Fresh Corn-Dough Tortillas

Preparation info
  • Makes about


    • Difficulty


Appears in
I Hear America Cooking

By Betty Fussell

Published 1986

  • About

Tortillas, meaning “little cakes,” the major breadstuff of the New World, are a unique form of bread because they are made from precooked dough: first the corn is cooked to make the dough, then the dough is cooked to preserve the shape of a flat round pone or cake. The best tortillas are made of freshly boiled hominy, drained and ground fine. Fresh corn dough is tricky to shape because the dough must be wet enough to stick together but not so wet that it will disinte