Sweet Tamales

Recipe by Charlotte J
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READY IN: 1hr 45mins
YIELD: 24 tamales
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
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DIRECTIONS

  • Sort corn husks, setting aside any torn ones.
  • Soak intact husks in warm water for at least 1 hour or until softened and easy to fold.
  • Beat 2/3 cup lard in large bowl until creamy.
  • Combine flour, corn meal, sugar, cinnamon and salt in medium bowl.
  • Alternately add flour mixture, water and sweetened condensed milk to lard, mixing well after each addition.
  • Melt remaining lard and gradually stir into masa mixture, mixing until consistency of thick cake batter (masa).
  • Stir in vanilla, raisins and nuts.
  • Spread 1/4 cup masa, using back of a spoon, to form a square in the center of one husk.
  • Fold right then left edge of husk over masa.
  • Fold up bottom edge.
  • Repeat with remaining ingredients.
  • Place vegetable steamer in pot with lid and add water to just below steamer.
  • Arrange tamales upright in steamer rack.
  • Cover top of tamales with reserved dry husks and a damp towel and cover.
  • Bring to a boil then reduce heat to low.
  • Steam, adding water as needed, for about 1 1/2 to 2 hours or until masa pulls away from husks.
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