Homemade Tortillas

Posted By Kerri

It’s been a while since we had a weekend at home without any plans. Since before Christmas in fact. My favourite way to spend a Saturday is to eat breakfast in bed while watching Saturday Kitchen, followed by an afternoon in the kitchen which is exactly what we did today.

Since we had plenty of time today, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to christen our new tortilla press, bought for us by Stephen’s mum at Borough Market last weekend. This has been on our wishlist since we started experimenting with Mexican food last year and it’s very easy to use: simply mix together 250g of the tortilla flour (also bought at Borough Market, via coolchile) with 330ml of warm water and leave for 15 minutes before forming into small balls – we got 13 from that amount.

Cover both sides of the press in cling-film, place the dough ball in the middle and apply some pressure until a tortilla-shaped circle is formed.

Fry in a hot, dry frying pan for 15 seconds, turn over and fry for 30 seconds, turn again and heat until the tortilla puffs. Repeat 13 times. Then put the battery back into your smoke alarm.

These turned out really well, slightly too thick perhaps but with a good, corny flavour. I’m sure you could make perfectly adequate tortillas without a press but this way is much more fun. And just look at the pretty colour.

We cooked a batch of these today to use for tonight’s dinner. We might actually need to make some more since completing an exhaustive taste test this afternoon.

Feb 20th, 2010

6 Comments to 'Homemade Tortillas'

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  1. Jules said,

    I want a tortilla press now! They look great.
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  2. Stephen said,

    Jules, they are really good! We have been planning to buy one for ages but have never gotten round to it… clearly we should learn from this and not procrastinate about things in the future 😉

  3. Lizzie said,

    They look brilliant. I imagine the press would work well for other things, like Chinese dumpling wrappers (though far smaller)
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  4. Gareth said,

    They do look a bit thick – does it not taste a bit doughy with the food?

  5. Stephen said,

    They were a little thick, we’ll see if we can make them thinner next time. We followed the recipe as to how big to make the balls, etc, but will try to make them a little smaller next time.

  6. Gareth said,

    Let me know how they go – maybe I can put one on the wedding list! 🙂

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