A couple weeks ago I posted about cooking from scratch. We had some great discussion in the comments afterwards! But there was one question that came up which didn't receive an answer. I'd like to revisit that question again today. Can anyone help us?

Question:

I would love to know your trick for making homemade tortillas! I tried just this week and it was a disaster. I couldn't get them thin enough without falling to pieces so we ended up with thick tortillas that wouldn't easily bend. We can get flour tortillas in the store, but a recent diagnosis of celiac disease has me attempting to make a lot more things myself now, so I found a recipe using corn flour, salt and water.

I make flour tortillas all the time, but I have never succeeded at corn tortillas. I tried two different times, and then gave up. :-) It seems to me that the corn flour lacks the stickiness necessary to roll out a good tortilla. But I know it must be possible!

So what are your tricks, ladies? Have any of you made corn tortillas? Would you be willing to share your recipe? How do you roll them out and fry them without everything falling apart?

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  • It may be possible to use some sort of fermentation process to dissolve the corn skins. If you live in a place where dry corn is easy to come by, it probably can't hurt to try. You could try drying the rest of the wet flour you don't use to keep for another time.

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  • http://glutenfreegirl.com/tag/tortillas/
    This is the GF tortilla recipe I used as a 'base.' If I remember right, I used a mix of oat flour, corn flour (not starch or meal), sorghum flour, and probably rice flour. I preferred to try using more whole grain flours. This woman does not use xanthan or guar gums, so her answer is psyllium husk, chia and flax seed meal (not all at once). So, if you have xanthan gum, you can substitute that for the psyllium. You can also just try eliminating that element altogether and see. I would recommend rolling between parchment paper, or I've found cereal bags to be really good for this too, if you either buy boxed cereal or have someone send you some of their used bags. I've also used a large bowl with a 'sharp' edge to cut the tortillas into circles after I rolled them. This evens out the edges, makes them prettier and easier to handle.

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  • Wow, ladies, this is definitely more complicated than I realized! Thanks for the good input. For now I think I'll stick with flour tortillas. :)

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