Sweet Pear Tamales
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Sweet Pear Tamales
Sweet Pear Tamales
8 large dried corn husks (on the ethnic foods aisle)
1/2 cup butter softened
2 cups masa for tamales (on the ethnic foods aisle)
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tsp. each: baking powder and cinnamon
1/2 tsp. allspice
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1 to 2 cups pear nectar (near the non-refrigerated bottled juice)
2 firm but ripe Elliot Family Pears peeled, pitted and diced

Serve with a dollop of sour cream and a sprinkle of brown sugar, if you like.

Prep: 30 minutes  Cook: 1 hour  Serves: 8

1. Place corn husks in a large bowl of hot water. Place a plate on top to keep them submerged; let stand for at least 15 minutes.
2. Beat all ingredients except pear nectar and pears in a large mixer bowl. Slowly beat in pear nectar, adding enough to make a fluffy dough; stir in pears.
3. Drain husks and pat dry. Spread equal amounts of masa mixture down the center of each. Fold in sides, then the pointed end of each.
4. Place open side up in a large pot fitted with a steamer basket. Cover and steam for 1 hour. Best served soon after steaming.  

Nutritional Information:
Nutrition per serving: 318 calories, 3 g protein, 13 g total fat (7 g sat., 0 g trans), 51 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 26 g sugar, 31 mg cholesterol, 61 mg sodium, 9 points