For my tamale dough:
1 cup of Maseca for tamales
1 cup warm apple juice concentrate
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/3 cup butter, slightly softened
1/3 cup softened cream cheese
1/2tsp ground Wise Woman of The East Spice Blend (pumpkin pie spice will work)
1 tsp hazelnut oil (or 1/2 tsp brandy extract)1 tsp lemon or orange zest (optional)
To make the dough:Combine Maseca, baking powder, salt, zest and spice in a bowl. Add apple juice concentrate and flavor to the dry ingredients. Add pieces of the butter and whip well. Continue adding butter until it is all combined and smooth. Add the cream cheese as well and whip until creamy smooth.
1 Granny smith apple, peeled, cored and sliced
1/2 cup prepared whole berry cranberry sauce
1 tsp Wise Woman of The East Spice Blend
1 T honey
Combine all ingredients and simmer in a small sauce pan 3-5 minutes until apple is tender (or microwave 3 minutes).
You will need 8 pieces of parchment paper (8 inch squares) or 8 corn husks for tamales that have been soaked for 30 minutes. Parchment doesn't need to be soaked. Place a scoop of sweet masa dough in the middle of the parchment and spread out into a 2 inch circle. In the middle place 2 T of apple filling.
Cover the filling with dough.
Roll up the filling tightly in the parchment and fold the paper under.
Place in a steamer insert, cover with a clean damp kitchen towel and then cover with a tight lid. Steam 1 hour.