Making Tortillas

Uncle John was helping Abby roll the tortillas out. Notice all the flour on Abby?!
Oh, but they're good to eat.

“And having food and raiment let us be therewith content” (1 Timothy 6:8).

Tortilla Recipe for those who may want it

10 cups whole wheat flour
1 TB. plus 1 tsp. salt
1 c. melted butter
4 cups water

Mix the flour and salt together. Melt butter and add to the flour/salt mixture, stirring until the butter is in small pieces. Add water slowly, until a nice consistency. If it’s too sticky, you’ll have trouble rolling the dough out, but if it’s too thick, you’ll have trouble too. It might take a little more water or more flour. Let the dough (in a bowl) sit on the counter for an hour or two, covered by a towel. When you’re ready to cook them, pre-heat fry pans (dry) as you’re ready to start rolling the dough out. Portion the dough into golf-size balls as you need them. We no longer use a tortilla press but a good rolling pin and flour-covered pastry cloth. Roll dough into a nice circle but not too thin. Then, cook on a dry griddle, letting each side cook only 1-2 minutes, being careful not to overcook (which happens quickly: you want a nice, soft tortilla, but if cooked too long, you’ll find it leathery!). Enjoy!

18 thoughts on “Making Tortillas”

  1. Oh, yummy! Thank you for the recipe! I’ve been wanting to try making some at home for our family…perfect timing! 😉

    Hope all of you are doing well! 🙂 Did you enjoy your visit with the Hamiltons? 🙂

    Keeping you all n my prayers,
    Blessings to you!
    ~Miss Rachel~

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    Yes, we ARE enjoying our visit. They’re here now!
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  2. Fascinating. How many tortillas does this recipe make?
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    Anywhere from 30-40, depending on the size :-).
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  3. Didn’t you used to make corn tortillas instead? And why no more tortilla press? I am inspired all over again to try the whole wheat tortillas — have only ever made corn (they seem easier for some reason).

    Thanks for posting! Hope you all are having a super holiday weekend!
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    No, we’ve never made corn tortillas! We’ve found we like the consistency of the tortillas better hand-rolled out, and we were having difficulty achieving a good tortilla with the press, sometimes the dough seemed too thick.
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  4. Oh, and do you grind your own flour? If so, how would this recipe be potentially altered to use store-bought? I’m such a grain novice!

    Yes, we do grind our own flour. Store-bought flour would still work great–white or wheat, no alterations should be necessary except you might need a little less water if you’re using white flour.

  5. Do you then freeze these tortillas til you want to use them or do you always do them fresh?

    Cindy L.
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    We put the leftover tortillas in the fridge and then use them up that week. If they’re not used up during the week, we’ll freeze them for another time.
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  6. I also make tortillas…just wondering why you no longer use a tortilla press?? I love ours…saves me lots of time….I think…God bless you all.
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    We’ve found we like the consistency of the tortillas better hand-rolled out, and we were having difficulty achieving a good tortilla with the press, sometimes the dough seemed too thick.
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  7. I just made a batch of these with my sweet little helpers. I have wanted to make tortillas for some time now but thought I needed a press. They turned out wonderful; thank you for sharing!!!!! The recipe even got voted in by the kids into our “Favorite Recipe Book”

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    I’m so glad–thanks for sharing that :-). Sarah
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  8. Abby looks like she’s having so much fun! She is adorable. I am looking forward to baking with my little sister when she get’s a bit older. I can imagine that she’ll make flour messes like Abby. 🙂

  9. We cannot wait to try your tortilla recipe. Not only does it sound delicious, but it looks like a great family project to do together. Abby and Uncle John look like they are having a joyous time cooking and eating! Thinking of all of you and continuing to hold you all in prayer.

  10. Last I knew, you were using a press. I had no idea you could actually do them by hand! lol I can’t wait to try these with my boys. They will think it’s fun! 😛 Thanks for sharing!

  11. Sounds like a great recipe- I’m glad to see the whole wheat flour and the absence of shortening. We’ll have to try this sometime.

  12. I just made a batch of these on Saturday with a mixture of spelt and white flours, and they were delicious. I added a little baking powder to it, since my previous recipe included that. The butter adds such a nice flavor that you don’t get with shortening. We made some into steak fajitas, and the rest went into the freezer.

  13. I usually make tortillas with extra light olive oil. I love the idea of using butter! Does it need to be unsalted butter? I guess you would have said so. I’m just wondering how salty it will be. I don’t usually make such a large batch – so that’s throwing me off, too. We love homemade tortillas around here. It really ruins you for “store-bought” ones.
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    We use salted butter, so it should be fine–whatever you would like to use :-). Sarah
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