7/28/08

Homemade Corn Tortillas - the easy way










I know you are thinking, homemade tortillas for breakf
ast why bother? Well my job is to get kids interested in food and this is faster and more fun than you may think! Make the tortillas, fry some eggs add cheese and black beans and you have a meal.
Cast Iron Tortilla Press
You do need a tortilla press, but a few sheets of parchment and a rolling pin or two baking dishes will double as a press just fine. If you have a Mexican market near you you will likely find an inexpensive press there. You can pick up a bag of Maseca too. You can find this in the ethnic isle of your grocery store too. I use Maseca, code name, masa harina..... just add water, it is that easy. Now get the kids working it is just like playdough.

Follow the recipe on the bag.
I add a bit of salt and a squeeze of lime juice

Combine masa harina with water.

Mix with hands until dough is moist but holds its shape. Add more water if needed.

Let dough rest for 15 minutes. Divide dough into 12 balls. Dampen your hands slightly with water.

Using a tortilla press or two flat baking dishes, press dough between two pieces of waxed paper to a 6 inch round. Carefully peel off the top sheet of paper.

Place tortilla, paper side up, on a hot ungreased griddle or skillet. Gently peel off remaining paper.

Cook for 30 seconds or until edges begin to dry. Turn and cook until surface appears puffy. Repeat with remaining dough balls.

Keep warm in tin foil in a low oven.

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5 comments:

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Fratzels said...

I love to make homemade tortillas! Living in NH now makes me miss homemade tortillas. The people here think I am crazy, but once we invite them for dinner and serve them tacos with homemade tortillas - they go nuts for them.

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Andreea said...

oh wow - there is even a tortilla press - love it. now where could i get one in belgium? :)

Jennifer Carden said...

Fratzels, warm tortillas are the best! I am East Coast so they were new to me when I hit Cali!! Now I can't live without them.

Jennifer Carden said...

Andreea, Amazon ships but you could use parchment and a rolling pin, not as much fun though. You can also use the press for asian style dumpling/bun skins. It has tons of uses!