Dessert Tamale with Blueberry Cardamom Sauce

Lining individual ramekins with corn husks gives this dish authentic tamale flavor without the time-consuming preparation. Finish these dessert “tamales” with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a drizzle of Blueberry Cardamom Sauce.

Serves: Makes 10 servings.
  • Dessert Tamale:
  • Blueberry Cardamom Sauce:
30 mins Prep time 40 mins Cook time
30 mins Prep time
40 mins Cook time
  • For the Dessert Tamale, preheat oven to 350°F. Place 10 (6-ounce) ramekins on large shallow baking sheet. Line each ramekin with a corn husk. Set aside. Mix half-and-half, milk, masa harina, sugar and butter in medium saucepan. Stirring constantly, bring to boil on medium heat. Reduce heat to medium-low; simmer 2 minutes or until slightly thickened, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Let stand 10 to 15 minutes or until slightly cooled.

  • Beat egg yolks in small bowl. Stir into masa mixture. Beat egg whites in medium bowl with electric mixer on high speed until soft peaks form. Stir 1/3 of the egg whites into masa mixture until well mixed. Gently stir in remaining egg whites. Spoon about 1/2 cup masa mixture into each ramekin.

  • Bake 35 minutes or until top is golden brown and center is slightly loose. (Knife inserted into center comes out clean.) Meanwhile, for the Blueberry Cardamom Sauce, mix all ingredients in medium saucepan. Stirring constantly, bring to boil on medium heat and boil 1 minute until thickened. Remove from heat.

  • Remove ramekins from oven. Let stand 5 minutes before serving. (Tamales will deflate in center upon standing.) Place a small scoop ice cream in center of each tamale. Spoon about 2 tablespoons of Blueberry Cardamom Sauce over ice cream. Serve immediately.

Cooking tip

Masa harina is the flour made from dried corn kernels that have been soaked in limewater. It is used to prepare corn tortillas, tamales, pupusas and gorditas. It is available in the Latin markets or baking aisle of some supermarkets. Dried corn husks can also be found in Latin markets.

Nutrition information

(Amount per serving)

  • 336Calories: 336Cholesterol: 115mg
  • Sodium: 81mgProtein: 6g
  • Total Fat: 12gFiber: 1g
  • Carbohydrate: 51g