Day 8.  Just a real short blog today.  Very cloudy skies and lots of showers.  More on that tomorrow.  Even with the cloudy skies, the solar panels are providing 50 watts of power, enough for a quick post.

I wanted to tell you about a wonderful piece of equipment that I tried a couple of days ago.  It is a tortilla press.  Bread is a staple and without an oven, finding styles of bread that can be cooked in a pan is important.  Tortillas and Griddle Bread both work great for non-oven cooking.  I have especially enjoyed having tortillas.

The most time consuming part of making tortillas is rolling them out to a thin circle of dough.  A tortilla press makes that job easy.  I was so pleasantly surprised.  A good cast iron press is around $20 shipped.

Homemade Flour Tortillas

Makes six 8” Tortillas


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 tablespoons oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder


1. Whisk the flour, salt, and baking powder together in a mixing bowl.
2. Mix in the oil until the flour resembles cornmeal.
3. Add the water and mix until the dough comes together.
4. Place on a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic.
5. Divide the dough into 6 equal pieces, roll each piece into a ball.
6. Preheat a large skillet over medium-high heat.
7. Place a plastic sheet on each side of a tortilla press.
8. Press the dough ball several times, rotating a quarter turn after each press until the dough is a thin round tortilla.
9. Peel the plastic sheet from the tortilla and place into the hot skillet.
10. Cook until bubbly and golden; flip and continue cooking until golden on the other side.
11. Place the cooked tortilla in a tortilla warmer; continue rolling and cooking the remaining dough.

Optional – Top with sugar and cinnamon for a great treat or desert.

That’s it for today.  One week and counting.


Ed Rogers
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