Homemade Tortillas

I’ve only been to Mexico once, but in that seven day period on the piece of land south of the USA, I have to say I fell in love.

The opportunity to explore the land, its orange hills, its vast water views, its easygoing atmosphere.To food that delighted me, even to this day I can recall where I ate and what I had on those wonderful meals.

The people I met who showed the kindness I’ve come to know from that part of the world.

One of the greatest things Mexican cuisine has gifted the world is tortillas.

I mean you can make quesadillas, soft tacos, hard tacos, you can cut tortillas up and make nachos, all from a little thing called tortillas (if you want to say that right, lose the l sound).

Simply put, if you know how to make tortillas then you are only a few steps away from a great base for lunch or dinner. If you make the effort to make tortillas you are only moments away from a meal you will want to revisit. You have to get a little messy in the process, but who doesn’t want to return to the days of play-doh?

The beauty of this recipe is that if you don’t have a tortilla press than you can press a flat and heavy frying pan on top of the tortilla mix and it will create the same effect as a tortilla press.

Homemade Tortillas
Makes 20

2 cups masa flour
1 1/2 cups water
Coconut oil to cook

Place the masa flour and water in a bowl and stir through, if it seems a little dry add a little more water.

You want the mixture to be well combined and only slightly sticky to the touch.

Lay down one sheet of non stick baking paper on a flat surface and have another similar sized sheet close by.

Take a 1 tablespoon amount of the mixture and roll into a ball on the baking paper, and place between a tortilla press.

Cover with the second baking sheet and press down firmly.

Layer between greaseproof paper and repeat with the remaining mixture.

Preheat the oven to 80°C/175F.

Heat a skillet with the coconut until hot and slowly and carefully peel one tortilla from the baking paper.

Cook on medium to high for approximately 3 minutes or until lightly brown.

Repeat with the remaining tortillas, placing each on a plate and sitting in the warmed oven.

Serve as tacos, make quesadillas or make tostadas.

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