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Jun 27, 2011 08:42 AM

Flour tortilla question

Is anyone aware of any flour tortillas that are mezonos? I know it's a real long shot, but I figured if anyone knows, it would be someone here.

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  1. I don't think I've ever seen it, but it would be a good idea. Not everyone accepts the idea of mezonot breadstuff. But for those who do, I can imagine some very nice kiddush options. I think a baker might be able to market it as flavor option, with a sufficiently charismatic juice. Tomato? Acai berry?

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    1. re: AdinaA

      I was menu planning for an upcoming kiddush and that's how I ended up with tortillas. I know I could use corn, but then I've got the problem of heating them up since I don't particularly like the taste of room temp corn tortillas and they don't really go with the filling I was going to use.
      I could just go with flour and cause everyone to need to bench, but I thought I'd try to be nice about it. :-)

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      1. There are many kosher tortillas out there, some even pas yisroel.
        Most are made of wheat but some are only corn. If that is the case, then you would make a shehakol.

        1. from my understanding liquid batters are mezonot... so all tortillas

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          1. re: teajoygreye

            I'm not sure your answer was complete, and I've never heard of the halacha you refer to, but either way, tortillas are made by rolling out regular dough, not from liquid batter. (Google any flour tortilla recipe.)

            1. re: queenscook

              Whoops, I've never made tortillas. That was according to one of the major bracha sites. However, as my husband points out - if they are fried and not baked, then they are not hamotzi automatically -- Only if you are eating quite a lot... just like the requirements for cake.

              Sorry, we're typically corn tortilla eaters... came across this when I was looking for a flour tortilla recipe that doesn't call for lard to try them out at home (found one).

              1. re: teajoygreye

                Quite a few of the national brands of flour tortillas are kosher. I buy Mission which has CRC.

                Our local rav says one must wash and do motzi on flour tortillas by the way, and we live in a community which has a high percentage of Mexican (ashkenazi if that makes a difference) and South American members.

                PS to OP...there are several flavored and colored tortillas on the market that are kosher. Mostly like spinach and jalapeno.

                1. re: teajoygreye

                  Flour (and corn) tortillas are cooked on a dry griddle.

            2. A bit off topic, but i was just at a shiur less than an hour ago given by Rav Moshe Heinemann (Star-K) where someone asked him what Brocho to make on "wraps". He said that since wraps do not have "holes" (i.e., is not "spongy", like bread) the correct Brocho is "Mezonos".

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              1. re: hanistor

                If I'm understanding the posts correctly, it sounds as if Rav Heinemann and SoCal Mother's rav are contradicting each other. Unless the Star-K defines wraps and tortillas as two completely different items.

                Sigh. So it seems my original question still stands.

                1. re: rockycat

                  You understood correctly. I was also told by my rabbi at college that wraps are mezonot. The answer as always is to check with your own Rabbi, or if the simcha is not at your shul, then the shuls rabbi.