Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Pamonhas de Norte

At our tamale party this weekend one of the guests, Julie, taught us to make these Pamonhas de Norte (Northern Brazil Sweet Tamales) & everyone loved this sweet treat full of corn, coconut, bananas & cinnamon.
Tamale Making
Typically pamonhas are steamed in banana leaves which imparts a green banana flavor to them. Since we were going to be wrapping ours in corn husks Julie added banana to the mixture. The added banana gives them a moister almost pudding-like texture once cooked (though even without the banana these would not get as firm as regular tamales). You could probably get a firmer finished pamonhas by adding some more masa flour to the mix but we didn't get a chance to try that out. These treats made the perfect dessert for our tamale feast. Thanks Julie for sharing these with us!

Pamonhas de Norte (Northern Brazil Sweet Tamales)
(Julie got this from a cookbook years ago & doesn't remember which one)

1/4 c masa flour
1 can creamed corn
1 c shredded unsweetened coconut
1/3 c sugar
1 small banana, mashed
1/4 t cinnamon
pinch of nutmeg
2 T melted butter
splash of dark rum
Tamale Making
Mix all ingredients together. Wrap in corn husks or banana leaves using a strip of the wrapping to tie them into little packages. Steam for 40 minutes. They filling will have a pudding-like texture

Makes about 10 (We had a double batch & got about 24)

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14 comments:

Tangled Noodle said...

Yay! This is great - thank you and Julie for sharing this recipe. I hadn't heard of pamonhas before but when you mentioned a Brazilian sweet tamale, I was hooked. I'm bookmarking this right now and checking the pantry to see what I need . . .

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

Sounds like a great party - and looks like a great tamale! Or rather pamonhas!

Lori said...

Yay! It is pamonhas. That is what I was thinking of. There was a restaurant in the town where we lived that was all pamonhas and corn products. We had both savory and sweet like this. They also used to make them at the local farmer's market. Wow, now I'm having a miss Brazil day. :)

kat said...

Lori - I was worried what you were going to say when you saw this since I have no idea what pamonhas are supposed to be like. Glad this was what you were thinking of.

George Gaston said...

kat, these sound delicious. I have never attempted tamales, but your friends recipe seems easy enough. I will try and find either banana leaves or corn husk and giving it a go. Thanks...

Dawn said...

you come up with the best ideas. I have yet to even make a tamale, can you believe that?

Lo said...

Now, we've made tamales... but we've never made these. They sound delicious! And what a great idea for a party. Sure to scare the winter blues away.

grace said...

here's my thought process with this one:
bananas, coconut, and cinnamon--YES.
corn? hold on. that's not a dessert ingredient.
well, it is kinda sweet.
okay, kat wins--this'd be AWESOME.

recap: neat treat. :)

dangerkittydesigns said...

I've been in need of a sweet corn tamale recipe like the kind I get at La Loma at Midtown Market... This will tide me over and quite possibly surpass those.

Unplanned Cooking said...

Never heard of these, but they look great! Very fun, and how cute that you wrapped them up like a little present.

kat said...

Dangerkitty - I love the ones at La Loma but these are nothing like that. Try the recipe on this page for those http://agoodappetite.blogspot.com/2008/08/recipes-to-rival-tamale-challenge.html

Fresh Local and Best said...

Ooooo! This looks quite delectable!

Deborah said...

I have a cookbook that is just on tamales, but I have never made any before. I've never seen a sweet version like this - they sound wonderful!

Lori said...

I never heard of these before. A good idea!

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