I had this brilliant idea that I would make my own tortilla press by covering my iron skillets with plastic wrap and place a ball of dough in between and squish down hard, giving me perfectly rounded and flat tortillas. I chuckled to myself at my own smarts. Wanting one of those nifty little presses from the store for years, I knew this idea would make needing that press completely unnecessary.
And guess what? I didn’t work. I pressed my face off and I didn’t even come close to the flatness of a regular tortilla press. I ended up using the bottom iron skillet as a stand to roll the dough out using a regular rolling pin. I did like using the bottom of the skillet as it gave me more height, didn’t budge, and made a good guide as to how much to roll out the dough. With my smarts dashed across the rocks, I picked myself up by the boot straps and made the best tortillas ever. These flat cakes are tender and tasty, not like the dry ones I usually find in the store.
These are easy to make and with a cooktop grill, simple to bake. We love them hot off the grill with butter and they keep well for a few days on the counter top in a ziptop bag. My kids love having cheese quesadillas as an after school snack. I enjoy these tortillas from a healthier point of view because they lack preservatives and hydrogenated oils. You are welcome to experiment with other flours and liquids as well due to the simplicity of the recipe. I am not the best roller outer but I think it just adds to the character of homemade tortillas.
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup water
3 T. canola or vegetable oil
pinch Kosher salt
In a mixing bowl, using a dough hook, blend all ingredients until they just come together. Do not over mix or the dough will be tough. Remove dough and knead gently. Wrap in plastic and let rest at least 15 minutes. Divide dough into 12 equal balls. Heat a cooktop griddle or skillet to medium high heat. Roll out each ball, using extra flour for rolling, until very flat and cook on each side for about 30-45 seconds or until the tortillas puffs slightly and the bubbles brown to a golden. You may cook them crispier if you want but we like ours soft. Makes 12 tortillas.
Did you ever have a night like this when your brilliant idea flopped but it seemed to work out ok anyway? Or not.
Who needs a Tortilla Press when an Iron Skillet does so much more?