Homemade Corn Tortillas Cooking with Kids

My child came home one day, super excited about a story he read at school! He pulls out his school book from his backpack, and shows me the page of the recipe.  

He says, "¡Mamá let's make tortillas!" It's a short story from his school text book, and I can't remember the story line but it surely made an impression on him.  

Of course, I've never made homemade corn tortillas. So this was going to be a challenge especially since I didn't have a tortilla press.  So I improvised with two plates, and some saran wrap (plastic wrap).  My sweet mom later on sent me a two tortilla press that I now use instead of the plates. :) 

Here's the tortilla recipe: 
  • 2 cups masa harina (traditional corn flour) 
  • 1 tsp. sea salt 
  • 1/4 tsp. baking soda 
  • 2 cups very warm water 
  • 1 tsp. oil 

In a large bowl, mix corn flour, salt, baking soda, warm water and oil. Stir until dough stays together and does not break apart. Knead until dough forms a large ball. It should be soft and not sticky. Cover and let stand for two minutes. Pull off balls of dough, and roll each one into a small ball circle. Flatten with the press or (like we did with two plates).  Heat a heavy iron pan (or an electric skillet).   Cook the tortillas until both sides are golden brown.  

Makes 12 tortillas. 

I have to admit these came out yummy although the texture was just missing something.... but I'll figure it out. Practice makes perfect, no? 
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