Corn Tacos with the New Tortilla Press

My previous attempts at corn tortillas were hindered by a lack of a tortillas press. A trip to to a local hardware-plus store saw me get a tortillas press for £4… so it’s taco time!

Last time I tried a BBC recipe: normally reliable, but in this case it was way off. So I turned to my trusty America’s Test Kitchen cookbook and found their version:

  • 2 cups masa harina
  • 1 tsp vegetable oil
  • 1/2t tsp salt
  • 2 cups water (maximum)

So as Soph is making the chili that these tacos are for, I’m in the dining room ready with my new toy to make the tacos.

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The mas harina, oil and salt get mixed together, then 1 1/4 cups of water are added and you mix to form a dry dough. You then knead the dough adding more water until it starts to get sticky, and then you rest it for 5 minutes.

CameraZOOM-20131020172112146The recipe calls for 3 tbsp sized balls of dough, which I happen to know is the size of a mash potato scoop, and I got 10 of these measures from my dough (not the 12 they said it would make, but much better than the 24 estimate of the BBC recipe!).

CameraZOOM-20131020173034565Then it’s time for the new toy: the tortillas press (picked up for £4 from a local hardware store!). The balls go between sheets of baking parchment to avoid any sticking issues.

CameraZOOM-20131020173103508The machine works really well: no matter where I placed the dough it seemed to squish it out nicely into a circular tortilla.

CameraZOOM-20131020173446516These then get fried in a dry non-stick frying pan until they get some colour on them. I initially tried doing this in a small, thin frying pan at full heat, but it didn’t have the heat needed, so I switched to a big heavy one on a slightly lower heat and that worked better once it was warmed up

CameraZOOM-20131020174850693So that’s tortillas… now they need turning into taco shells. This is done by baking them for 10 minutes at 200c fan. To get a curve in them I draped them over an up-turned muffin tray (and forgot to take a picture of if…).

Once cooked they were served up with Soph’s amazing 5 chili chili!

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