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Sourdough Adventures and Awesome Tortillas

LindsayIf you are like me, then you have spent a lot of time wondering what to do with your sourdough starter, and almost no time doing anything about it. 

Just a couple of weeks ago, I found an amazing blog, Sourdough Surprises. They have a monthly challenge to find or adapt a recipe to use with their sourdough starters. I went bonkers when I found them. They have recipes for cinnamon rolls, focaccia, English muffins, bread, flat breads and tortillas, and so much more. 

I have since tried three different recipes; Cinnamon Rolls, Popovers, and Tortillas. My cinnamon rolls were hard, and my popovers fell, but my tortillas were AMAZING! I may never buy tortillas from the grocery store again!

finished tortillas 

a stack of finished tortillas 

My Pile of Homemade Tortillas

Here's the recipe that I used and some tips on how to make them great!

Sourdough Tortillas

2/3 cup sourdough starter
3 cups all-purpose flour
1  1/2 teaspoons salt
1/3 cup oil
1/2 cup very hot water (possibly more depending on how wet your starter is!)

In a large bowl, combine starter, flour, and salt. Mix until it looks like coarse crumbles. Add oil and water, alternately, and mix until completely incorporated. Knead for 5 minutes or until the dough becomes very smooth. I do this either in the bowl or on a lightly floured surface. Let the dough rest for about 30 minutes.

separating dough for tortillas 

divided dough 

Separate dough into 12 to 16 equal balls and roll flat. I used a rolling pin, and then stretched the rounds even thinner before I fried them up. The thinner the better! Cook on a dry frying pan on med heat for about 30 seconds on each side. Be careful not to over cook! You'll know you've done it right when they puff like so:

puffing tortillas 

puffing tortillas 

You Know It's Right When They Puff

Serve immediately with some delicious topping like taco meat or rice and beans, and enjoy!

These do keep well in the fridge for about a week, but good luck getting them to last that long!

You could easily make these in a food processor or stand mixer, and use a tortilla press to flatten the tortillas. I don't have any of these, so I had to do this old-school-style!

My Daughter Rolling out Tortillas

rolling dough for tortillas

My daughter loved helping me! She kept telling me that it was her turn to roll! My husband told me that they were a little slice of heaven on earth, so I must have done something right!

nebraskadave
1/26/2014 8:53:55 AM

Lindsay, kudos to your success in sourdough tortillas. I have dabbled with baking but never tried to acquire the skill for sourdough baking. I think it's great that you have jumped into something new and made it a success for the family. I'm looking forward to reading about other successes in future posts. ***** Have a great sour dough baking day.