at room temperature for 30 minutes or up to 3 days in the fridge. Don’t rush the resting or you won’t be able to roll the dough thin enough.
Flour your counter and one dough ball well. Roll into a very thin 8″ circle. Cover with a towel and repeat. To help keep a round shape, be sure to rotate the tortilla often during rolling.
Heat an electric skillet to high heat, or a nonstick pan on the stove to medium high heat. Cook tortillas on first side until puffed and lightly brown, about 1 minute, flip and cook another 1 minute. Remove from heat and cover with a towel and serve immediately.
You can freeze uncooked tortillas after they have been rolled out and before you cook them. Layer parchment paper between each uncooked tortilla, place in a freezer bag, and freeze until needed. You can cook them either from frozen or allow them to thaw first.
- Serving Size: 1 tortilla
- Calories: 156
- Sugar: 0 g
- Sodium: 140 mg
- Fat: 6 g
- Saturated Fat: 2 g
- Unsaturated Fat: 4 g
- Trans Fat: 0 g
- Carbohydrates: 20 g
- Fiber: 1 g
- Protein: 3 g
- Cholesterol: 0 mg
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