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YES! A southern girl makes homemade tortillas and compliments flow from the locals. Give it a try. Practice will make perfect tortillas.

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  • 3 1/2 3 1/2 1/2 c. plain flour
  • 1 1 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 1/2 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 7 7 7 tbsp. oil (I use bacon grease that I have saved)
  • 1 1 1 c. hot water


Preparation time 30mins
Cooking time 45mins
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Step 1

In a bowl, mix the plain flour salt and baking powder with your hands. Add the oil and mix with fingers until it becomes the consistency of corn mill. Slowly add the hot water forming dough ball. Knead the dough for 3 minutes. Cover dough with moist cloth and let sit for 15 minutes.

Form 1.5 oz dough balls. This ball should be about the size of a small lime. On a flour surface, use a floured rolling pin to roll the dough ball into a small circle. Rotate the circle 1/4 turn and roll the pin back and forth evenly. Turn the circle 1/4 turn and roll again. Roll the dough out to desired thickness. I like my tortillas to be soft so I roll it out a little thicker than store tortillas.

Heat a lightly oiled skillet to med/hi heat (cast iron is best). Lay tortilla on pan and wait for bubbles to appear (about 1-2 minutes). Flip tortilla. You may see the tortilla begin the rise into a large bubble. Just press tortilla flat as it cooks. Cook 1 minute on this side then flip once for about 15 seconds. That is it! Your tortilla is ready to eat! You do not have to spray your pan to cook remaining dough because the oil in the dough balls will be enough.

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