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are all familiar with both the corn and flour
tortillas but the original ones were of the native
corn only and, except in Northern Mexico, corn
tortillas remain the norm and the staple.
cups masa harina *
1/2 tsp. Salt
21/2 cups hot but not boiling water
harina (corn flour) can be purchased in most
supermarkets. Quaker and Maseca brands are both
excellent. If you are fortunate to have a specialty
Mexican market nearby, you can purchase the
masa dough freshly made and ready to press or
the masa harina and salt in a large bowl.
the water and mix with your hands to make a
dough that comes together in a soft ball. Continue
mixing and kneading until the dough is elastic
enough to hold together without cracking, about
using right away, divide the dough into 18 equal
portions and cover with plastic wrap or a damp
making ahead for later use, wrap the whole ball
in plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to 1
day and then divide.
form the tortillas:
a portion of dough between 2 pieces of plastic
with a tortilla press or roll out with a rolling
pin into a circle 6 or 7 inches in diameter.
Use your fingers to smooth any raggedy edges.
with the remaining portions until the dough
is used up.
cook the tortillas:
a heavy skillet, griddle or comal over high
heat until it begins to smoke.
the plastic wrap off a tortilla and place the
tortilla in the pan.
the heat to medium-high and cook for 30 seconds.
and cook on the other side for 1 minute.
again, and cook until the tortilla puffs a bit
but is still pliable, not crisp, about 30 seconds
and continue until all the tortillas are cooked.
right away as this is when they are the best.