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Old 01-01-2014, 05:11 PM   #1
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Help on Corn Tortillas - homemade

I'm using Masa Harina and the recipe on the bag (white bag).

When rolling, they either stick too much or fall apart. I am super frustrated. I made other breads so I understand needing to adjust flour/water. I've tried using parchment and wax paper and just on the counter.

Using a rolling pin, don't have a tortilla press... perhaps that's the problem. But after searching all over the internet, everyone seems to be able to make them fine without the press.

What am I missing?
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Old 01-01-2014, 06:31 PM   #2
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I haven't got a clue. I have never made tortillas, but I would like to, so I want to see any answers and tips for making them.
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Old 01-01-2014, 06:41 PM   #3
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I should add, I think pressing with a plate works better than a rolling pin, but the dough still sticks and breaks.
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Old 01-01-2014, 06:53 PM   #4
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That's probably why Mexicans press them, either by hand or with a tortilla press

Try putting the dough ball inside a plastic bag and rolling or pressing it inside the bag. It's a hassle, but it might help.
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Old 01-01-2014, 06:55 PM   #5
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If you take waxed paper or cling wrap and the back of a cast iron pan, that works better. My experience pre-taco press days was that I could not make corn tortillas very well. They did crack and fall apart. My advice, go to ACE hardware and pick up a taco press. I think that is where I got mine in MN. It was around $12. I also tried using my Krumkake iron with cling wrap. That worked so-so.
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Old 01-01-2014, 08:11 PM   #6
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Would parchment paper work better?
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Would parchment paper work better?
Worth a try.
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Worth a try.

Maybe you could try it and report back. I don't make tortillas.
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I've been thinking of making tortillas...don't know if I'll get to them anytime soon...and, I have a tortilla press <g>.
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Old 01-02-2014, 09:04 AM   #10
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Did you let it rest before you tried to roll? Usually I make flour ones because I don't really like the corn but will make them for Craig sometimes, I've found it's a fine line between too much water or too much masa, which causes sticking and breaking/cracking respectively. I've found if I let the dough rest and all the liquid absorb into the masa, the texture just feels better (can't describe it, just something you have to feel to know) and then I can make adjustments if needed. I usually also lightly roll the dough ball into flour (or the meal if its the fine stuff) before I press.

I still use wax paper or parchment on the top and bottom of the dough in the press. Parchment does work better as far as sticking though.

I also use the press for dim sum dough to get it started as rolling out all the little balls of dough for that is extremely time consuming and the press gives it a good start though still leaves it too thick for dim sum.

Oh, resting time for me is at least an hour and usually longer as I tend to make the dough early in the day to try to break up standing on the feet time as much as possible. Wrap in plastic just like you would pastry, pasta, etc dough. I don't put in refrigerator though.

Just realized, which masa harina are you using, fine or coarse? Bought the coarse once and tried to use it, didn't like at all, nothing but problems even with letting it rest. Also REALLY didn't like texture of tortillas made with it.
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