Saturday, May 18, 2013

Homemade Corn Tortillas

-1 Cup Masa Harina (corn flour, find it at your local grocery store on the international foods row)
-1.5 tsp salt
-At or less than 1/2 C of warm water

Plop the flour and salt in a bowl.  SLOWLY add just enough water until the dough comes together. Knead it for a few minutes and add in a little more corn flour if needed.  It should be moist but not sticky.

If you buy the flour from WalMart and the bag is white and orange do NOT follow the directions on the pack.  They are completely wrong.  I mean like so wrong you end up using half your bag of flour just to get it back to the right consistency.

Anyway, divide the dough into about 6-7 little balls, or fewer larger ones depending on what size you want your end product to be.  You may be able to tell from this picture that I made some of pretty much every size...well hey we can't all be perfect.

Put the dough ball between two sheets of PLASTIC WRAP.  No subs.  Definitely NOT wax paper that you already had out and figured it would work just as well...IT DOESN'T.

You have many options for flattening them.  A rolling pin is not one of them.  Flatten them between the plastic wrap using a plate, a cookie sheet, a cake pan, a cutting board, whatever you have handy that you can apply sufficient pressure to smash them thin. Very gently remove the plastic wrap.  You could buy a tortilla press.  I would really like to have one of those after these.

Get a skillet heated on medium high and cook the tortillas on each side until brown.  It should take about 20 to 30 seconds depending on your stove, skillet, etc. all of those other differences between cooktops and whatnots.  You can use a griddle too if you like.

Top them with your favorite taco toppings and MARVEL at how fantastically delicious they are in every way imaginable.  Quite frankly, this summer may consist of some more flour tortillas, but they will not be happening in my grad apartment when I get back.  I LOVE the taste of these corn ones so much better.  And the texture is much more to my liking.

Flavored wheat wraps may definitely still happen, however. 

Happy crafting!

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