Tamal Dulce

Total Time:
55 min
25 min
30 min

6 servings

  • 1 cup real maple syrup
  • 4 star anise
  • 3 whole cloves
  • 1/2 orange, halved
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 4 ounces masa harina
  • 1/4 cup fresh whole corn kernels
  • 1 tablespoon pine nuts, toasted
  • 4 tablespoons sultana raisins, softened in hot water
  • 6 tablespoons grated asadero cheese
  • 2 peeled bananas, cut in 1/2 lengthwise and then cut in chunks
  • 6 banana leaves, cut to 8 by 10-inches
  • In a large saucepan, slowly boil the syrup, star anise, cloves, orange and cinnamon stick. Simmer the mixture for 5 minutes. Strain the mixture into the masa harina, stir to incorporate and discard the strained spices and fruit.

  • Add the corn, pine nuts, sultana raisins, asadero cheese, and banana pieces to the masa mixture.

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

  • Thaw a package of banana leaves by placing the still sealed leaves in a shallow pan of hot water, until thawed. Open package and rinse leaves in cool water and then cut into 8-inch pieces. Assemble the tamales by placing 4 ounces of the mixture in the center of each banana leaf. And fold in sides to create a package. Place into the oven and bake for 20 minutes.

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