MANY moons ago at a funky little bistro in Silver Lake California I used to order their dessert tamales. They were soft, silky and TOTALLY delectable full of pineapple and raisins. At the time I was entering county fairs with my homemade jams and eating these tamales with a spoonful of jam drizzled over top was just pure HEAVEN, at least to me 😀
I CANNOT remember anything else on the menu, I can’t even remember the name of the bistro, but those tamales were worth the drive out of my way just to buy several to take home for later.
I’ve been working to recreate the recipe for years and I think I’ve come as close as I can!
PINEAPPLE RAISIN TAMALES yields 2 dozen tamales
40 corn husks
4 cups corn masa flour
2 sticks salted butter, melted
2 large cans DOLE crushed pineapple, drained (reserve juice)
1 cup of reserved pineapple juice (make yourself a cocktail with the rest) 😀
1 cup sugar
2 teaspoon baking powder
2 cups golden raisins
2 dozen marbles
- SOAK corn husks for 1 hour before beginning.
- SET UP large dutch oven.
- Invert a pie tin into bottom of dutch oven.
- Arrange marbles around the pie tin edge.
- Fill with water JUST to cover.
- Arrange a second pie tin right side up on top.
- Layer several corn husks over top pie tin. Turn flame to low heat and cover while you prepare tamales.
- Combine masa, butter, juice, sugar and baking powder in a large mixing bowl until smooth.
- Add pineapple and raisins, blending with gloved hands until well distributed.
- Spoon about 1/2 cup of mixture in your corn husk into a 1×3 log shape.
- Roll up tightly and tie ends with a piece of corn husk or string.
- Place half of the tamales in the dutch oven and cover, steaming for 45 minutes.
- Serve warm topped with blueberry sauce.
NOTE: They reheat easily in the microwave.
Thanks for sharing at the What’s for Dinner party. Have a great week.
Interesting and I bet tasty. New to me, sweet tamales. Thank you for sharing at Love Your Creativity.
They were to me also and I instantly fell in love 😀
Looks really good and interesting! Thanks for sharing this recipe!
They are a really nice change of pace. 😀
These always looks so good. Thanks for sharing at the What’s for dinner party! Have a wonderful week – hope to see you next Sunday!
Our family makes tamales and it is a very special treat. We will sure be trying these delicious tamales! Hope you are having a fantastic week and thanks so much for sharing your awesome post with us at Full Plate Thursday!
Sweet tamales sound delish! Thank you for sharing at Party In Your PJ’s!
Wow, sweet tamales! Sounds great. Thanks for sharing at the Weekend Blog Hop at My Flagstaff Home! –Jennifer
I don’t think I’ve ever had sweet tamales – these sound really tasty! Thanks for sharing at the What’s for Dinner party!