I have never had much success with tortilla making, generally finding the fragile masa would stick to everything and tear easily. However I was listening to the Cook's Illustrated podcast where they mentioned that cooking a pizza on a stone with silicone-paper makes no difference over doing it on the stone directly. For some reason I had just never thought of cooking it with the silicone-paper on; I'd always frustrated myself trying to separate the pressed tortilla in various ways.
So here's my technique:
- Mix the masa as on the packet; 2 cups to 2-half cups water
- Leave for 20 minutes or so
- Use plastic-wrap on the top of the tortilla press
- Cut a silicone-paper square for the bottom
- Ball the masa and press
- Now the plastic-wrap will peel easily off the top of the uncooked tortilla
- Take the silcone-paper and put the tortilla down on the pan/hotplate
- Give a slight press with the spatula around the edges
- After about 20 seconds, the silicone-paper should peel off the tortilla fairly easily.
I've tried mixing in suet, oil and copha and none of them are worth the extra calories over just plain masa in my opinion and don't help with sticking anyway. Enjoy!