Do you know how easy it is to make corn tortillas?
They taste so good cooked fresh and are just lovely. It easier if you spend a bit of money, then get obsessed and put your new gadget to the test.
This gadget is a tortilla press; I got mine from one of the best food shops in the world, Ontrays in Petone. I also got the yellow and blue masa (corn) flour from the shop. The flour seems costly at first and then you realise how little is used for a good portion. I use around a cup for 8+ breads.
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I can’t really write out a recipe for these as they are that easy. I didn’t believe it until I was lucky enough to go to La Boca Loca for a Mexican food lesson.
Here is a basic guide-
1 cup of Masa flour
Enough cold water to make a playdoh like consistency that comes together when you get your hands in the mix
Heat 1 or 2 flat pans
Break dough into golf ball size rounds, you should get around 8
Get your press (or rolling pin/ 2 plates) and cut 2 pieces of greaseproof paper
Put 1 piece of paper on press and place ball on
Lightly squash the ball, just a little cover with other piece
Close the press, open and turn about 1/3, repeat and turn
To cook place in dry pan
Turn when the edges have started browning and get little dark spots
There is a knack in knowing when they are cooked and you need to find your personal preference.
The tortillas are not very big but big enough to get a couple of tasty bites
Put the tortilla in the pan, you kind of want to brown the edges and then flip
Put cooked tortillas between a folded clean tea towel to keep warm.
They really are excellent and easy. The ones in the photo below are served with a battered fish and were really good.