Basic Flour Tortillas


2 cups unbleached (or all-purpose) flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup canola or vegetable oil
2/3 cup warm water

Mixing notes:
Food processor method: Â place flour and salt in bowl of processor. Add oil or shortening and process for about 3 seconds. With machine running, pour water through feed tube in a steady stream. Let machine run until dough forms a ball. Dough should be a medium-stiff consistency.  If dough is too stiff, add a little more water.

Hand mixing method:  rub flour, salt and oil or shortening together with your fingers until completely incorporated and fine crumbs form. Pour water into dry ingredients and immediately work it in with a fork. Dough will be in large clumps. Sprinkle with flour and knead until smooth, about 2 minutes. Divide dough into 12 to 15 equal pieces, roll into balls, cover with plastic wrap, and let rest at least 30 minutes before baking.

Sweet tortillas: Add 2 tablespoons sugar and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon to flour.
Serve with fruit and powdered sugar, top with honey and serve warm, or serve with ice cream and your favorite topping. Crisp fry your sweet tortilla for a special touch.