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Homemade Flour Tortillas

on August 17, 2015

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We have been on a tight budget lately, because my husband was out of work for a few weeks. Thankfully, I know how to stretch a dollar! One very budget-friendly food is homemade tortillas. These are actually very easy to make. My 11 and 9 year olds assisted me!

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Here’s the recipe, so you can try your hand at this simple delight:

Flour Tortillas

– 2 cups flour
– 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
– 1/2 teaspoon salt
– 3 tablespoons butter, softened (not melted!)
– 3/4 cup lukewarm water (yes, the temperature makes a difference!)

Instructions:
1) Measure the flour, baking powder, and salt into a bowl.
2) Add the butter (I think that cutting it into a few smaller pieces makes it easier). Work the butter into the flour with a large fork or pastry whisk, until the mixture resembles fine crumbs.
3) Make a well in the center of the flour mixture and add the water, then mix thoroughly.
4) Knead the dough about 10 times, then leave it in the bowl, cover with a towel, and let sit for about 10 minutes. The dough will rise slightly.
5) Place the dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead it again, about 20 times.
6) Divide the dough in half, then divide each half into halves, and continue dividing until you have 8 balls. This will make approximately 8-9 inch tortillas. For 6 inch tortillas, keep dividing the dough until you have 16 balls.
7) Flatten each ball between your hands to form a disc, then roll it out as flat and round as you care to make it!

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8) Pre-heat a non-stick skillet, then cook the tortillas on each side until bubbles start to form and they have little brown spots.

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And that’s it! Serve warm with your toppings of choice, eat plain, or save for later in thefridge in a container or baggie.

My girls decided to make a couple heart-shaped tortillas:

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