Guatemalan tortillas made of corn are out of this world delicious. I am so intrigued to watch a Guatemalan woman shape a tortilla by hand. I have tried many times to no avail, I rely on my tortilla press. The clap, clap, clap sound of the hands forming the tortillas makes me jealous! One of these days, I will master the craft. This recipe is to make your own dough for the tortillas using corn flour, however you can buy masa for tortillas pre-made at most Latin markets. Either way they are delicious and totally worth the effort. A couple things you may need is a comal, and a tortilla press.
- 2 cups of maseca corn flour
- 1 1/4 cups of water
- 1/4 tablespoon of salt
- or 1 1lb. pre-made masa for tortillas can be found at your Latin supermarket. If using pre-made just shape and cook as noted below
Begin by mixing the corn flour with the water and salt.
Mix ingredients until you have reached a play-dough consistency. Remove a small piece, and roll dough into a small ball.
Shape the tortillas by hand, by “clapping” the dough. Clap the dough until the tortilla is flat, thin and circular in shape. Please note this is an art form and it may be easier for you to use a rolling pin or a tortilla press.
Put your comal on the stove over medium high heat (this is a flat surface to cook your tortillas on.
Once your tortilla is shaped, carefully place it on the comal, once you see the edges of the tortilla change, flip it over, leave it to cook for a minute or two, then flip again. It will puff up like a balloon. Once that side is cooked which doesn't take as long a half minute or so, flip it again placing the other side down on a towel or tortilla warmer to keep warm.
Eat hot and enjoy!