Over the years, I've made just about every kind of bread there is. But somehow I have never made one of the most basic breads of all, the tortilla. For Christmas, I asked for this Imusa tortilla press, which my sister bought for me. (Thanks again!) I've held off trying it, since I knew that making homemade tortillas was going to be one of my 40 Things.
It was with great excitement that I assembled my tortilla press and measured out the masa harina.
The next step was to knead the dough for 10 minutes. It hurt quite a bit, as dough made with boiling water is quite warm. Steve walked in as I was finishing kneading and I asked him to take this picture. My hands were still red, though not nearly as dramatic of a red as they'd been a few minutes earlier.
I divided the kneaded dough into equal balls. Then I prepped the tortilla press. The instructions that came with it said to measure and cut circles out of a plastic grocery sack to line the press. That sounded like too much work, plus it didn't sound very sanitary. Instead, I popped a ball of dough into a bread bag that I'd emptied that morning.
I fried my raw tortillas, then served them up with all the fixings. Tasty! But they were definitely lacking salt. Next time I'll be adding a little bit of salt to my dough. It is official: "Make tortillas" is now accomplishment #6 on my list of 40 Things!
Accomplishment #7 on my 40 Things list doesn't deserve its own blog post, so I'm adding it to this one. For the first time in my life, I tried a Shamrock Shake.
I don't eat a lot of fast food- maybe an average of once a month and that's including Subway. If I do have a burger, it's usually In-N-Out, not McDonalds. Still, it's hard to believe that I'd never tried a Shamrock Shake. I love milkshakes and I love mint, so I made a point to get one before they go away for the year.