How to Form a Tamale

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Lay a corn husk on a clean work surface with the wide edge toward you (this is the bottom). Measure a 1/4 cup of the masa dough and spread it a 1/4 inch thick on the husk, leaving a 1/2-inch border along the bottom. (Because all corn husks are different sizes, it's more important to get the thickness of the masa right rather than worry about covering the husk with masa.)