Raisin Dessert Tamales

Ever had a sweet tamale, dessert tamale? I have made several types and they are pretty tasty! I look forward to sharing many of these dessert tamales with you all!
I got this recipe from a friend of mine who says it is a must try so I thought I would share it with all of you!
I mean, who doesn’t like dessert after dinner!?

Ingredients
At least 2 dozen dried corn husks
2 cup masa harina (corn flour)
⅓ cup unsalted butter
1½ tsp baking powder
1½ tsp salt
1½ cups warm water
½-1 cups sugar (to taste)
1 cup raisins plumped in water
1 cup slivered almonds (if desired)
Now you can add red food coloring to this but it is not needed. Some people take pride in the “appearance” of their food if serving others. I myself do not add food coloring in most cases.

Directions
Soak corn husks in hot water until softened, approx 30-60 minutes.
Cream your butter until light and fluffy.
In a separate bowl mix the masa harina with baking powder, sugar and salt.
Add your dry mix to the butter mix in small amounts while beating.
Beat in water to make a soft paste. The dough should be soft and pliable. Taste for desired sweetness.
Add red food coloring if desired.
To test the dough you can place a small amount in water, if it floats it is the right consistency.
Drain the raisins and mix your raisins and almonds together if you are using almonds.
Shake excess water from corn husks.
Spread approx 1 tablespoon of the dough on the center of corn husk. Leave room to fold over the bottom edge.
Add 1 tablespoon of combined raisins (drained) and almonds.
Fold corn husk and dough over the filling so that it is completely covered.
Fold the bottom up.
Arrange tamales in your steamer or over the steamer rack stacking loosely to allow for the dough to expand.
Tamales should not come in contact with the water.
Steam for about an hour or until dough comes away from husks when unrolled.
Serve hot.
You can use caramel or chocolate syrup/sauce over the top of these or even a scoop of vanilla ice cream!
These also freeze really well and make for a yummy quick dessert or snack anytime.

Enjoy!

P.S. You can buy corn husks and masa harina in some grocery stores (wish I could say all or most but not sure where you live!) I will provide a link for you to be able to purchase these or at least see what they look like so you know what you are looking for when you shop.

 

 

Tamale Mama

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