Flour Tortillas

Oxmoor House
about 3 1/2 dozen


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3 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon shortening
1 cup hot water
Melted butter or margarine (optional)


Combine flour, baking powder, and salt; stir well. Cut in shortening with a pastry blender until mixture resembles coarse meal. Gradually stir in water, mixing well.

Shape dough into 1/2-inch balls, and place on a lightly floured surface. Roll each ball into a very thin circle about 4 inches in diameter.

Heat an ungreased cast-iron griddle over medium heat; cook tortillas 2 minutes on each side or until lightly browned. Pat tortillas lightly with spatula while browning the second side if they puff during cooking. Serve hot with butter, if desired.

Note: Tortillas may also be cooked in an ungreased electric skillet heated to 375°.

Created date

February 2010