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Sweet Pineapple Tamales | Tamales De Dulce

We look forward to cooking tamales every year in our home. It’s a family tradition to gather around the table with all the prepared ingredients and assemble tamales.  Everyone in our family participates in the tamale assembly, also known as a Tamalada.   Whether you are relative or neighbor just stopping by, you become a part of our family when we make tamales in our home.  It’s a way for us to check in with each other, talk about family memories during the year, act silly and make new memories. Our most popular family tamales are the Mexican Chicken-Pasilla Tamales, but our favorite dessert tamales are the sweet tamales made with crushed pineapples and sugar.  The sweet pineapple tamales also known as “Tamales de dulce” are also my husband’s favorite! You have to get your tamales as soon as they are done when we cook them.  Otherwise, they will be all gone. Sweet Pineapple Tamales | Tamales De Dulce   Sweet Pineapple Tamales Recipe  Ingredients:

  • 2 package corn husks
  • 5 lbs of prepared masa
  • 3 cans of crushed pineapples with pineapple juice
  • 2 cup of raisins
  • 2 cups white sugar

Method: Sweet Pineapple Tamales | Tamales De Dulce

  1. Remove debris from corn husks and soak in hot water for 1 hour.
  2. Mix 2 cans crushed pineapples, 1 1/2 can pineapple juice, 1 cup sugar, prepared masa by hand.  Make sure to taste the dough periodically as you mix the dough by hand.  You may need to add additional sugar to taste, as the sugar will lose some of the sweetness during steaming.
  3. To assemble tamales: Drain cornhusks, remove any red corn silk, and stack. Lay 1 cornhusk flat, smooth side up. Place about 2-3 tablespoons of masa mixture on the bottom half of the cornhusk and smooth with the back of a large soup spoon. Add 3-5 raisins in the middle.
  4. Locate the long side with a 2 inch space with no masa. Fold that over, slightly overlapping the other side so the edges of the dough meet. Wrap the extra husk around the back. Then fold the broad end over the top and then the longer narrow end over the broad end.
  5. Create strips of husk by cutting or tearing 1/4 inch lengths off of some of the smaller or unusable husks. Use these to tie across the middle of the tamales to hold the flaps down.
  6. Set tamales upright in a steamer. You can buy large steamers made just for this purpose. You may have something else you can use to create the same effect. The key is to have a small amount of boiling water on the bottom of the pot and a colander or mesh of some sort to keep the tamales away from the water.
  7. Let Simmer for about 60-90 minutes.
Serve warm & with love.
Buen Provecho!
Eva-TFL

#CyberMonday Deals by Women Owned Small Businesses

Happy #CyberMonday ! Don’t forget to support online businesses today! Here are a few suggestions of places to shop if you are looking for ways to support online businesses:

Chef Alejandra Schraders's Seasoning Blends

 

Small Business Recommendations


1. Chef Alejandra Seasonings – Chef Alejandra business was inspired by her desire to find natural, certified organic non-GMO spices and seasonings. Here seasoning are also certified paleo.  My favorite seasoning are the Ginger love curry and Cocoa-mon because they give vegetables, rice and meats an amazing flavor.  

I recommend the full combo pack, but if you want to get started try the Ginger love curry and check her blog for a delicious Cauliflower recipe. Use: CYBERMONDAY for 15% off and FREE shipping

Website: www.alejandraschrader.com/store/

2. Full Circle Fibers – Angela sells amazing hand-made items for yourself or as a gift. She is a very talented young lady. Santa told me I’m getting a scarf from her.  Use coupon code: GIVETHANKS to get 20% off a purchase of $10 or more. This coupon can be use on in-stock items and on custom-made items. It expires 12/7/2014.
Website: www.etsy.com/shop/fullcirclefibers


3. California Tea and Coffee Brewery – The owners are tea experts and have an online store and have been in the tea business for over a decade.   They really are the world’s best tea connoisseurs.  May I recommend the Milk Oolong or Jasmine green tea.
Website: www.caltcb.com


4. Tina Steinberg Designs – Tina’s personlized jewelry is unique.  There are never 2 pieces that are alike.  When you buy a piece from her it will leave you with a lasting impression and story to share with friends. May I recommend the Love Touch design for a memorable gift for mom or dad.
Website: www.tinasteinberg.com/


5. Ilaments Jewelry – Illaments Jewelry is designed by a very talented Latina designer.  Her jewelry are statement pieces. Check it out and thank me later.   Cyber Monday/Week Discount code: xmas14 and save 20% off.
Website: www.ilaments.net


6. Crafty Chica Shop – Latina artist, novelist, speaker, instructor, product designer has a beautiful shop.
Website: craftychica.com/shop

 

Happy Shopping!

Eva-TFL

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