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I sometimes make sandwich wraps using water, flour, salt and oil.

I mix salt, wheat flour and a tiny bit of olive oil and add hot water until I get a homogeneous sticky dough and let it rest for about 45 minutes. After that I roll it out down to about 1 mm. I heat up neutral oil in a pan and bake the flat round dough until bubbles show up, then turn it over.

But they always get so solid in their centers they can't be wrapped without braking them. They are more like flat, toasted noodles. This happens no matter what frying pan I use or temperature I use to bake them.

What am I doing wrong?

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    It sounds like you're trying to make flour tortillas. It might be helpful if you specified the amounts of each ingredient you use AND your technique - it would probably be MORE helpful for starters if you clarify how you cook your bread - you say you "bake them" but you also mention a "frying pan." – Stephen Eure Sep 27 '14 at 10:33
  • wow I wish I had that problem. I like crispy! – seasonedaddict Oct 2 '14 at 23:43
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If you are using a "tiny bit of olive oil," I'm sure you are using too little. I have only made tortillas using shortening and lard and when doing so, my fat weighed-in at nearly a quarter the weight of my flour. I don't know how you measure-out your ingredients, but that would be roughly 1/3 cup lard or shortening for 2 cups of flour (with a little over 1/2 cup water and maybe a teaspoon or so of salt). Also, I always used water that was cool to warm - never hot.

The fact that you are getting bubbles is a good sign. If you increase the fat percentage in your dough and still have problems, try rolling-out your tortillas thinner.

To be clear - I have never made tortillas using oil, I have only made them with shortening or lard. But having said that, the fat is certainly an important textural component of this unleavened bread.

  • So all in all you just suggest adding more fat? I'll try next time. Thanks! – Max Ried Sep 27 '14 at 12:16
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I very regularly make tortillas myself using a very similar method, and had exactly the same problem. As I'm trying to cut down on the amount of fat used, I have been putting less and less in recently, but I'm still getting them lovely and soft. Here is my recipe:

Ingredients:

60g of flour per tortilla (plain white works well, but I've had good results with brown flour too)

Water (In my experience, the temperature is irrelevant)

Olive Oil

  • Add water in small quantities and mix until the dough comes together, but is still quite dry (if it's too wet then you can knead it until all of the water is taken in, but try to keep it on the dry side)
  • Tear up the dough into little chunks and splash on a glug of oil (I'm afraid I can't be more specific about this as I never bother measuring it, but I don't put in much)
  • Combine the dough again, and knead it for a minute or two. This normally produces a smooth, pliable dough
  • Separate the large ball of dough into portions
  • On a floured surface, roll out each portion to the size of the frying pan (normally about 1-2mm thick)
  • Dry fry on each side for a few minutes, until bubbles are appearing and none of the dough is visibly raw
  • THEN (and this is the important step, as when I used to make them until this point, they also used to solidify) once fried, put the tortilla into the oven at a low temperature (50 degrees C) between two sheets of silver foil. What this does is keep them warm, and more importantly, keep the moisture in the tortillas. If you just put them in the oven (or leave them out) without the silver foil, all of the moisture will evaporate, and it'll become brittle, and not very wrappable.

I've have a very different experience to the other answer, where varying the amount of oil doesn't really change the texture that much, but can change the flavour (and their relative healthiness).

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