Masa Cakes from Veracruz

Serves: 12
Total Calories: 18


1 cup masa, harina, (flour for corn tortillas)
1/2 cup lukewarm tap water
2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons vegetable shortening
1/4 teaspoon salt


1. Put the ingredients in a food processor and process until the mixture comes together to form a soft smooth dough. Remove from the processor and knead the dough by hand to test the moistness. The dough should be moist and soft, but should not stick to your hands. If too dry, moisten hands with water and work the dough until it reaches the desired consistency. Put the dough in a plastic bag and let rest for 20 to 30 minutes.

2. Heat a comal, griddle, or skillet over medium heat. Flatten egg-size balls of dough--by hand or in a tortilla press--into small cakes 2 1/2 to 3 inches in diameter and 1/4 inch thick. Cook in a large, dry pan for 3 minutes on each side or until crusty and flecked with brown in spots. Serve bocoles warm.

NOTE: To stuff the bocoles: When they are hot off the pan, slit an opening with a small sharp knife and slip in a small thin piece of cheese, such as Monterey Jack, Oaxaca, or asadero.

From "1,000 Mexican Recipes." Copyright 2001 by Marge Poore. Used with permission of the publisher, Wiley Publishing, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Nutritional Facts:

Serves: 12
Total Calories: 18
Calories from Fat: 18

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