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Tamales De Dulce (Sweet Tamales)

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Category: Mexican

 Ingredients List

  • 2 c Masa harina
  • 1/2 c Sugar
  • 1/4 ts Salt
  • 1 1/2 ts Cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 ts Baking powder
  • 1/4 c Margarine
  • 1/4 c Lard
  • 1 1/2 c Chicken stock
  • 1 c Almonds; sliced or slivered
  • 1 c Raisins OR blackberries,
  • -fresh or frozen; sweetened
  • -with sugar
  • 1 pk Dried corn husks; soaked in
  • -hot water to soften


Stir together dry ingredients (masa harina, sugar, salt, cinnamon and
baking powder).

Cream margarine and lard until fluffy. Gradually beat masa harina mixture
and broth into the lard. Beat well for about 5 minutes. (A small test ball
of the dough should rise in cold water.) Stir almonds into dough. If using
raisins, mix into the dough. If using blackberries, reserve and use as a
center filling.

Place 6 to 8 cups of water and a coin into the bottom of the steamer. Shake
excess water from the softened corn husks. Line steamer with corn husks.
Spread dough (approximately 2 tablespoons) evenly on the center of the
remaining husks. If using blackberries, place a spoonful of berries in
center of dough. Roll and turn up. If necessary, roll in an additional
husk, or tie with a piece of string to secure. Pack tamales into steamer as
they are made. Surround with corn husks.

Top with terry toweling and secure lid. Bring to a boil over high heat.
Reduce to medium and steam for 1-1/2 to 2 hours. Remember to listen for the
coin; it will let you "hear" the water level. When the coin becomes silent,
the water level is too low and you must add more.

To reheat, place in greased frying pan over medium-low and heat through,
turning occasionally. If preferred, the tamales may be wrapped in foil and
reheated in a 350 degree oven 20 to 30 minutes. Use foil method and add an
additional 15 minutes to reheat. Tamales freeze well.

This makes about a dozen small tamales.

NOTE: These are the sweet tamales that I have personally had while on trips
into Mexico, and they are soo-o-oh good, but there are other recipes
containing fruits, i.e., pineapple - (in my experience, these are usually
sickening sweet but that's my humble opinion).

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