11 votes

Why does boiling water make dough taste sweet?

Flour is mostly starch, and starches are long chains of sugar molecules. When you add hot water to starches they gelatinize and burst, and these gelatinized starches soften the dough. Gelatinization ...
GdD's user avatar
  • 74.2k
11 votes
Accepted

How do you make homemade tortillas if the masa or corn meal is raw?

In order for you to make tortillas, the corn needs to be nixtamalized, which you need to do when the corn is in its whole kernel form. Nixtamalization uses lime (cal), not yeast. Since the corn will ...
FuzzyChef's user avatar
  • 58.7k
10 votes
Accepted

Why use lard in tortilla dough?

Rendered pork fat—manteca de cerdo—is our preferred cooking fat throughout this book. Lard has a relatively high smoke point so it is ideal for frying, and it provides a richness, dimension, and ...
thrig's user avatar
  • 716
7 votes

Nixtamilizing Corn for Tortillas

Too long for comment so: I should think fresh would work. It's just dried that comes prehydrated. I'd cut down on boiling time. Say 5 cup corn, 1.5 gallon water, 1/4 cup CaOH (Cal, slaked lime, ...
Wayfaring Stranger's user avatar
6 votes

Can I use a crêpe pan instead of a comal?

Based on personal experience: yes. I'd recommend the frying pan over the crepe pan, because the frying pan likely has a thicker bottom and can just be left on low heat for an even heating surface. ...
FuzzyChef's user avatar
  • 58.7k
5 votes
Accepted

Can you make tortillas/pitas on stainless steel?

Tweaking your technique, rather than pan choice, may help a bit - people often use whatever is to hand to make recipes, and what you have is what you have as far as pans go. I've used the same ...
Megha's user avatar
  • 11.7k
5 votes
Accepted

Trying to improve a vegetarian wrap by adding spinach

Fresh uncooked washed baby spinach would be best. Just the leaves, no stems. If you wanted to, you could lay the spinach out over the wrap, then put the fried ingredients on while hot, so that they ...
bob1's user avatar
  • 13.3k
4 votes
Accepted

Substitute nixtamalized corn flour for corn meal + corn starch

I don't think that substitution will work out as you wanted. Nixmatalization changes the composition of the corn hull, the treatment weakens the tough outer shell and generally makes it very ...
Megha's user avatar
  • 11.7k
4 votes

Tortilla press geometry problems

With no pictures of your press it is hard to make suggestions. But assuming your press has metal plates with loops and a pin for the hinge, and if you can take it apart, you might be able to lengthen ...
Oklahoma Joe's user avatar
4 votes

How can I make corn tortillas as thin as store bought?

There are a variety of reasons your tortillas might be thicker than you'd like. My first tip to you is to line your tortilla press with a thick plastic sheet on each side instead of paper; I use a ...
FuzzyChef's user avatar
  • 58.7k
3 votes

How to get rid of extra flour on homemade pizza dough and tortillas

All around the world, wherever flatbread is stretched or rolled, there seems to be that lovely move at the end of the process, where the sheet is thrown from hand to hand. Anything from the simple '...
Robin Betts's user avatar
  • 1,865
3 votes

How to get rid of extra flour on homemade pizza dough and tortillas

Although they are generally advertised as being for clearing one’s bench of flour, I’ve seen bakers use a flour brush of this sort to remove excess flour from scones etc.
Spagirl's user avatar
  • 3,204
3 votes

Nixtamilizing Corn for Tortillas

Since you posted this, I've dug into a couple of my cookbooks that have instructions on corn nixtamalization, such as Hot Bread Kitchen, and looked at multiple Internet resources (see below). Every ...
FuzzyChef's user avatar
  • 58.7k
3 votes

Can you make tortillas/pitas on stainless steel?

My tortilla griddles are 14-16 gauge mild steel, made in Mexico, and purchased at the local Mexican grocery for ~$12.00 each. Each rectangular griddle covers two burners, so workflow is 4 tortillas at ...
Wayfaring Stranger's user avatar
3 votes
Accepted

How long does tortilla dough keep for?

