Monday, May 18, 2009

Fresh homemade Corn Tortillas

Tortillas de Maiz are easy to make so anyone can prepare them. The freshness of homemade tortillas will definitely enhance the quality of your dish. It requires more time than store-bought tortillas but the effort is worth it.

Makes about 12-15 tortillas

•1 3/4 cups masa harina Maseca brand

•1 1/4 cups warm water

Combine water and masa in a bowl. Break it up and knead it a few times until smooth. Gently squeeze the dough. If it is stiff, add some more water and until it feels soft like cookie dough. It should not feel sticky. Divide into 12-15 pieces and form into a ball. Cover.

Cut two squares of plastic to cover the inside of tortilladora press. Lay a dough ball into the center and cover top and bottom. Gently flatten the dough into a disk. Be careful peeling off the plastic from the tortilla.

Heat a cast iron skillet or griddle over a burner and get it medium-high heat. Lay the tortilla down carefully starting with one side instead of plopping it down.

When the edges of the tortilla will have dried slightly (30-45 seconds), turn it over and cook the other side for 30-45 seconds. You will see the tortilla puffing up in places. Total cooking time is about 1.5 to 2 minutes.

Transfer tortillas to a Warmer or a plate covered with a towel.

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