Thursday, April 4, 2013

Sourdough Tortillas

I have felt adventurous.
I have this sourdough starter, it's going pretty well, I'm making bread several times a week, cutting out our bread buying. So I start thinking... surely I could figure out how to make other things, I've made sourdough pancakes before, and sourdough biscuits. I knew we were going to have chicken tacos for supper on Wednesday night (I'm a planner) so on Tuesday evening I decided to get my starter going on some sourdough tortillas.

This is what you need:
2 cups(more or less) whole wheat flour : I used hard red wheat
3 Tablespoons of fat: I used butter, but you could use lard, coconut oil or bacon grease (melted but not hot)
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup sourdough starter
1/2 cup milk or whey
Pinch of ginger and citric acid OPTIONAL (but it is supposed to help condition the dough and working with whole wheat can be tricky at times... if you don't want to use it or don't have it... NO big deal!)

Mix starter, milk, salt, ginger, citric acid and melted fat.
Slowly add flour.
I say slowly, because you may need all of the 2 cups, you may not. It's depending on how thin or thick your starter may be.
Knead your dough for a couple of minutes. You don't want it to be sticky, but you don't want to overwork your dough either.

Let it sit overnight and sour. I put it in my mixing bowl and covered with plastic wrap.
You could totally do this if you get up really early, you could get it mixed up and let it sit all day til you make supper. You just need around 8-10 hours.

Here's my dough and my tortilla press. If you don't have a press, just roll your tortilla out really thin with a rolling pin.
All I did was pinch a chunk of dough and rolled it into a ball with my hands.

I put the ball in the center of my tortilla press and... PRESSED. :)

I didn't hardly press hard enough here. haha
Make sure you get your skillet good and hot and let some coconut oil melt

I used a flat cast iron griddle for frying these.

That's more like it.
Nice and wide and very thin

Lay your tortilla dough on your hot skillet and fry.
You will see some bubbles start to form and it will get browned in spots.

Here's a nice pile starting to form!

Taco night with all the fixins!

It's church night, so I brought out the fine 'paper' china to help speed supper clean up along.
Let me tell you... these tortillas were INCREDIBLE! They had a great flavor and were super yummy! I honestly don't think I will purchase store bought tortillas again. 
I plan on making up several batches and freezing. Each batch can make 8-10 tortillas. 
Also, they were so easy, I plan on putting one of the older two in charge of weekly tortilla making. Yum!
Another thing before I go.... see that lovely green guacamole? It's from those avocados that I mashed up almost 3 weeks ago and have put through my vacuum sealer. What a great purchase that was!
Anyhow,  these were great and definitely worth the time. 
I hope you enjoy!!!


  1. So glad that you are posting more often again! The tortillas look so good and I am going to try to make some soon. Blessings, Carolyn from Florida

    1. Hi Carolyn!!!
      Thank you so much for your kind words and for your visit. What a blessing to hear those words. I often feel I am talking to myself when I post. ;)
      I hope you have great success with the tortillas, they were great fun to make and eat!

  2. Those tortillas look so yummy! May I say how cute your little pig bowl is, love it!

  3. Dear Chas,
    I wonder if you could make these gluten free? Thanks for demonstrating how to use a tortilla press. I've thought about it before, and pictured pretty much what you did, but didn't know for sure. You've removed the wonder and replaced it with a solid idea.
    Those look so good.