It's absolutely fine to make the dough in advance, just don't let it dry out. It even freezes well. There is more good information on Serious Eats on the subject. Keep it on the counter for up to a ...
Jolenealaska's user avatar
  • 58.4k
3 votes

Making flour tortillas softer and more elastic

My aunt users my grandmother's recipe and they are the thickest most pliable and delicious tortillas I've ever had, similar to the texture and taste of Taco Cabana but thicker and tastier and she ...
ATX guy's user avatar
  • 39
3 votes

Trouble making corn tortillas

Old post but the way I get my corn tortillas thin is putting the ball between plastic wrap and using a glass casserole dish to flatten them it works better than a press I think the tortillas are still ...
Bbcakes 's user avatar
3 votes
Accepted

Why do my homemade tortillas turn hard at first but then become soft?

It's because the moisture is distributing throughout the tortilla. Same thing happens to bread when it's baked. The crust is hard but there is still a lot of moisture inside which will moisten and ...
myklbykl's user avatar
  • 4,674
2 votes

Trouble making corn tortillas

This question is a very old post, but I'm going to go for it anyway. I assume you mean Masa Harina or Maseca masa. I use Maseca Nixtamasa. This recipe gives me 100 % consistency (with corn tortillas, ...
Kar's user avatar
  • 21
2 votes

How do I defrost frozen flour tortillas?

If you've got the time, just put them (back) in the fridge for a couple of days. I always keep some frozen (mostly because I have more room in the freezers than in the fridge).
James's user avatar
  • 1,821
2 votes

How can I get a corn tortilla to be pliable enough to work with?

i have kind of given up on having perfect store bought corn tortillas. so i decided to just layer them all across the bottom of a casserole dish and then filling and then all across the top with ...
Tracy Sharp's user avatar
2 votes

Tortilla press geometry problems

I made my own press, using two square maple boards. I put a piece of cardboard the correct thickness for tortillas between the two boards before tightening the hinge in place. This gives me perfectly ...
Wayfaring Stranger's user avatar
2 votes

Can I replace Lard with Ghee in tortillas?

You could try substituting leaf lard for regular lard. Lard has characteristics that make it perfect for tortillas. But the big square bricks of MANTECA sometimes taste piggy even to me. Leaf ...
Willk's user avatar
  • 6,596
2 votes

How to make corn tortillas without masa harina

You cannot make tortillas from arepa flour or from polenta. In both cases, no amount of treatment of the grain will result in the tortilla holding together when you remove it from the press. I did ...
FuzzyChef's user avatar
  • 58.7k
2 votes
Accepted

Preventing/Cleaning burned masa on a comal

This is a great question. I use a carbon steel paella pan as a comal when making tortillas. I keep my carbon steel very clean and well seasoned, but I notice that when making tortillas, after the ...
moscafj's user avatar
  • 73.1k
1 vote

Tortilla press geometry problems

Some are using taco presses for lino cutting - the same space problem exists and opening up - and gauging the gap with card or whatever you wish to press and then opening up the hinge in some way (...
Nelson Mc's user avatar
1 vote

Tortilla press geometry problems

The direct answer to your question is "yes". My press has too much relief at the hinge, so has the opposite problem to yours. Mine leaves them too thick at the hinge & wafer-thin at the '...
Tetsujin's user avatar
  • 28.8k
1 vote

Why use lard in tortilla dough?

I have found that using lard to make tortillas allows me to shape them more easily with a rolling pin, because it becomes a very workable dough just with handling at body temperature. I would not use ...
Mike Caprio's user avatar
1 vote

storage tips for fresh corn tortillas

There is more than one type of pre-made corn tortillas that you can buy in the store. What you'll find in American grocery stores are shelf-stable, and those don't really benefit from refrigeration, ...
Joe's user avatar
  • 79.3k
1 vote
Accepted

storage tips for fresh corn tortillas

My personal experience is that corn tortillas will stay more pliable if stored at room temperature, but may not last as long. I'd assumed that I could find some head-to-head tests from one of the ...
FuzzyChef's user avatar
  • 58.7k

Only top scored, non community-wiki answers of a minimum length are eligible