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  • JayJay14
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    • 14th Jun 09, 10:52 AM
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    • 14th Jun 09, 10:52 AM
    Hi everyone, I want to make some CORN TORTILLAS but the recipes I have found say I have to use MASA HARINA (?). I only have fine corn meal flour (for cornbread, polenta). Can I use this or is it ESSENTIAL to buy masa harina? - will the tortillas be ok???
    Thanks!!
    Originally posted by the other mce
    I think masa harina is just another name Masa - maize, harina - flour, so it should be ok.
    • Phudge
    • By Phudge 14th Jun 09, 1:29 PM
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    • 14th Jun 09, 1:29 PM
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    • 14th Jun 09, 1:29 PM
    Do you have a recipe please? I can't eat wheat so the usual flour wraps are out for me but I'd love to be able to make some myself!
    Penny
  • the other mce
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    • 14th Jun 09, 7:39 PM
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    • 14th Jun 09, 7:39 PM
    Sorry - the recipe I found was rubbish! I couldn't roll them out without them falling apart. I ended up flattening them (by hand) on an oiled baking tray, spraying with oil and baking them. Sprinkled them with sea salt & called them MEXICAN CRACKERS!!
    On the plus side my kids actually liked them and have been eating them all day!
    If anyone else has a recipe for corn tortillas that does work I would be grateful!

    Quite keen moneysaver......
    • Swan
    • By Swan 14th Jun 09, 7:45 PM
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    Swan
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    • 14th Jun 09, 7:45 PM
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    • 14th Jun 09, 7:45 PM
    Sorry - the recipe I found was rubbish! I couldn't roll them out without them falling apart. I ended up flattening them (by hand) on an oiled baking tray, spraying with oil and baking them. Sprinkled them with sea salt & called them MEXICAN CRACKERS!!
    On the plus side my kids actually liked them and have been eating them all day!
    If anyone else has a recipe for corn tortillas that does work I would be grateful!
    Originally posted by the other mce
    it's probably not your recipe, my one & only try at making corn tortillas, quite a few years ago, ended up the same

    I think Masa Harina is different from ordinary polenta/corn meal & that's why it doesn't work, I've never been able to find any so never tried them again


    EDIT ... I've been Googling & it is very different (no internet when I first tried to make them ) if you read the page HERE it explains the difference & advises against using wheat flour or cornmeal
    Last edited by Swan; 14-06-2009 at 7:52 PM.
  • the other mce
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    • 14th Jun 09, 10:08 PM
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    • 14th Jun 09, 10:08 PM
    Hi - thanks for that! At least I know that it wasn't me!! I wonder where you can buy MASA HARINA from though? - although I think I might have put myself off of making corn tortillas for a while.
    WOULD ANYONE LIKE A MEXICAN CRACKER ???!!!

    Quite keen moneysaver......
  • champys
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    • 15th Jun 09, 9:12 AM
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    • 15th Jun 09, 9:12 AM
    Hi - thanks for that! At least I know that it wasn't me!! I wonder where you can buy MASA HARINA from though? - although I think I might have put myself off of making corn tortillas for a while.
    WOULD ANYONE LIKE A MEXICAN CRACKER ???!!!
    Originally posted by the other mce
    You could phone the Mexican Embassy, ask for the Agriculture department and ask someone there who sells masa harina in the UK?

    editing to say I found an on-line supplier here
    Last edited by champys; 15-06-2009 at 9:16 AM.
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    • frivolous_fay
    • By frivolous_fay 18th Aug 09, 10:49 PM
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    • 18th Aug 09, 10:49 PM
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    • 18th Aug 09, 10:49 PM
    Random bump... I have 'maize meal' which I used once to coat something before frying. It's yellow, and has a texture similar to cornflour, but slightly coarser and with brown specks in it (no, not weevils )

    Any recipe suggestions?
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    • nanokitten
    • By nanokitten 19th Aug 09, 1:58 AM
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    • 19th Aug 09, 1:58 AM
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    • 19th Aug 09, 1:58 AM
    anyone looked in the speciality section of one of the big supermarkets?
    If it's gluten free your after you could try using gram flour and making chapatis as I always think that taste very similar. However, The tortilla's you get in the supermarket in this country are often made with wheat flour (as probably are alot of chapatis).
    • nanokitten
    • By nanokitten 19th Aug 09, 2:02 AM
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    Ok, I take it back, it looks like chapatis are made with wheat flour too (presumably a product of colonialism!).
  • jamesd123
    Why would a chapatti be a result of colonialism? Do you think that the British invented flour and took it to India?

    Flour is over 2000 years old, and so are unleavened breads such as chapattis and other flatbreads.
    • Petef
    • By Petef 9th Nov 18, 11:22 PM
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    Masa Harina is not just Maize Flour
    I was looking for a recipe for Tortillas and came across this page. Apparently you can't just swap maize flour for Masa Harina (which is processed Maize with lime)



    https://www.isabeleats.com/3-ingredient-authentic-mexican-corn-tortillas/
    • VfM4meplse
    • By VfM4meplse 10th Nov 18, 10:14 AM
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    VfM4meplse
    Why would a chapatti be a result of colonialism? Do you think that the British invented flour and took it to India?
    Originally posted by jamesd123
    Not beyond the realms of possibility. After all, what they couldn't export out and sell back to India at inflated prices was taxed to the nth degree.

    Back to the thread: I really don't like cornmeal. It's difficult to work with and doesn't taste nice. What else could be used instead of wheat?
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