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Tamales de Dulce
By Melissa's Corporate Chefs


1/3 cup Flame Seedless Raisins or Currants
1/2 cup Apple Juice
1/2 cup Lard or Butter at room temperature
3/4 cup Sugar
1 pound Masa
1/2 cup Milk at room temperature
1/4 teaspoon Salt
1 teaspoon Baking Powder
1/4 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
1/3 cup Dried Calimyrna Figs chopped
1 Organic Mango or Papaya peeled seeded and coarsely chopped
Whipped Cream (Crema) for serving (optional)


Place raisins or currants in a small bowl; cover them with apple juice and leave to soften.


With an electric mixer, beat the lard or butter until it is light and fluffy. Add sugar and half of the fresh masa, beat into the mixture. Little by little, alternate adding the milk and the remaining masa, beating in between each addition until mix is a thick batter. Beat in the salt, baking powder, and cinnamon.

Once dough is spread on husk, sprinkle center of each husk with drained raisins and figs pieces, wrap and tie husks as usual.

Steam for 2½ hours, cool, served with crema fresca and chopped mango or papaya.