1/2 recipe Coconut Masa (recipe follows)
1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/3 cup brown sugar
12 baby bananas, peeled
Vanilla ice cream (optional)
Dulce de leche (recipe follows)
At least 12 (6-inch by 8-inch) pieces of banana leaf, plus more for tying
Add the masa to a large bowl and work the raisins, chestnut puree and nutmeg into the masa.
To assemble the tamales, spread about 1/3 cup filling in the middle of a softened piece of banana leaf, press a baby banana into the masa then fold and tie it. Repeat for the remaining tamales.
Steam the tamales for 1 hour and serve hot with vanilla ice cream and Dulce de leche.