This recipe is based on an article in the San Jose Mercury News by Stacy Diaz. I tried it and didn't need near as much water as the recipe indicated. The dough should not be sticky. This recipe is healthier since it uses oil instead of shortening.
- Mix the dry ingredients.
- Add oil and mix with hands.
- Mixing with your hands, add water a little at a time, until you get a soft dough.
- You should be able to mix in all the dry ingredients, but the dough shouldn't be sticky.
- (You can add in more flour if you add too much water.) On a floured surface, knead the dough for 2- 4 minutes, adding flour if the dough is sticky.
- Form dough into a ball, cover with towel and place upside down bowl over dough.
- Let the dough rest for 15-20 minutes.
- NOTE: the dough will not rise, this just rests the gluten.
- Heat ungreased griddle to medium-high.
- Break off golf-ball sized pieces of dough and flatten into 5 inch circles.
- On a floured surface roll out tortillas using a back and forth motion, turning the tortilla 1/4 turn after each roll.
- Flip the tortilla at least once.
- Place tortilla on hot griddle and cook till bubbles rise (20-25 seconds).
- Flip and cook on the other side 20-25 seconds.
- Finished tortillas will be speckled with brown.
- Place cooked tortilla in a bowl covered and lined with a towels.
- NOTE: When you get good you should be able to roll out a tortilla while one on the griddle cooks.