Rhubarb Sweet tamales
For the Rhubarb filling:
3 rhubarbs cut into 1 inch chunks
1/3 cup sugar
1 vanilla bean
2 cups of natural corn flour "Minsa Tamales" brand
1 cup of water
1 cup of sweet and condensed milk
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup butter
12 cornhusks previously boiled
For the filling, place the rhubarb chunks with the sugar and vanilla bean seeds over medium heat, put the lid on and stir the rhubarb once every 5 mins for approx 15 mins until you get a thick marmalade consistency. Meanwhile prepare the tamales dough. First beat the butter until light and fluffy. In a separate bowl combine the corn flour, baking powder and salt. Add the water and sweet & condensed milk until thick. Add the thick batter to the butter and beat until everything is well combined.
To asemble, put a spoonful of the batter into the previously boiled corn husks (this make them soft and manageable). Spread the batter with your spoon in the middle of the corn husk, then add a teaspoon of the filling and wrap it to avoid the filling or the tamale batter to spread out. Steam the tamales in a deep pot for almost 1 hour or until the batter is set. You can eat them at this point or if you want for them to be more set you can let them cool in the fridge and reheat them later. ENJOY!
And if you want to kick it up a nodge, you can serve your tamales with a delicious, hot, silky and sweet atole.. believe me, on a weather like today where I am seeing just outside my window a weird mix of icy rain.... it is a great treat!