Pina Colada Tamales
These are breakfast or dessert tamales.
1/2 cup dried banana chips
1/4 cup slivered almonds
1/4 cup sweetened coconut flakes
22 corn husks, soaked
Masa dough for sweet
2 cups fresh pineapple chunks
1/2 cup fruit juice
1/2 cup whipped cream (optional)
1 tablespoon lime zest
Masa for Sweet Tamales
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
cup vegetable shortening
2 cups Masa Harina
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup fruit
juice, milk, or soymilk
1 teaspoon baking powder
- Filling: Use a food processor to finely chop the dried banana; combine the
banana, almonds and coconut in a bowl.
- Use 2 husk to make strips for tying the tamales.
- Take about 1 cup of the pineapple and puree it with the fruit juice and
- Masa for Sweet Tamales: Cream the shortening and sugar.
- In a separate bowl, mix together the masa and salt.
- Alternately add the masa and juice to the creamed shortening to make a firm
dough; beat in the baking powder last.
- Assembly: Spread 1 tablespoon filling in the center of a husk; sprinkle
1 to 2 teaspoons of the banana/almond mixture over the dough and press a pineapple
chunk into the dough. Spread another tablespoon of the dough over the the filling
and fold and tie the tamale. Steam for about 1 hour 15 minutes.
- To Serve: Open the tamale and top with sauce, whipped cream and lime zest.
Serving size: 20
Source: Vegetarian Times - October 1996
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