Monday, December 19, 2011

Pomegranate Tamale with Flan Sauce

I am excited to add this dessert Tamale to our Christmas Eve Buffet. I had so much fun developing this Tamale and I am sure it will appear on several menus in the future. We just loved this Tamale and sure hope you enjoy it. I presented the Savory Tamale for this year last week and that link will be at the end of this post along with last years Sweet Tamale.

Pomegranate Tamale with Flan Sauce

Pomegranate Tamale with Flan Sauce
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The Filling
1 cup of fresh Pomegranate Seeds
1 cup cream cheese soften
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 cup Pepper Jack Cheese grated
1/2 cup pecans chopped fine

The Sauce
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1 12 ounce can evaporated milk
1/2 cup Pomegranate juice
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 Tablespoons Corn Starch
1/2 cup water

Basic Tamale Dough
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Makes 12 Tamale
2 cups Masa Harina
2 cups Boiling Water
11 tablespoons vegetable shortening or Lard chilled
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon Cayenne pepper
1/2 cup chicken stock, chilled
  • In a mixer with paddle attachment mix the Masa Harina, cumin, and Cayenne pepper
  • Add the boiling water in a steady stream to the mixing bowl while the mixer is on medium speed. Continue to mix until the dough forms a ball. Continue to mix  for five minutes.
  • Transfer the dough ball to a clean bowl and refrigerate the dough for one hour.
  • Returning the dough to the mixer, beat the dough on medium to high for five more minutes.
  • With the mixer running add the vegetable shortening 2 tablespoons at a time and mix well with each addition until the entire shortening amount has been added and the mixture is smooth.
  • Combine the salt baking powder and chilled Chicken stock, slowing adding the mixture to the dough while the mixer is running. Mix until thoroughly combined.
 Mix The Masa Dough

 Let The Dough Rest
 The Corn Husk
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  • Rinse the Corn Husk
  • Soak the Corn Husk in warm water about 30 minutes.
  • Take the Corn Husk from the water and place it on a towel then  pat the Husk dry.
  • Tear enough stripes of Husk to tie the Tamale 
 Soak The Husk

 Dry The Husk

The Filling
To an electric mixer bowl add the soft cream cheese, Pepper Jack Cheese and Powdered Sugar. Mix until the mixture is very smooth and blended well. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Cream Cheese, Pepper Jack Cheese, Powdered Sugar

Mix Until Creamy

Fresh Pomegranate

Fresh Pomegranate Seeds

 Assemble The Tamale
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  • Spread the dry Corn Husk with a fairly thin layer of the masa dough
  • Place about 3 to 4 tablespoons of the filling down the center of the masa dough sprinkle the Pomegranate Seed and the Pecans on top of the filling
  • Roll the Tamale
  • Tie the Tamale

Fill The Tamale
Cooking the Tamale
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  • Steam the Tamale in a steamer for 1 hour. Make sure the lid to your steamer is tight. Some people like to wrap their Tamales in a towel to steam, but if your lid fits right you won't have to wrap them.
  • Remove the Tamale and let them dry on a  cookie sheet for at least 15 minutes before serving.
 Cook The Tamale

The Sauce
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Mix the sugar, milk and Pomegranate juice. Warm  the mixture in a sauce pan on medium heat, be careful not to boil and stir constantly so the mixture won't burn to the bottom,  until the sugar is melted. Mix the cornstarch with the water and add the cornstarch to thicken.  Serve Warm and Garnish with Fresh Pomegranate Seeds.
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We really enjoyed you coming by today to enjoy this dessert with us. It is always so special when you come to The Cottage to spend time with us. We would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas and wonderful memories with friends and family. Sure hope that you will come back to see us real soon!
Peace and Joy
Miz Helen
Other Tamale Recipes From Miz Helen's Kitchen


  1. The Tamale looks awesome,Miz Helen - what beautifully done!So kind of you to come over and leave me a sweet comment:)I will definitely be back this week at FPT - wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas:)

  2. What an interesting combination with an almost savory sweetness. Perfect for the holidays!!

  3. Hi Miz Helen-I really love the Tex-Mex flavors, and this one has an amazing, colorful, and delicious festive spin on it!
    What a wonderful recipe. I can imagine how your company will love it!
    Thanks for sharing; wishing you a very Merry Christmas!

  4. This is a creative and festive recipe! Love it. :) Merry Christmas!

  5. What a festive dessert you created, Miz Helen! The colors, tastes & textures will be incredible!! Merry Christmas!!

  6. Looks delicious & healthy...Found this blog via a linky party & I am your new follower..

  7. Mmmmm sweet and savory! I have never had anything like this but would love to try it and it is very festive looking! Thanks for sharing at Mrs Foxs Sweet Party and have a Merry Christmas :)

  8. YUM! I LOVE dessert tamales and this looks like a fabulous recipe! I'm actually on the schedule to bring dessert tamales to one of our holiday meals. Your flan sauce would definitely complement the tamales I have in mind! Great recipe!


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