Sunday, January 2, 2011
Tamales...My Trial and Error
My mother in law said you need to use the stock for the masa because if you don't have enough fat in the masa, the dough will stick to the corn husks. Well, in addition to the fatty stock, the recipe also calls for lard. And according to the pictures and tutorials I've seen, the masa should be a texture like a very thick cake batter or peanut butter. We could not get the masa to get to that texture, it was a little grainy and separating. I didn't want to add any more products to the dough and I was getting anxious so I said, "Let's just put them together now, k?" We did and I thought it was going ok, and they looked decent though I knew they'd be a little thick.
Now it's steaming time. First, we made them to large/long for the steamer I have so a lid was not covering them, and the process of steaming would be a bust. I found that my pressure cooker was a little deeper but the lid still would not close completely but I figured it was better than what I had them in before. I forgot about them for a while and the water had already evaporated so there I was adding more water. I think that is why they came out so dry and crumbly OR I didn't have enough fat in the dough to begin with. Either way, it was not a total waste of time, however a total waste of food as noone wanted to eat them. :(
I'll try again in a week or so but I'll need to make them smaller or get a deeper steemer! Enjoy the pics! They look better than they tasted. HAHA!!
Posted by My Organized Chaotic Life at 11:12 AM