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Homemade Corn Tortillas
1 h 10 m
“Nothing beats the taste of freshly griddled corn tortillas! They are easy to make, but you do need masa harina, which is available in Latin American markets and large supermarkets. Masa harina is made from corn kernels that are dried, treated with lime and then ground into a fresh dough. The dough is dried and ground into a powder to make masa harina (which means dough flour).”
2 cups masa harina
1½ cups hot tap water
½ teaspoon salt
1Stir masa harina, water and salt together in a medium bowl. Knead the dough in the bowl with your hands for 2 minutes. The dough should feel smooth and easily form a ball in your hand. If the mixture is dry and crumbly, add more water, a tablespoonful at a time. If it is sticky, add a bit more masa harina. Cover the bowl with a kitchen towel and let the dough rest for 30 minutes.
2Divide the dough into 16 equal pieces. Keep the dough covered with a kitchen towel while you work. Roll 1 piece in your hands to form a ball. Place the ball between 2 pieces of plastic wrap and flatten with the palm of your hand. Use the palm of your hand or a rolling pin to flatten into a 5-inch disc. Alternatively, use a tortilla press to flatten the dough.
3Heat a small cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. Add the tortilla and cook until the edges start to curl and the bottom is browned in spots, 1 to 2 minutes. Turn over and cook until the underside is browned in spots, 30 seconds to 1 minute. Reduce heat to medium if the tortilla starts to burn. Shape and cook the remaining dough in the same manner. While a tortilla cooks, you can shape the next one. Stack the cooked tortillas and keep them wrapped in a clean kitchen towel to keep warm.
To make ahead: Refrigerate any leftover tortillas in an airtight container or sealable bag for up to 3 days.