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Masa for Sweet Tamales
From: Karen Sonnessa

Originally from Vegetarian Times, October 1996, slightly modified

Serving Size: 16 Preparation Time :0:30

  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable shortening
  • 2 cups masa harina
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup fruit juice -- or soymilk*
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
In mixing bowl, cream together sugar and shortening.

In separate bowl, mix together masa harina and salt.
With electric mixer or wooden spoon, alternately beat in masa mixture and fruit juice or milk, adding just enough liquid to form a firm dough.
Add more juice or milk or soymilk if needed.
Beat in baking powder last.
Makes enough dough for 16 to 20 tamales.

Note: Depending on the flavors of the tamale filling, use any type of milk or your favorite fruit juices, such as pineapple-coconut.