I bought some masa flour the other day thinking I would use it in a breading recipe and eventually make some tamales. I would also like to make my own tortillas (corn and flour). (I have a broken ankle: too much cooking channel) My first attempt was to use it in my version of tamale pie but in looking up recipes, they all called for cornmeal. I mixed some lard (small amt) and water with it and patted on bottom and sides of pan then pre cooked it 5 minutes before adding the filling of seasoned ground beef, corn, tomatoes, peppers and black beans. I was so looking forward to that dish but it was actually awful. The filling was fine but the crust was totally dry even on the bottom. Hope the chickens like it because they are getting a generous portion. Can anyone help me out here? Pretty please!