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strawberry tamales at All-Star Tamales, Old Oakland farmers' market

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Other than sweet corn tamales, I had never tasted a tamale de dulce, so I was very excited to see that the All-Star Tamales stand at the Friday Old Oakland farmers' market now sells strawberry tamales. Like their sweet corn tamales, these are smaller than the savory tamales and cost half the price.

The ingredients listed are strawberry preserves, raisins, and walnuts. I was expecting chunks of preserves to be nestled inside the masa, but instead found that the preserves had been blended into the masa so that the entire tamale was a pastel pink. Is this usual?

I didn't like this tamale as much as their excellent sweet corn tamale, but it was fun to try.

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  1. All the sweet tamales I've had have been made that way: with the sweet flavor blended into the masa. La Borinquena in Oakland makes tamales like the one you described.

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    1. re: Ruth Lafler

      Yup. Thats the way they made them in Mexico City. It seemed that sweet tamales were more of a week-end thing there, at least the places I frequented.