Sweet Almond Tamales with Pastry Cream

Sweet Almond Tamales with Pastry Cream
  • Pastry Cream:
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 5 egg yolks
  • 2 tablespoons masa harina (such as Maseca®)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • corn husks
  • Tamales:
  • 1 cup whole raw almonds
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/4 cups white sugar
  • 2 cups masa harina (such as Maseca®)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 cups milk, or as needed
  • 1 1/2 cups rice flour


  1. Combine 2 cups milk and 1 cup sugar in a saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat.
  2. Whisk egg yolks and 2 tablespoons masa harina together in a bowl until well combined. Add to milk, stirring constantly, until pastry cream thickens, about 7 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla extract. Cover with plastic wrap and set aside to cool for 1 hour.
  3. Place corn husks in a bowl, cover with boiling water, and soak for 30 to 60 minutes. Drain, place on a work surface, and cover with a clean, damp towel.
  4. Place almonds in a heat-proof bowl and cover with boiling water. Let stand for a few minutes until cool enough to handle. Slip the almonds out of their skins one by one, leaving the remaining almonds in the warm water. Drain almonds in a colander and finely chop.
  5. Beat 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons butter in a bowl with an electric mixer until creamy. Add 1 1/4 cups sugar and continue to beat until mixture is very fluffy. Add 2 cups masa harina and baking powder and continue mixing dough by hand. Add milk, 1/4 cup at a time, until dough has a soft and fluffy texture. Mix in rice flour and if necessary, add more milk. Keep kneading dough until it is smooth and moist. Add almonds and continue kneading until dough is smooth and elastic.
  6. Select 1 wide corn husk or 2 small ones. Spread about 2 tablespoons of dough onto the the corn husk, filling it up to 2 inches from the bottom and 1/4 inch from the top. Add 1 tablespoon of pastry cream down the center of the dough. Fold sides of husk together, one over the other. Fold the bottom of the husk over the seam of the 2 folded sides. Repeat with remaining husks.
  7. Place a steamer insert into a saucepan and fill with water to just below the bottom of the steamer. Bring water to a boil. Add tamales with the open side up and cook until filling is heated through and separates from the husk, about 1 hour and 15 minutes. Let tamales rest for 15 minutes before serving.

05/08/2018
Sweet Almond Tamales with Pastry Cream, recipe PT15M PT1H 5 455 calories

Comment on this content
Nacho Pie
Nacho Pie
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease a 9 in..
12
RO's Spaghetti and Meatballs
RO's Spaghetti and Meatballs
Combine 1/4 cup olive oil, garlic, onion, tomatoes, and 2 ta..
29
Charley's Slow Cooker Mexican-Style Pork
Charley's Slow Cooker Mexican-Style Pork
Season pork roast with salt and ground black pepper on all s..
20
Monterey Chicken with Potatoes
Monterey Chicken with Potatoes
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). Line a 9..
344
Easy Bread Machine Dinner Rolls
Easy Bread Machine Dinner Rolls
Place water, butter, egg, 3 cups flour blend, sugar, salt an..
12
Slow Cooker Chicken Curry
Slow Cooker Chicken Curry
Combine chicken, potatoes, broth, water and curry powder in ..
27
Cream Cheese and Prosciutto Stuffed Chicken
Cream Cheese and Prosciutto Stuffed Chicken
Mix the cream cheese, red onion, garlic, and black pepper to..
560
corn fritters
corn fritters
Heat oil in a heavy pot or deep fryer to 365 degrees F (185 ..
452
Lentil and Cactus Soup (Mom's Recipe)
Lentil and Cactus Soup (Mom's Recipe)
Bring the water to a boil in a soup pot with 3 cloves of gar..
35
Poblano and Cheese Tamales (Tamales de Rajas con Queso)
Poblano and Cheese Tamales (Tamales de Rajas con Queso)
Place corn husks in a bowl, cover with boiling water, and so..
50
Red Chicken Tamales (Tamales Rojos de Pollo)
Red Chicken Tamales (Tamales Rojos de Pollo)
Place corn husks in a bowl, cover with boiling water, and so..
17
Tamales Oaxaqueños (Oaxacan-Style Tamales)
Tamales Oaxaqueños (Oaxacan-Style Tamales)
Beat 9 ounces lard in a large bowl with an electric mixer un..
10
Tamales de Puerco (Red Pork Tamales)
Tamales de Puerco (Red Pork Tamales)
Cut pork into 3 chunks and place in a large saucepan. Add on..
20
pastry cream
pastry cream
In a heavy saucepan, stir together the milk and 1/4 cup of s..
4
495
Vanilla Bean Pastry Cream
Vanilla Bean Pastry Cream
Place whole egg and 2 egg yolks into a mixing bowl. Add suga..
102
Dilly Cream Cheese in Pastry
Dilly Cream Cheese in Pastry
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly g..
20