Mica Tortilla Chef Flatbread Maker (DISCONTINUED)

Note: This product has been discontinued by the manufacturer.

Electric tortilla and flatbread maker
850 watts
Weight 4 1/4 pounds
Upper and lower non-stick cooking surfaces, each 8 inches in diameter
Stainless steel outer case
Thermostat indicator light
UL approved

In the Haycraft home, we love whole grain tortillas for a variety of meals including Mexican pizzas, burritos, wraps, quesadillas, tostada casseroles and just for eating out of hand.

Good quality tortillas can be expensive to purchase, and like other pre-packaged items, they might not be available when you need them. I like the idea of making as many of our foods as possible at home. This way I can make sure the best ingredients go into our foods, and I can always have them when I need them for a recipe without having to run to the store. Also, in most cases, the cost of homemade tortillas is a fraction of the cost of store-bought. This is a GOOD thing when trying to save money!

I have tried different methods of rolling tortillas and yes, OK, my hand-rolled tortillas do resemble the great state of Texas! I confess that because tortilla-rolling is so time-consuming and cumbersome for me with a physical disability, I have not made homemade tortillas as regularly as my family would like. When I do, I dread the effort and time it takes.

This ALL changed when I received the Mica Tortilla Maker to review. As I removed the Tortilla Maker from the box, my family gathered around and pronounced this thing as “cool”! I must concur. It is definitely “cool”. It is “cool” because it works and it works well.

The criteria that I use to review a product is pretty simple. The product must live up to its claims in performance and in the end must be worth its cost, whether it is an essential purchase or not. For me, the Mica Tortilla Maker lives up to its claims. In my opinion, it is worth the purchase price and pays for itself with savings over buying tortillas.

The Mica Tortilla Maker is very simple to use and clean. The 8 inch non-stick surface wipes clean when cool. No washing is necessary – a definite plus. The entire unit weighs less than 5 pounds can be moved and stored easily. (Be sure to wait until the unit has completely cooled before moving or storing.)

I prepare my dough in my Bosch mixer, but the dough can be made by hand, in a food processor, Kitchen Aid or any mixer. Even a bread machine will work! Then, I let the dough rest 30 minutes. Next, I preheat the Mica (open) until the red light goes off while dividing the dough into portions and rolling each into a ball awaiting the cooking process. When the unit is ready, I start by placing a ball of dough, that I have hand-flattened slightly, onto the warmed surface. Then with gentle pressure (not pressing down too hard), I close the lid and press the handle for only about ONE second, then turn the tortilla and repeat one to two more times until the tortilla is round and flat. The diameter of the cooking surface is 8 1/4 inches, so the size of the tortilla can be between 7-8 inches.

Then with the unit open, the tortilla cooks on the bottom heating surface for about 30 seconds to one minute. The surface will show little bubbles. I then, (with my hand), flip the tortilla over to cook on the other side, about 30 seconds.

The unique feature of the Mica Tortilla Maker is that you can close the top lid to cook roti and other flatbreads on both sides at once, and the bread will puff. Other tortilla makers I tested were not able to perform this function. This flattening and cooking process is so easy that I enjoy making double and triple batches. The tortillas freeze well and work well for batch-cooking.

Overall, I found that the Mica Tortilla Maker was a well-performing product that saved me not only time and effort, but a great deal of money. I recommend this product highly and I use it regularly in my own kitchen.

Basic Flour Wrappers (Basic Flour Tortillas*)
From: Wrapping it Up! Making Sensational, All-Occasion Wrappers And Fabulous Family Meals
© 2002 Vickilynn Haycraft

Makes 8-10 eight inch wrappers

  • 1 cup warm water (100-115 degrees)
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1/4-1/2 teaspoon salt
  • about 2 or more cups flour of your choice to make supple, moist dough

Optional ingredients

  • 1-2 tablespoons honey or sweetener of your choice
  • pinch chili powder
  • pinch ground cumin
  • pinch garlic powder

*If you leave out the sweetener and all the optional ingredients, and press it thinner, this is a traditional flour tortilla.

Mix desired ingredients and knead briefly. The dough should be moist, but not sticky. Let dough rest, covered, for at least 30 minutes. Divide dough into portions; roll into equal-sized balls, about 2 -3 inches in diameter. Cover dough balls with a clean, slightly damp towel to prevent dough balls drying out.

Preheat the Mica (unit open) until the indicator light goes off. Flatten one dough ball slightly and place it on the upper portion of the bottom plate (closest to the hinge). Gently, press the top lid down and hold 1-2 seconds. Open lid, turn the flattened dough and repeat one to two more times, or until the dough is flattened and round. Let tortilla cook about 30 seconds to one minute and flip it over. Let it cook 30 seconds more, remove to a rack and cover with a clean towel. Repeat with remaining dough balls. Do not overcook the tortillas or they will become hard.

Note: This product has been discontinued by the manufacturer.

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About Vickilynn Haycraft

A student of health and nutrition for 30 years, Vickilynn Haycraft has over 25 years of actual hands-on experience reviewing and personally using different tools of the homemaking vocation, focusing on the areas of health and nutrition. Vickilynn is a magazine columnist, product reviewer, cookbook author and now radio talk show host, as well as being full-time wife and mom to 5 children. Read Vickilynn's Product Reviews and Family Preparedness Articles at Examiner.com. She blogs at the Real Food Living Blog.