Recipe For Flour Tortillas

In the 21st issue of Taste Magazine I asked the team to please give me a recipe for tortilla wraps. This was way back in April 2007 and since then I have done nothing about the recipe other than file it for later use. Since then I have continued to buy my wraps from Woolworths, and they are not cheap. Mine may not have been as perfect, but they are great and I am now left wondering why on earth I waited so long to make them. They are so easy and all you need to do is make them about an hour before you want to use them. They need to rest for 30 minutes and so you can go from ingredients to a meal in an hour. I made 4 to see how they would work and the recipe I have given below is for 4 wraps. You can increase the recipe to suit you, as they have be frozen for up to 3 months or left in the fridge for 5 days, once cooled. As they are so easy to make I decided it would be just as easy to make them when I need them. I did not use my tortilla to make a wrap. Instead I decided to serve it with a cold soup.

Cold Cucumber and Avocado Soup With Flour Tortillas
Cold Cucumber and Avocado Soup

Flour Tortillas
 
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Ingredients
  • 180g flour
  • 1g salt
  • 1g sugar
  • 40g butter
  • 100mls water
Method
  1. sift the flour, salt and sugar into a bowl
  2. rub the butter into the flour until it resembles fine breadcrumbs
  3. gradually add the water and mix into a soft dough
  4. you may need more or less water, depending on the flour
  5. the dough should not be too sticky or too dry
  6. divide into 4 balls and place on a lightly greased surface
  7. cover with a damp cloth and leave to rest for 30 minutes
  8. roll each ball into a circle as thin as you can get it
  9. cook each tortilla in a very hot pan for 1 minute per side
  10. if it puffs up press down with a spatula
  11. use immediately

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55 thoughts on “Recipe For Flour Tortillas

  1. Everything is in grams. How about cups and ounces, for us Americans that lack the metric expertise the rest of the world has. Thank you. Woof.

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    1. Sorry, but your cup measures are different to ours, so that would not work. Please see the conversion page on my blog 🙂

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  2. Oh Tandy thank you sdo much – this is brilliant for me as although we can get them here they are hideously expensive and always seem to be close to their “sell by” date and have a strange taste. Making them will be cheaper and tastier and quicker than driving a 100km round trip (not that I´d do that just to buy a packet of tortillas)!

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    1. Please let me know how they work out! They tasted really good and nothing at all like the store bought version at all. PS welcome home! I see on my reader there are 3 posts for me to play catch up with 🙂

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  3. I’ve never thought to make my own tortilla and now I see how easy it is!! I can only imagine how much better and fresh tasting they are too!!

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    1. they taste so much fresher than store bought 🙂

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  4. Oi! I’m going to become a huge fan!
    I just love cooking and for the first time ever tried my hand to different stuff like making pickled onions and fresh Chillies with Garlic and ginger for future use.
    Playing my heart out!
    Tnxs!

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    1. Welcome, and I look forward to seeing you around blogland! Have a super fun time 🙂

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  5. On my list of new things to try!

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    1. have fun!

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  6. Hi Tandy, wonderful recipe, and now that you can roll the wraps i am sure you would like to try your hand at some wholewheat rotis. Enjoy your weekend.
    I will send you some details on how to make a “healtier wrap”, ASAP

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    1. I look forward to that, thanks Usha 🙂

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  7. I really do love how your tortillas came out. I think I will try this for myself and hope it comes out just as good as yours

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    1. please let me know 🙂

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  8. Wow, they are a lot easier than I expected. I like the wheat & white ones, but I suppose you can experiment. I love chilli on wraps, mmmmmm 🙂

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    1. I am going to do some experimenting and if they work, I will share the results 🙂

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  9. This is a great recipe Tandy!
    I always buy tortillas when I need them, now I can make them mi self, thanks 🙂

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    1. it is my pleasure 🙂

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  10. The soup sounds really refreshing…must make some when the weather gets warmer. The homemade flour tortillas look awesome!

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    1. It is a great summer soup 🙂

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  11. Tandy, that’s very clever of you, lovely thin tortillas. I’d always assumed you’d need a tortilla press to get them so thin!

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    1. it just took a lot of rolling 🙂

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  12. I have never made these before and they look so good! Are they really that easy. I had no idea what i was going to make for dinner today and you may have just solved my problem! morning Tandy! c

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    1. morning Celi – how did your tortilla’s turn out? Hope you had a better day 🙂

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  13. I always have these in the freezer so rarely make wraps but I love the sense of achievement when I do. Your recipe sounds nice and easy so I will try and stop myself being so lazy next time!

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    1. They supposedly freeze well, and the next time I make them I will do extra 🙂

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  14. This came just in time, I am making homemade tortillas and I’m not a fan of the lard version… I will try these today

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    1. let me know how they turned out please 🙂

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  15. The soup looks very inviting, and I too have just started out making wraps, pitta etc and like you I don’t know why it took me so long to get round to them!

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    1. Pita is also on my list!

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  16. I have made my own tortillas: as you say, not as tidy, but the satisfaction is out of this world 🙂

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    1. for sure!

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  17. Those look delicious.

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    1. thanks Greg 🙂

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  18. Sounds really easy, Tandy.; almost as easy as buying from Woollies. 😉 xxx

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    1. Now all I have to do is experiment with different flavours 🙂

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  19. I made wraps this morning for Himself and the Troll (who calls in each day to pick up her sarmies!) I agree they are a breeze to make. My recipe calls for oil rather than butter.

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    1. They make a perfect packed lunch 🙂

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  20. Hi Tandy, do you have an adaptation that’s wheat free? E.g. rye flour? Or even whole wheat? I know the content and weight of the flour can change things dramatically and I can never find a workable recipe!

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    1. I don’t, but we can work on something and see how they turn out 🙂

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  21. You know me…Woollies sounds much easier. 🙂

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    1. sometimes, I agree with that sentiment a lot 🙂

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  22. Cake flour? Is that a mix of different grades of flour, or is it what we’d call plain flour in the UK? I’d love to try these!

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    1. Misk, it is plain flour, and one day soon I promise to add all the SA equivalents to my helpful hints page 🙂

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  23. I’m going to give these a go because hubby can eat these like no tomorrow and I have trouble keeping up with supply! 😛

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    1. I look forward to reading about how you make them 🙂

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  24. I”m mad for flatbreads of any kind – nice recipe.

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    1. thanks Roger 🙂

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  25. now this is one I think I can try! this might be a silly question, but did you use cake flour?

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    1. ordinary cake flour , yes 🙂

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      1. thanks muchly!

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        1. my pleasure 🙂

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