Sweet tamales ‘n’ chocolate

Sweet Tamales

Makes 16 tamales

  • For the tamales

  • 200 g fine cornmeal

  • 1 heaped tablespoon plain flour

  • 1 pinch sea salt

  • ½ teaspoon baking powder

  • 50 g golden caster sugar

  • 50 g unsweetened desiccated coconut

  • ½ pineapple, approximately 150g, peeled, core removed, halved and really finely diced

  • zest and juice of 1 lime

  • For the chocolate sauce

  • 200 ml single cream

  • 100 g good-quality dark chocolate (70% cocoa solids), broken into small pieces

  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, cubed

  • 1 pinch sea salt

Soak your cornhusks in a bowl of warm water or, if you're using greaseproof paper, cut yourself 16 pieces roughly 12x20cm. In a separate bowl, mix the cornmeal, flour, salt, baking powder, sugar, coconut and chopped pineapple. Add the lime zest and juice and pour in 200ml of water to bring everything together. Mix well, until you've got a thick spoonable paste.



Put a large pan of water on to boil – the pan needs to be big enough to fit a colander on top. Take a soaked cornhusk or piece of greaseproof paper and spoon a heaped tablespoon of your pineapple mixture into the middle of the husk or paper; if the husks are thin you might have to layer two on top of each other. Fold the sides in to cover the filling, then twist the ends and use string to tie them so they look like Christmas crackers.



Lay your prepared tamales in a large colander or steamer, making sure they're all in one layer and not overlapping. Cover the top of the colander with tin foil and seal it nice and tightly. If you don't have a colander large enough you can always steam the tamales in 2 batches. Pop the colander on top of your pan of boiling water and steam for about 20 to 25 minutes. About 5 minutes before they're due to be ready, start making your chocolate sauce.



Gently bring the cream to the boil in a pan on a medium heat. As soon as it starts to boil, take the pan off the heat and stir in your chocolate pieces until they're perfectly melted and combined. Add the cubes of butter and a pinch of salt and stir well until the butter is melted.



Open one of the tamales to check that it's perfectly cooked – it should be solid and the wrapping should peel away from it easily. Take them off the heat and let them cool down slightly so they're cool enough to handle but still warm and delicious. Lay them on a platter next to a jug of your warm chocolate sauce and let everyone get involved and unwrap their own.

Nutritional Information

Sweet tamales ‘n’ chocolate

Mexican pineapple dumplings with oozy sauce

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Mexican tamales can be sweet like these ones or savoury – either way, they're little bundles of joy
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At a fantastic out-of-the-way Mexican restaurant called El Metate in Gallup, New Mexico, the very sweet owner, Rebecca, taught me how to make proper Mexican tamales. To see her teaching me how to make these, watch the video here LINK. Tamales can be sweet, like these, or savoury. They are basically filled Mexican dumplings – I think they're brilliant. The cornhusks they're wrapped in are used throughout Mexico. If you buy corn in season it often comes in husks, but the dried husks I'm using here work a treat. You can pick them up online or at Whole Foods Market stores. Otherwise, things like greaseproof or wax paper will also do the trick.

Soak your cornhusks in a bowl of warm water or, if you're using greaseproof paper, cut yourself 16 pieces roughly 12x20cm. In a separate bowl, mix the cornmeal, flour, salt, baking powder, sugar, coconut and chopped pineapple. Add the lime zest and juice and pour in 200ml of water to bring everything together. Mix well, until you've got a thick spoonable paste.

Put a large pan of water on to boil – the pan needs to be big enough to fit a colander on top. Take a soaked cornhusk or piece of greaseproof paper and spoon a heaped tablespoon of your pineapple mixture into the middle of the husk or paper; if the husks are thin you might have to layer two on top of each other. Fold the sides in to cover the filling, then twist the ends and use string to tie them so they look like Christmas crackers.

Lay your prepared tamales in a large colander or steamer, making sure they're all in one layer and not overlapping. Cover the top of the colander with tin foil and seal it nice and tightly. If you don't have a colander large enough you can always steam the tamales in 2 batches. Pop the colander on top of your pan of boiling water and steam for about 20 to 25 minutes. About 5 minutes before they're due to be ready, start making your chocolate sauce.

Gently bring the cream to the boil in a pan on a medium heat. As soon as it starts to boil, take the pan off the heat and stir in your chocolate pieces until they're perfectly melted and combined. Add the cubes of butter and a pinch of salt and stir well until the butter is melted.

Open one of the tamales to check that it's perfectly cooked – it should be solid and the wrapping should peel away from it easily. Take them off the heat and let them cool down slightly so they're cool enough to handle but still warm and delicious. Lay them on a platter next to a jug of your warm chocolate sauce and let everyone get involved and unwrap their own.

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Nutritional Information Amount per serving:

Calories

Calories are just a unit of energy. If you eat more than you use you can gain weight, or lose it if you don't eat enough. How much you need depends on your weight, gender and how active you are, but it's around 2,000 a day.

Carbs

Carbs are a great source of energy and, excluding foods such as potatoes, are made from grains - like bread, pasta and cereal. We all need carbs, but try to make them all wholegrain by sticking to brown bread, rice and pasta - they are much more nutritious.

Sugar

We all deserve a treat sometimes, but try to limit your sugar intake. Most of your sugar should come from raw fruit and milk, because they give us lots of nutrients too. Always check food labels so you know how much sugar you're eating.

Fat

We all need to eat a small amount of fat because it protects our organs and helps us grow. But we need to be careful about how much fat we eat and what kinds of fat, because in higher levels it's associated with weight gain, diabetes, cancer and heart disease.

Saturates

Saturated or "bad fats" are in beef, pork, chicken skin, butter, cream and cheese. Too much can be bad for our heart and cholesterol levels, but unsaturated or "good fats" in fish, nuts, avocados and some oils can help keep our hearts healthy if eaten in moderation.

Protein

Protein helps our muscles to grow and repair, as well as providing you with essential amino acids. When it comes to protein, try to eat leaner sources such as chicken and fish or non-meat sources such as eggs, dairy, beans, nuts, seeds, tofu and pulses.
  • Calories 155
    8%
  • Carbs 18.2g
    7%
  • Sugar 8.2g 9%
  • Fat 7.7g 11%
  • Saturates 5.0g 25%
  • Protein 2.4g 5%
Of an adult's reference intake

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