Yield: Yields eight 9- to 10-inch tortillas.
I’d always heard that making flour tortillas by hand is pretty simple, but I’d never tried it until recently, when Fine Cooking decided to do a feature on quesadillas. Here was the excuse I had been waiting for to give it a shot. Using various ingredient combinations, I tested several batches of tortillas before arriving at a recipe that made just what I was looking for: light and tender tortillas with soft, flaky layers. And you know what? They really are easy to make.
Now, I’m not suggesting that you have to make your own tortillas to try our quesadillas, but if you do, be forewarned: Once you taste these and see for yourself how uncomplicated it is to make them, store-bought tortillas may not taste the same ever again.
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Make Ahead Tips
Because they’re not loaded with preservatives, these tortillas taste best when freshly made. They’ll stay pliable as long as kept warm. Leftover tortillas may be frozen (let cool thoroughly first.) Rewarm individual cooled or thawed torillas on a grittle or skillet, or wrap several tortillas in foil or heat in a 350ºF oven until warm and pliable, about 10 minutes.
Now these are REAL tortillas! The first recipe I tried used olive oil & no baking powder....just wasn't right. Real deal here. Thanks!
I just made these today after becoming disenchanted with the brands (really, the ingredient list) available at the store and they were wonderful. I used home-rendered leaf lard. The dough was easy to work with and the results very tasty.
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