Quite a while ago (pre-roof disaster) I picked up an expensive bag of spelt flour and it has been sitting in my cupboards whispering for me to give it a try.
I had heard that it was pretty interchangeable with regular flour and much healthier. I finally opened up that fancy bag tested it in my kitchen.
I came across the original recipe (not using any spelt flour) via this blog. It is inspired by The Homesick Texan and adapted from The Border Cookbook. The following recipe is my version of these popular tortillas:
In a food processor mix together 1 1/2 cup all purpose flour, 1/2 cup spelt flour, 1 1/2 tsp baking powder and 1 tsp of salt.
Slowly add 3/4 cups of warm milk and 2 tsp of vegetable oil. I used safflower.
For me, this is the perfect consistency. I added enough liquid for it to come together and form a ball. If it is too dry, add more warm milk.
Form into a ball, put into a bowl and cover with plastic wrap for 20 minutes.
Cut dough into 8 somewhat equal pieces.
The pieces were a little too large for my tortilla press so I rolled them as thinly as I could with my rolling pin on a floured board.
In a pretty hot skillet turned down to medium heat, cook the tortillas until they are nicely browned on either side, around 30 seconds per side.
There is definitely more of an earthiness to these tortillas and I could taste the nuttiness people always mention when using spelt flour. They made wonderful soft beef tacos and I love that they have additional nutritional value thanks to using some spelt flour. I did notice these dried out faster than the flour tortillas I had made in the past so I do not imagine myself ever making these with 100% spelt flour.
If you follow me on Facebook you know that I have been having fun experimenting with this flour and yes, a spelt flour pizza will be coming up on my blog in the near future. It is too bad that spelt still has gluten so those looking for gluten-free tortillas will have to keep looking but any way I can sneak more nutritional value into my food makes me happy.
Man, now I want a soft beef taco for breakfast!