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Tamal asado it is one of those recipes that takes me back to my childhood. Both of my grandmothers prepared it very often and I remember that both of their recipes were so different but both very delicious.
Tamal is made with corn flavor, sugar and cheese. This recipe that I share today, is my mothers version, which for me is the best, it is softer and has a secret ingredient: coconut.
Typically the tamal was cooked in a steel casserole in the wood stove, which gives it a special flavor. In my case, I like to cook it in a pyrex made of translucent glass, so I can see that the bottom part has the desired color.
I invite you to try this recipe, it is super simple, gluten free and perfect to have with a cup of coffee.
1 cup corn flour ( I prefer the Juana Brand)
3/4 cup dry coconut
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup sour cream
1 tsp vanilla
1/8 cup butter
1 1/2 cup milk
350g soft young cheese called queso cremoso.
Preheat oven at 325. Using a blender, mix the cheese and the milk. In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients and mix with your hands or a spoon.
Transfer to an 8 by 8 in a baking dish and cook for 35 to 40 min until a toothpick inserted into the middle come clean. Turn the oven to broil on low and cook for a few more minutes to give it a nice brown color.
2/11/2022 10:57:26 am
Can you please tell me if the coconut is sweetened or unsweetened and if the corn flour is the same as corn meal. We are making this for a homeschool coop class on Costa Rica and want to get it right. It looks delicious.
3/17/2022 09:30:13 am
The coconut is unsweetened and the corn flour is not the same as corn meal.
10/12/2022 02:52:22 am
Really spring good order. By hospital teach foreign.
12/12/2022 10:34:38 am
Hi, Meli. I am really looking forward to making this for my tico soon. A question, however: is the dry coconut of an unsweetened, shredded variety? Is it like a ground-up coconut (coconut flour or meal)? Do I blend it with a food processor or blender, or is it something you should feel in your teeth when biting into the cake?
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Hi I'm Meli and I love food, I love cooking, I love eating, I love traveling and I love Costa Rica. I want to share a little bit of my culture through my food