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Flour Tortillas and How to use a Tortilla Press

Flour tortillas aren't something I'd ever thought of making since you can buy them in just about every supermarket across the land. Plus I would never have thought I could actually make them look authentic.

Flour tortillas.

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Anyway, I just knew I needed a tortilla press in my life! So, Saturday afternoon saw me busy making tortillas in my kitchen and came out of the mixer!

The tortilla press is really easy to use and I discovered that they come out best if you lay a sheet of greaseproof paper between the dough and the press.

Now, it has to be said these tortillas did take a bit of practice to get the size right and although the press got them a nice perfect round shape, they were still a little bit too thick for my liking.

So I did give them a quick roll with a rolling pin, nothing too tricky and I'd have never got them this evenly round without the press.

Tortilla Dough

So where did I get this lovely recipe from?  Well after much trawling the net most recipes used lard - now I don't know whether that's right or wrong but personally, I didn't like the sound of it.

Then I came across this marvellous website and followed their brilliant flour tortilla recipe - they tasted as good as shop-bought tortillas too. 

I think you'll agree these tortillas really look the part and as I said before, using a tortilla press makes them the perfect shape which I couldn't achieve using a rolling pin alone.

I converted the recipe into metric and it works out to 480g plain flour, 1 teaspoon of salt, 1 teaspoon of baking powder 85ml vegetable oil and 250ml water.

I divided mine to make 10 and not 16 tortillas.

Going back to the beautiful KitchenCraft Tortilla Warmer it's ovenproof up to 150°C/300°F or Gas 2 and is dishwasher safe.

Once cooked it kept the tortillas warm for a good while, well until they were eaten anyway.

They didn't dry out and the dish is ideal to take straight from the oven to the table.


  1. Oooh! Looks very much the same as an Indian chapati or roti press, mum has an old one from India I think!

  2. I've got a tortilla press and have to hang my head in shame as I tend to buy them. I know it's easy, but I like bigger tortillas, so I tend not to use it.

  3. Aaah , love tortillas! And I came *this* close to buying a press in Mexico but they weighed a ton! Homemade always tastes so much better than shop bought :)

  4. They look fab! Just like proper ones! I dont know if I could be bothered going through the effort!

  5. question - how to make the chappathis retain their size? my rotis contract to 4inch diameter after pressing.

    1. Hi Lupie Kitten
      I'm sorry but I really do not know as I haven't had this problem. I tried Googling your question and all I can find is are you using the correct flour?
      For tortillas I used plain flour (not raising agents) but for chapatis I think you have to use chapatis flour. I have never made them so I do not know for sure.


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