Step-by-Step Homemade Tortillas - White + Whole Wheat Versions

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Tortillas are available at every grocery store, but have you ever thought about make your own at home? This homemade tortillas recipe uses five ingredients that every person has in their pantry, like flour, salt, and baking powder, and it is incredibly easy because you just have to mix everything together and fry the individual portions of dough in a screaming hot pan. Mel, the developer of this tortilla recipe, has even given you the option of using whole-wheat flour if that is your preference or a combination of whole wheat and white. Easy flour recipes, like this one, just depends on what kind of flour you have on hand and what flavors you enjoy. If you are looking for a new culinary skill to add to your repertoire or simply enjoy fresh tortillas, this easy flatbread recipe is the one for you.

Tortillas form the base for many dishes whether it is wrap recipes or quesadilla recipes, so they are a versatile food to have in your kitchen. The tortilla has a complex history and even though its name is Spanish with ‘torta’ meaning little cake, the origins of this flatbread are not Spanish at all. The first tortillas were supposedly prepared by the Aztecs using a dough called masa. Masa was prepared from ground maize, which is corn, and cooked into a firm flatbread. It wasn’t until later when the Spanish started to colonize areas like Mexico, that the word tortilla was coined for these flavourful bread. If you would prefer a corn tortilla recipe, masa can be purchased at many grocery stores today and prepared into a delicious dough for tortilla making. Mel informs her readers that her recipe would work well with either whole wheat or all-purpose flours, so consider getting creative with her recipe by replacing some or all of the flour with the ground corn. You might have to add more or less water depending on the variety of flour used but just add it gradually until you find a consistency that is manageable to roll.

Nutrition Facts for: Step-by-Step Homemade Tortillas - White + Whole Wheat Versions from Notes from Mel's Kitchen

Ingredients:Unbleached all-purpose or whole wheat flour, salt, baking powder coconut oil or shortening, water.

* The entire recipe has been calculated for 12 servings.

* Percentages (%) are based on a 2000 calorie diet

* Per Serving

Calories 152, Calories from Fat 60, Total Fat 6.7g 10%, Saturated Fat 2.0g 10%, Cholesterol 0mg 0%, Sodium 245mg 10%, Potassium 70mg 2%, Carbohydrates 20.1g 7%, Dietary Fiber 0.7g 3%, Sugars 0.1g, Protein 2.7g, Vitamin A 0%, Vitamin C 0%, Calcium 2%, Iron 7%

Interestingly, flour tortillas were not indigenous to Mexico or Central America but rather were created by Spanish Jews who didn’t view corn as a kosher food choice. Instead, they incorporated flour into their tortilla recipes to produce food that was in line with their religion. Today flour tortillas are the most common choice for wraps, quesadillas, and more, and are also the easiest to find compared to the corn variety. This recipe for tortilla wraps will be perfect for using in a chicken Caesar wrap recipe or to layer into a cheese and black bean filled quesadilla. Tortilla wrap recipes are excellent for when you need bread that is healthy for sandwiches because flatbread recipes contain little fat compared to other bread choices like egg bread. Tortillas keep very well in the freezer, so consider making a huge batch, and layer them between sheets of parchment paper so that you can pull them out one at a time. Thank you, Mel, at ‘Mels Kitchen Café’, for sharing her step-by-step homemade tortillas recipe with us.**

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