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Bread & Pizza

Simple Flour Tortillas

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These homemade tortillas are so easy to make. With only 6 ingredients and under 30 minutes, you have a batch of soft tasty tortillas.

Tortillas can be used in many recipes, like quesadillas, tacos or fold-over tortilla bake. You can serve them filled with scrambled eggs which makes healthy and tasty breakfast or brunch choice.

You can make interesting pizza with homemade tortillas or make your own tortilla chips to dip into your favourite dip. From this recipe you will have 12 soft and delicious tortillas on your table in under the hour. Try our tortillas made with spelt flour - so soft and pliable.

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How to make simple flour tortillas

Making these simple flour tortillas is a just a breeze. You don't need a tortilla press to make homemade tortillas. A rolling pin will works just fine for making them.

You will need some basic ingredients, such as flour, baking powder, oil, water and salt. We used a mix of PLAIN and CORN flours, which is a great combo. The plain flour gives elasticity while corn flour gives bright yellow colour, and slightly sweet flavour.

Making the dough

For the dough, combine both flours, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl. Pour oil and water and stir with a spoon until everything comes together. Now, turn onto dusted work surface and knead fo5 minutes. You will get smooth and elastic dough. Leave it aside for 10 minutes.

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Rolling out tortillas with a rolling pin

Rolling out tortillas is easy using a rolling pin. First the dough should be soft and pliable and the room temperature should be warm.

Make a log from the dough, then using a sharp knife divide into 12 even pieces. Now, make 12 soft balls from the dough. Cover them with kitchen towel while rolling out tortillas.

Take one ball and using your palms make small disc. Place disc on a lightly floured work surface. Take a rolling pin and roll the dough from the center in both directions. Flip the dough as you continue to roll into all directions.

How to cook tortillas

Tortillas are cooked on the stove - you will need either cast iron griddle or skillet heated on medium-high heat.

Once the tortilla is rolled, place it on the griddle and cook for about 40-60 seconds. It will start to form little or large bubbles and have dark spots on the surface. Flip on the other side and cook for another 20-30 seconds. 

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flatbreads & tortillas!

The trick for cooking tortillas is to cook them on the high heat so they cook quickly and don't dry out.

Remove from the griddle, place on the plate and cover with kitchen towel or another plate to keep it warm. This great tortilla warmer is ideal for keeping tortillas warm and soft while cooking the rest.

Making ahead & freezing simple flour tortillas

The dough can also be made the day before and kept in the fridge overnight. These homemade tortilla freeze well.

Once they are cooked, pile them and place baking paper or cling film between each one, then place in the freezer bag. Once you want to enjoy them, you can defrost them quickly in the microwave or in the oven.

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Simple Flour Tortillas

MAKES: 12 medium-sized tortillas
COOKS IN: 30 minutes


  • 280g plain or bread flour (2 1/3 cups)
  • 140g corn flour (flour milled from dried corn kernels)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 75ml sunflower oil (5 tbsp)
  • 240ml water (1 cup), lukewarm (40-50°C)


  1. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl. 

  2. Pour over oil and warm water and stir until the dough comes together. Transfer to the floured work surface and knead for about 4-5 minutes or until you make a smooth ball of dough. Cover with clean kitchen towel and leave to rest for 10 minutes.

  3. Divide the dough into 12 pieces and roll each piece as thinly as possible on a floured work surface using a rolling pin.

  4. Heat a cast iron griddle over a medium heat. Cook tortillas one at the time for 1-2 minutes on each side until the tortilla begins to form air bubbles and has dark spots. Transfer them to a plate and cover with another plate or wrap with aluminium foil to keep warm. 

We recommend using the measurement in grams & ml (instead of cups & spoons) for more accuracy and better results.