About this recipe:Go on, have a go at making these yourself! A simple mixture of masa harina (fine cornmeal) and water results in the most wonderful fresh tortillas you've ever tasted. The secret is to use a cast iron pan. Most supermarkets sell masa harina now. Traditionally, salt and a little lime juice are added with the masa harina but you can try this once you've mastered the basics.
Makes: 15 tortillas
400g masa harina (cornmeal)
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Method Prep:20min › Cook:15min › Ready in:35min
In a medium bowl, mix together masa harina and hot water until thoroughly combined. Turn dough onto a clean surface and knead until pliable and smooth. If dough is too sticky, add more masa harina; if it begins to dry out, sprinkle with water. Cover dough tightly with cling film and allow to stand for 30 minutes.
Preheat a cast iron frying pan or griddle to medium-high.
Divide dough into 15 equal-size balls. Using a tortilla press, a rolling pin, or your hands, press each ball of dough flat between two sheets of clingfilm or parchment paper.
Immediately place tortilla in preheated pan and allow to cook for approximately 30 seconds, or until browned. Turn tortilla over to brown on second side for approximately 30 seconds more, then transfer to a plate. Repeat process with each ball of dough. Keep tortillas covered with a towel to stay warm and moist until ready to serve.