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Friday, October 31, 2008

Homemade Corn Tortillas

Homemade Corn Tortillas.... I love making my own corn tortillas with out the preservatives that is usually added to the store bought ones. They are really easy to do especially if you have a tortilla press. I don't.... so it might take a bit longer, but then you get an authentic "rustic" look to them! Really, all you need is a bag of MASA flour and you are good to go. Hope yo enjoy...

Note: For about 16 corn tortillas follow instructions on the bag as follows or as follows~

Tip:... you can add some chopped cilantro and a bit of lime juice to the dough for an even better flavor

You will need:

2 cups masa flour (loose packed)
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/4 cups water


1. In a bowl mix ingredients until the dough comes together about 2 minutesIf the dough feels dry add a TBS of water at a time. You want to knead it a bit... for a minute or so. It will be the consistency of sandy play dough.

2. Divide dough into 16 parts. Cover with a damp towel.
3. Form each part into a smooth ball. If you have a tortilla press, line it with 2 sheets of plastic wrap and place each ball between the plastic wrap and press until tortilla measures about 5 to 6 in in diameter. Peel plastic wrap CAREFULLY. If it tears just press together again to seal. If you are careful, it just peels off.
~If you don't have a tortilla press do what I do and roll the balls between 2 sheets of plastic wrap using a rolling pin.
4. Preheat a skillet on med -high. You may want to heat 2 skillets if you can work quickly like I did to speed the process up a bit. Cook tortillas one a at a time for 50 seconds or so .
5. Turn on second side and cook for an additional 50 secs or so.
6. Cover tortillas...I usually cover with plastic wrap so that the heat steams them up a bit and they do not dry out. Use in your favorite dish...enchiladas tacos, etc.


Arista said...

they look good. im from honduras, and i will like to share a little tip...try making them thicker, thats how we eat them in my house. they taste great with cottage cheese...hope you like it!

Ellie said...

Arista, Thanks for stopping by...What a great idea! Thanks for sharing the tip. I've never thought of making the corn tortillas thicker....I'm sure they would taste wonderful with cottage cheese. I will surely have to try it. It sounds healthy,too. I like that:)! I really appreciate you dropping by. I'm always willing to try something different. So, thank you! ~Ellie