The same can be said for corn tortillas as well.
I love flour tortillas, but in my search for whole grain, I wasn't finding anything out there I liked. That, on top of all the preservatives and processing that goes into making store bought tortillas, I decided to make my own.
There has been no going back since.
Making tortillas isn't rocket science. The recipe is right on the bag of masa. But give it a try. They are different from what you'll be used to. But like I said, there will be no going back.
To start with, don't confuse corn meal with masa.
This is what you want to look for....
(makes 16 tortillas)
2 c. masa (NOT corn meal)
1 1/4 c. water
1/4 tsp. salt
Yes, that's it.
Mix all the ingredients together with your hands. Keep "kneading" the dough with your hands for 1-2 minutes. The amount of water you'll need will vary each time you make these. Start with 1 1/4 c. and add more water, 1 T. at a time if needed, until the dough holds together. (Do not add too much water.)
Form into a nice flat round (like you would a pie crust.)
Cut into 16 equal pieces.
Cover the dough with a damp towel and start rolling into balls. If the dough still seems to be dry, dampen your hands.
Important: keep both the main ball of dough and the balls your are rolling covered with a damp cloth at all times.
After the balls are formed, continue covering with a damp cloth, and let them rest. (You can let these rest for 15 minutes to an hour.)
Cut off all four sides of a large freezer bag. Line the top and bottom of the ball in your tortilla press* and press away. (I like to rotate and press the tortilla four times.)
After you pressed one, cook the tortilla on a hot dry griddle for about 50 seconds per side.
Remove from griddle and cover with a dry cloth napkin or place in a tortilla warmer and cover.
Continue with the remaining balls.
After the tortillas have softened up and steamed for a few minutes you may eat them right away or store in a zip lock bag for a few days in the refrigerator.
Reheat, covered, in a tortilla warmer.
*If you don't have a tortilla press you can roll these out with a rolling pin between the layers of plastic. I've even placed them in the plastic on my kitchen floor, placed a large skillet on them, and then step into the skillet to flatten. It sounds nuts, but it worked pretty good.
If you really like these tortillas, invest in a good CAST IRON press from your mexican grocery store.
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