Quick and Easy Tortilla Press Tortillas
Although a purist will inform you that flour tortillas should be rolled out, there is no doubt a tortilla press makes quick, light work of this procedure. After all, we use blenders, food processors and other gadgets that our grandparents did not have, and the resulting food is just as delicious. Modern technology is not the enemy. It just makes cooking quicker and easier, and these days when many of us leave for work at the crack of dawn and get home tired, it can be a real lifesaver. Take the tortilla press, for example.
This piece of equipment presses balls of tortilla dough into discs, making the preparation of tortillas a real breeze. Have you ever tried homemade tortillas? They taste so fresh and delicious, and they are simple to make too. Once you have pressed the dough into the right shapes, they only take 30 seconds per side to cook, and you can make all kinds of wonderful recipes with homemade tortilla press tortillas, such as enchiladas, quesadillas, fajitas, tacos, or anything else you want. The whole family will be intrigued with your tortilla press and love the tortillas.
You might be wondering about the use of coconut oil in the recipe. Although you can swap this for shortening or vegetable oil, we have found that coconut oil gives the tortillas a really good flavor. Combine all the ingredients to make the dough and then put a ball of dough into the tortilla press. Push it down and hold for 20 seconds for a perfect result. If you do not hold it down for long enough the dough might spring back too much and become too thick. Some people like to flour both sides of the dough ball to discourage it from sticking to the press.
You might be wondering why you would even want to make your own tortillas when they are for sale in the store, but take a look at the ingredients in many of the commercial brands and you will see a long list of chemicals including preservatives and sometimes even sugar. Why would you want to eat that when you can make your own version using just flour, baking powder, oil, and a little salt? Homemade tortillas are easy to prepare and the ingredients are simple to find. Using a tortilla press makes them even more fun to make.
- 3½ cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 3 tablespoons coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon salt
- Water, as needed
- Put the flour in a bowl.
- Add the baking powder, coconut oil, and salt.
- Combine the mixture with your hands until it is mealy in texture.
- Pour in about a cup of water and stir it into the flour.
- You can do this by hand or using the dough hook on a mixer.
- Add more water, a tablespoon at a time, kneading for a minute between each addition.
- The dough should come out elastic and smooth but without any stickiness.
- If you accidentally put too much water in and end up with sticky dough add more flour.
- Roll the dough into 12 balls.
- Press each one into a tortilla shape using your tortilla press.
- Heat a flat pan over a high heat to get it really hot.
- Cook each tortilla for 30 seconds per side or until lightly browned.
- Serve them right away or refrigerate them and rewarm them just before use.
A tortilla press is something you might associate with a Mexican bakery or Mexican home kitchen but it makes a great addition to your own kitchen because it means you can make homemade tortillas quickly and easily. Not only are these simple to prepare but they taste wonderful too. Getting the hang of using a tortilla press is really easy and you can make a big batch of homemade flour tortillas in next to no time, which you can enjoy alongside your favorite Mexican recipes or turn into chimichangas, fajitas, enchiladas, or quesadillas.
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