Apple Tamales

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"These sweet tamales are absolutely delicious! I used pecans instead of walnuts in the filling. My niece and I were in heaven after the first bite. I will definitely make again."

- Bcm300m

Top-ranked recipe named "Apple Tamales"

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Ingredients

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2 cups Sugar
2 teaspoons Cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon Nutmeg
9 large Granny Smith apples
4 tablespoons Water
1/2 cup Butter
Masa
1 cup Apple Juice; warm
1 cup Masa harina
1/4 cup Unsalted butter; slightly softened
1/4 cup Cream cheese; slightly softened
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1/2 teaspoon Baking Powder
1/2 cup Brown sugar
1/4 cup Walnuts; shelled chopped
1/4 cup Golden raisins; (optional)
Caramel sauce
1 quart Vanilla ice cream; (optional)

Original recipe makes 9

Servings  

Preparation

Soak cornhusks in hot water at least 2 hours or over night before preparation.

For filling, combine sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg.

Pare apples and chop into bite sized pieces.

Put apples in a large bowl and sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar as you add the apples.

When you have 8 cups, put apples, water and butter into a saucepan.

Cover and cook over low to medium heat, stirring once or twice, for 15-20 minutes or until apples are tender.

For the masa, puree half the cinnamon apples in a food processor, reserving the remaining apples for the filling.

With an electric mixer, beat cream cheese, butter, baking powder, salt and sugar on medium high speed until light and fluffy, about 2 to 3 minutes. Combine 1 cup of warm apple juice with 1 cup instant masa mix until just combined.

Add half of the combined masa to butter mixture on medium speed until just incorporated. Add remaining masa mix and mix until just combined. Slowly add the pureed cinnamon apple to masa mixing on medium speed.

The masa mix should have the appearance of cake batter. If not add additional apple juice or water.

Refrigerate covered 15-20 minutes.

Mix together the remaining cinnamon apples, golden raisins and walnuts.

To assemble, lay out a few drained cornhusks. Add 1/4 cup tamale batter to the center of the cornhusks (roughly 2" from the square end and 1 1/2" from the tapered end) leaving a 1/2" on both sides and spread it out.

Place a tablespoon of filling in the center of the masa. Roll one side inward forming a roll of masa around the filling, the roll other side together.

Twist each end in opposite directions forming a tight cylindrical tube and tie the ends with a 1/4" strips torn from soaked cornhusks.

Place tamales between two slightly moistened towels as they are formed to prevent them from drying out.

To Steam: Line steamer bottom with cornhusks, place tamales in single layer and cover with slightly moist towel. Steam for about 25 minutes and allow to rest for 15 minutes more in the steamer for masa to set up prior to serving. When first finished steaming, they are the consistency of polenta of cream of wheat. As it "sets" it will firm up.

Optional: Top with a scoop of ice cream and drizzle the hot tamales with caramel sauce.

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These sweet tamales are absolutely delicious! I used pecans instead of walnuts in the filling. My niece and I were in heaven after the first bite. I will definitely make again.
Bcm300m 1 year ago
I have had these and they were wonderful ; I haven't made them myself. I added these to my list, I'm really glad I found the recipe! Thanks
Teresasummers 1 year ago
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cera82v 6 years ago
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