Today I made the BEST tamales I’ve ever made!
Granted it was only my second time making tamales, these were significantly better then the first time (maybe because I followed a recipe).
I dont have very many memories from my dads side of the family when I was growing up but ONE I do strongly remember was going to a relatives house and experiencing my first tamale. They had all kinds, pork, chicken, black bean and one that i LOVED which was cinnamon raisin. I remember it so well but I haven’t had once since then, and that must have been over 10 years ago. So today I have successfully found and made the best cinnamon raisin tamales.
Ill include the website in which I got the recipe from but Ill adjust the recipe I put on this blog, appropriately.
- 10-15 corn husks
- 1 1/2 c golden raisins
- 4 1/2 c masa brosa
- 2 t salt
- 1 3/4 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 allspice
- 1 1/2 t ground cinnamon
- 3 3/4 c water, at room temperature
- 3 sticks (12 ounces) earthbalance butter, at room temperature
- 1 c Pure Via
- 1/2c Xyla
- Place corn husks in a large bowl or baking dish, cover completely with hot water, and weigh down with a plate or bowl to fully submerge. Soak until husks are very pliable, at least 2 hours at room temperature or overnight in the refrigerator. Drain, squeeze out excess water, and wipe dry.
- Place raisins in a small bowl, cover with hot water, and soak until plumped, at least 15 minutes. Drain and set aside.
- Place masa brosa, salt, baking powder, all spice, and cinnamon in a large bowl and whisk to combine. Pour in water and stir or mix with your hands until the dough is wet throughout.
- Place butter and sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted or a food processor until light in color and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes. With the mixer running, add dough in handfuls, letting it mix in before adding more, until all the dough has been added, about 2 minutes. Continue beating until ingredients are well combined and a smooth, soft dough has formed, about 1 minute more. Remove the bowl from the mixer and stir in reserved raisins and nuts. Cover and refrigerate dough for at least 1 hour or up to 24 hours.
- Place a steamer basket in a large pot and fill the pot with enough water to reach the bottom of the steamer. Cover and bring the water to a simmer over low heat.
- Lay a corn husk on a clean work surface with the wide edge toward you (this is the bottom). Measure 1/3 cup dough and shape into a cylinder about 3 inches long and 1 inch in diameter. Lay dough lengthwise in the center of the husk, leaving about a 1/2-inch border at the bottom.
- Tightly close the left side of the husk over the filling and roll to the right as if rolling a cigar. Fold the top of the husk (the empty, tapered edge) back over the filled husk to close. (If your husks are particularly small or they don’t want to stay closed, use a bit of butcher’s twine to tie them closed.) Repeat to make about 15 tamales.
- Arrange tamales upright in the steamer with the open ends facing up. If your steamer is too big to hold all of the tamales snugly together, place a small heatproof bowl upside down in the center to stabilize the tamales. Cover and steam until the dough is set, no longer raw-tasting, and pulls away easily from the husks when unwrapped, about 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Turn the heat off and let the tamales rest for 15 minutes before serving.
And there you have it! I had seriously NO idea how these would come out and they came out so incredible I just had to share. I’ve adjusted this to my needs, sugar free and vegan but you are in no way obligated to keep them this way, use whatever sugars or fruits you want/need. I might try pineapple or coconut next time!