Mexican - Homemade Gorditas 

Easier than tortillas. Like a cornmeal pocket bread.

-Gorditas-  In mixer bowl with dough hook, mix masa and water and lard.  Add dry ingredients.  Knead until blended and masa forms ball and cleans sides of bowl.  Wet hands, shape into 21 balls.  With wet hands, pat and flatten into 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick patties (wet counter and pat on counter, this way they won't stick), forming 4 inch circle.  Bake each side, on griddle (375*), 6 - 8 minutes or until lightly browned.  Fry each gordita in a little hot lard, until lightly browned.  Split halfway through, forming pocket.  Fill with any of the above fillings.
-Gorditas-
5 c masa flour
3 1/2 c warm water
1/2 c soft lard

Mix together:
1 t salt
1 c white pastry flour
1 T baking powder

lard for frying
-Serve with-
sour cream
grated cheddar cheese

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