Mom’s Homemade Flour Tortillas

One of my favorite breads that I grew up eating was Flour Tortillas, but not the kind you can buy in the supermarket. My Mom was big on eating healthy homemade food.  My sisters and I learned at a young age to make these tortillas as well as many other yummy recipes of my Mothers. Thank you Mom for that education! I have been making this recipe to use with Fajitas, Burritos, Tacos & Wraps for many years now. I have also taught my daughter and three nieces this same recipe. It really is a simple easy recipe and so yummy. I hope you enjoy them as much as we do.



Mom’s Homemade Flour Tortillas

4 Cups All purpose unbleached flour (can substitute all wheat or half & half)

1 Tablespoon Baking Powder

1 Teaspoon Salt

1 Cup Warm Water

1/4 Cup Olive Oil

1. Combine dry ingredients, flour, baking powder, salt in a mixing bowl.

2. Add olive oil to warm water then mix water mixture into the dry ingredients with a spoon/spatula. Bring it together with your hands, you want a slightly sticky dough which will yield soft tortillas. (when using all wheat flour or half & half you may need to add a little more warm water to yield a slightly sticky dough)

3. Cover dough with a warm damp cloth. Let dough sit for 10 minutes under cloth. Heat cast iron skillet on med-high heat. (A regular pan will work also)

4. Divide dough into small balls, about golf ball size. (Depends on what you are using it for, burritos need larger tortillas versus tacos would be smaller)

5. Spread flour on a pastry mat, wood cutting board or even the counter works. Roll out each ball of dough with a rolling pin to a thin round tortilla. While rolling out tortilla, you will need to add flour to rolling pin or directly on tortilla to prevent it from sticking, keep remainder dough covered under damp cloth.

6. Place rolled out tortilla on hot skillet and allow to cook, watch for bubbles to form and turn to cook on other side. You want just a few pale golden brown spots and a soft tortilla. Once cooked, stack cooked tortillas in a kitchen towel to keep warm. Makes about 24 tortillas. Leftover tortillas can be stored in a ziploc bag and used for the next 3 days. The best way to warm them up is on the cast iron skillet one at a time.

Sweet Sisters

For there is no friend like a sister 
In calm or stormy weather;
 To cheer one on the tedious way, 
To fetch one if one goes astray, 
To lift one if one totters down, 
To strengthen whilst one stands.  Author: Christina Rossetti

I have two sweet sisters. Two sisters who can be the same and yet so different. We all take care of each other, we are there for each other whenever one is in need. We can be each others fiercest supporter and on the other hand disagree to an extreme degree. No matter our differences we always stand by each other.

I enjoy spending time with my sisters. On a few occasions we have traveled together and it is always an adventure and so much fun. One important thing I have learned during my life is that when you travel with someone whether sister or friend, you have to compromise. Compromise on food, music, places to stay, sites to see and things to do.

My younger sister and I took a road trip this past week. If you read my blog on 7/11/14 (What we do for our children) you know what the purpose of the trip was.

We left behind our children. I left my seven teens and above aged children with my husband. I did prepare a few meals for them to give my husband a break. I know he was slightly overwhelmed but he survived. Tara on the other hand left two adorable little ones eight and seven years old with our parents. Her children definitely had a hard time with the separation.

Tara and I did some preparation for our trip last week. We planned out how we wanted this trip to go and what we needed for the journey. The main goal besides getting Camille’s car safely to her was to enjoy the trip, and that we did!

Items we took to survive our 20 hour road trip:

  • Map (my iPhone worked great)
  • Snacks (Isalean Protein shake, Isalean bars, fiber snacks, fresh fruit, dried fruit, almonds, chips (need something salty), H20
  • Music
  • Comedy CD’s: Bill Cosby
  • Books on CD: we both like Agatha Christie mysteries (yay)

Here are a few tips that worked for us.

  • Take it slow, we drove about 5-6 hours each day
  • Go to bed each night to at least sleep 7 hours (stopped in to see some of our family along the way)
  • Wake up to your bodies clock
  • Enjoy the scenery (we took a side trip to Yosemite)

Trip Map

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