Guava and Pecan Tamales

Guava and Pecan Tamales

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Guava and Pecan Tamales are delicious sweet tamales. Serve with chocolate sauce for extra decadence. Look for guava paste in Latin markets or specialty food stores.

45 mins. to Prepare

90 mins. Cooking Time

60 mins. Standing Time standing

195 mins. Total

Servings: 36 tamales

This recipe is: Low Sodium


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SOAK corn husks in water for at least 1 hour.
COMBINE sweetened condensed milk, grated orange peel and vanilla extract in a small saucepan. Cook over low heat, stirring slowly for 1 minute. Remove from heat.
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BEAT butter in large mixer bowl for 7 minutes or until it reaches a creamy consistency.
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COMBINE butter, sweetened condensed milk mixture, flour and baking powder in a large bowl.
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MIX with large spatula.
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ADD guava paste and pecans; knead with hands, slowly adding water until dough is smooth and doesn’t stick to hands.
LAY husk on a flat surface, pointy side down.
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SPOON ¼ cup dough onto your hands and mold into an oblong shape resembling a small potato. Place dough in the middle of husk, ½-inch from the top edge.
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FOLD one side over dough, then the other, overlapping.
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FOLD pointy side up and tie with corn husk strip. Repeat until all the dough has been used.
ARRANGE tamales upright on steamer rack in large pot. Fill with hot water to right below the rack.
COVER top of tamales with remaining husks and damp towel; cover with lid. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to medium, adding water as needed. Steam for 1 ½ hours or until masa pulls away from husk.
Serve with your favorite chocolate sauce. If guava paste is not available, replace with equal amount of diced pears in light syrup with syrup drained.
Amount Per Serving
Servings: 36 tamales
Calories from Fat90
%Daily Value*
Total Fat 10g16%
Saturated Fat 5g25%
Cholesterol 20mg7%
Sodium 45mg2%
Carbohydrates 28g9%
Dietary Fiber 2g7%
Sugars 8g
Protein 3g
Vitamin A4%
Vitamin C10%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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