Sweet tamale time is upon us! We are so fortunate to have access to the best science and vaccinations in the world. Now is the best time to celebrate with dear family and friends we have not seen in over a year! There is no better way to celebrate together than making these pineapple tamale treats. They are surprisingly easy to make. I made these tamales in a small batch of six to show you how you don't need to spend hours making them. Double the recipe to make 12.
Ingredients for Corn (Masa) Dough
1 cup of masa harina flour (stone-ground corn flour)
3/4 cup of chicken broth
A pinch of cumin, turmeric, oregano
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
2 tablespoons of sugar
5 tablespoons of melted butter
Ingredients for Pineapple Filling
1 cup of chopped pineapple
1/4 cup of sugar
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon of cloves
6 corn husks (soaked in warm water for an hour or more)
6 - 15 inch strings
Next, in a medium saucepan warm up the chicken broth and add a pinch of each of the following spices: cumin, turmeric, oregano, and two tablespoons of sugar. Simmer for a few minutes. (This broth will "active" the masa harina later and add some real goodness to your dough. Your tamales will have a sweet and savory flavor.)
Next, In a large bowl, start with the melted butter, and add part of masa harina and some broth. Keep adding masa harina and broth until fully mixed. Add the salt, and baking powder to this mixture. Mixing all ingredients until they are well incorporated and your dough is tacky. Make your masa into a rounded mound and cut into 6 even pieces. This will help your tamales to be all the same size. Set bowl aside.
Serve your tamales hot with hot chocolate and good friends and family!
Happy Days Cooking & Eating!