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How difficult ARE tamales?

nooodles | Jul 19, 200503:00 PM

I love tamales. Love 'em. And I have a lot of time this week, so it'd be a rare chance to do it.

What are people's favorite recipes, especially those from websites with lengthy descriptions?

Can I hope to make good tamales the first time I try, or is it one of those things where I have to be prepared to fail the first time (for example, bread would be something I would warn people has a high liklihood of failure on the first try). Other questions:

-how many days should I set aside for this project?
-can I make just a dozen?
-is there a way to test a little of the dough mix before I wrap and steam all the tamales?
-is it a lot cheaper to make them yourself, or is it almost worth it to just pay $2 each at a Mexican restaurant/grocery store?

I've linked below a website I found with great step-by-step instructions and photos. Does the actual recipe look right to people?

Link: http://www.sonofthesouth.net/tamales/

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