Pan Tamales

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Total Time
1hr 10mins
10 mins
1 hr

Much easier to make than real tamales! Very tasty.

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  1. In a large bowl, beat together margarine and masa with a hand mixer until well combined, adding water as needed.
  2. Add salt and sugar and enough water to make a thick batter (the consistancy should be somewhere between cookie dough and cake batter).
  3. Pour half of the batter into an ungreased 8"x8" square pan.
  4. Spread the meat over the first layer, then spread the rest of the batter on top.
  5. Cover pan with foil.
  6. Place the pan into another, larger pan.
  7. Pour hot water into the bottom pan so that the smaller pan is about 1/4"-1/2" submerged.
  8. Place pans into a 350 degree oven.
  9. Bake in water bath for 50 minutes, then allow to sit for 5-10 minutes.
  10. Slice and serve with beans and rice, and sauce, if desired.