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Making your own tortillas is easy. You may find it a bit of a mission to roll them out, but you'll be saving quite a bit of money as the bought ones are rather pricey. Besides, husbands and older kids can handle a rolling pin ... they are not solely for use by females as the cartoons will have us believe!

Flour Tortillas


  • 750 ml cake flour
  • 5 ml salt
  • 90 ml sunflower or canola oil
  • 250 ml warm water (hotter than lukewarm)

Chef's hint: Look in the recipe index, the vegetarian section for the Mexican Veggie Wraps recipe. It's a cheesy, deletable filling for these tortillas and great for those meatless Mondays! Also, tortillas make terrific Quesadillas - these are two tortillas held together by a delicious filing.


Combine all the ingredients and by hand, stir-and-knead just until you have a smooth dough. Roll the dough into a ball. You can prepare this in advance and let it sit at room temperature for a couple of hours, covered with cling film.

To cook your tortillas, heat a non-stick frying pan or griddle over medium-high heat. While this is happening, nip a piece of dough the size of a chicken egg off the big ball of dough. Pat the small piece of dough into a thin, round tortilla and with a wine bottle or rolling pin, roll it out thinly.

Cook the tortilla until there are little brown specks on both sides. Continue rolling out your tortillas and cooking them (keep the others warm) until you have used up all the dough.

Yields about 10 large tortillas.