Coffee - Prune - Cream of Wheat Sweet Tamales

READY IN: 1hr 30mins
Recipe by Mexi-Rosie

I don't drink coffee at all, so I haven't made this recipe, but it sounds very interesting, so I'm posting it for the benefit of those that like coffee. Another interesting ingredient here is the cream of wheat. This is a recipe from a famous Mexican chef. Preparation time does not include preparation of wrapping leaves.

Top Review by smaktcat

What a fun recipe. If followed as written, they are tasty! I live in Louisiana, so of course i used Toasted banana leaves. In later recipes, Replaced the prunes with fig preserve from my garden. I also used reduced coffee to up the caffeine and maple syrup to replace the suger. Now it's breakfast tamales!

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 12 liters milk
  • 160 g sugar
  • 1 tablespoon coffee
  • 160 g uncooked cream of wheat
  • 12 cup butter
  • 8 egg yolks
  • 8 egg whites, beaten to soft peak stage until ready to use
  • 300 g prunes, without pits chopped
  • slightly toasted banana leaves or presoaked corn husk, for wrapping


  1. Boil milk with sugar and coffee.
  2. Once it has started to boil, add the cream of wheat gradually , stirring with a wooden spoon, until it has a compact doughy consistency.
  3. Withdraw from stove top and add the butter and egg yolks, mixing well.
  4. Next add the beaten egg whites to soft peak stage, in gradual folding motions. .
  5. Have the banana leaves lightly toasted over a stove top or burner grill , or presoaked corn leaves ready for filling.
  6. Spread about 1 scant tablespoon of dough on the center of each leaf , placing 2 or 3 chopped prunes in the center.
  7. Wrap and secure tamales and cook in a tall vapor pot for an hour.

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