Flour Tortillas, Aga Style

Taco Bell eat your heart out

Dear Agaphiles, I was thumbing thru some recipes and saw this beauty from 2009. Find some lard and make these. Complete fail at the 100/0 rule but worth it.


Anyone who knows me even a little will be quick to point out how much I love my Aga. I go on and on about how it improves this, is better at that, blah, blah, blah on and on I go. This recipe works best on an Aga. It makes tortillas in a snap. Sure you can do this on a skillet with low to moderate heat on your conventional cook top and get a good product. It won't match up to the Aga. The cast iron simmer plate is made for tasks like this. Perfect gentle heat

Aga's cost a bit but still are less than a crappy car and will last longer, give you more enjoyment and norepair hassles. Our heating bill actually went down after we added our Aga. If you are curious go to a cooking demo or just talk to someone who owns one. We are a cult, but we don't dress in sheets and ask for money in airports. Yet.

What do I do with fresh tortillas?

Eat the first one warm off the griddle with a little sweet butter, fill the next two with some left over chicken, good cheese and some pickled peppers and make a quesadilla on the Simmer Plate. Invite 2 friends over for some fatty burritos, use one for huevos rancheros, deep fry any you have left for tortilla chips. They should disappear pretty quick.

check out the fancy oversized Aga kitchen towel I got from my friend and fellow Aga enthusiaist Maxine

You will need a rolling pin and an Aga or a heavy flat skillet. This will make 8 outlaw tortillas

  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 cup lard or vegetable shortening
  • 1 cup warm water

In a large flat bowl add the flour, salt and baking powder, mix well

Add the lard and break up into the flour

Make a well and add the water

Pull into a soft dough ball

On a well floured surface knead the dough for 10 minutes and it get elasticicky

Cover and let rest for 5 minutes.

Divide into 8 equal pieces, keep covered while you working

Flatten into a disc and roll out into a 10"-12" circle

Gently place on the Simmer Plate and cook about 40 seconds until light brown a bubbly

Flip and cook on other side about 20-30 seconds longer

Place on a kitchen towel and cover with another towel

Repeat until all the dough is gone