I love homemade flour tortillas. When I was a kid, my mom would make dozens and dozens of them at a time. First she would mix the dough, then form it into many little greased, rounded lumps of dough, then she would call all the kids into the kitchen. We would gather around the table and roll the dough out into tortillas while my mother cooked them on the long griddle. Nothing beats a tortilla, hot from the grill, slathered in butter.
I stopped making them very often because I am supposed to eat whole grains, and I just don’t like whole wheat tortillas. Yesterday, I had an inspiration, probably because I am reading lots of D.E. Stevenson books which are set in Scotland. The characters keep talking about oatcakes, so I thought of grinding oatmeal up in the coffee grinder and using it instead of half the flour. It has a much more ‘white flour’ taste than whole wheat flour. I used the tortilla recipe in the book Rancho Cooking by Jacqueline Higuera McMahan. I love this book, especially because her Old California red enchiladas are nearly identical to my mom’s.
I followed her recipe for ‘a granddaughter’s flour tortillas’ exactly, except that I used half King Arthur White Wheat Flour and half ground oatmeal (old-fashioned, not quick cooking). She uses oil instead of lard for a healthier tortilla, and has an interesting technique of combining the oil with some of the flour mixture and freezing it to make a shortening-like substance. This is then cut into the rest of the flour. These tortillas are soooooo good. I see a lot of oatmeal/whole wheat tortillas in my future.
This book is still available on Amazon, though I think it has been reissued under the name, California Rancho Cooking.