Homemade Flour Tortillas and Vegan Quesadillas

Yesterday when I was too lazy to drive to the store to buy tortillas, I was reminded of my friend Colleen mentioning making her own. Making these babies from scratch was a much more favorable option than trekking the 5 minute drive through the suburbs to Stop & Shop in my head, not to mention the chances of me finding vegan tortillas could’ve been pretty slim. Damn you mono,-di-glycerides! No yeast needed, these were pretty easy to concoct. I know making your own tortillas seems pretty badass, and I mean, I AM pretty badass, but do not be intimidated. A quick Googling pulled up this recipe from Instructables. Easy peasey. That said….ONWARD!
Homemade Flour Tortillas!

Yield: 8 tortillas

Fresh tortillas, why not make your own?

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup warm "milk" of choice (I used almond milk because it was already opened)

Instructions

  1. Combine the first 4 ingredients in your mixer (flour, baking powder, salt and veg oil) and let 'er rip. It'll be super dry and crumbly, but that's cool. You just want everything to be well incorporated. Next, add the warm "milk" (I just microwaved mine for 45 seconds) slowly, 1/4 cup at a time until you end up with a smooth and well-mixed sticky mess.
  2. On a well-floured surface, knead the dough for a full 5 minutes until it's not a big sticky mess. I was lazy, so I just dumped a couple handfuls of flour in my KitchenAid mixer and revved that for 5 minutes until the dough wasn't sticking to everything anymore.
  3. After you have a smooth and not quite as sticky dough, place it in a bowl and cover with a damp cloth for 20 minutes. This step is important so that your dough can rest a wee bit and become more manageable.
  4. After the 20 minutes, cut/rip the dough into 8 equal pieces, roll them into little balls and place them on a plate (make sure they're not touching!) covered with the damp cloth for another 10 minutes.
  5. On a floured surface, pat your balls (lolz) into little circles about 4 inches in diameter.
  6. Take a rolling pin and roll out the circles into 8 inch rounds, starting from the middle and moving out.
  7. Heat up a pan and keep it dry - this means no oil or anything of the like.
  8. Once your tortillas are sufficiently flat (this was the hard part for me) place them one at a time in the pan for about 30 seconds per side, or less, depending on how hot your pan is. They'll get little (or big) bubbles when they're done.
  9. Keep the cooked ones warm in a cloth towel until you're ready to eat them or alternatively, if you don't want to eat them all at once, you can store 'em in foil or something in the refrigerator for a few days.
  10. Try re-heating them up in the oven wrapped in foil for best effect before serving.
http://vegannomnoms.net/2009/06/homemade-flour-tortillas.html
Then…you can make….quesadillas!

OM NOM NOM!

Just fyi, one of my favorite recipes for vegan cheese sauce is from Shmooed Food, the blog of the person who does Vegan Lunch Box and the recipe can be found here. But I know you’re lazy, so here:

Nacho Cheese Cip
from the Shmooed Food Blog

– 2 cups water
– ¼ cup raw cashews
– one 4 oz. jar pimentos, drained (I usually use jarred roasted red peppers or roast my own)
– 1 cup nutritional yeast flakes
– 2 tbsp. cornstarch
– 1 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
– 1 ½ tsp. salt, or to taste
– ½ tsp. onion powder
– ¼ tsp. garlic powder
– ½ tsp. cumin, heaping

Combine all ingredients in a blender. Whizz until smooth. Transfer to a saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly until it thickens (about 5 minutes). Nom!


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  1. We also use the homemade tortillas to make flour tortilla chips for snacking (using KA flour and doing our part to be made of a little less corn). You use a pizza cutter to cut them into 6-8 triangles and then lay these on a cookie sheet. Spray them with a little canola oil and broil then for 2-5 minutes. They get nice and crispy and are really great with bean chili!

    The Breadmaker / Reply
  2. Oooo, that’s such a good idea! Now I can make nachossssssssss!

    Nicole / Reply

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