paperlace1 Posted 14 Oct 2013 , 9:56am
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I know this is not a cake topic but can not find this on google 

 

here in the UK we can not get corn husk wraps (if anyone knows different please direct me)

 

can i use baking parchment? and would i need to grease it?

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chefywendy Posted 14 Oct 2013 , 2:29pm
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have you tried looking for plantain leaves?? Apart for corn husks, many other countries use plantain leaves although they will give your tamale a different flavor...not so pronounced but they will give it a more earthy tone, I would experiment with parchment paper but I will recommend using a more sturdy and thicker parchment paper

 

 Hopes this helps!

chefywendy Posted 14 Oct 2013 , 2:32pm
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and there shouldn't be reason to grease the parchment paper, tamales are somewhat greasy with the amount of lard used in it so I believe there's no need for it:smile:

SecretAgentCakeBaker Posted 14 Oct 2013 , 2:36pm
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AAmazon UK has the corn husks. Do you have any ethnic markets? Perhaps you can find some there.

paperlace1 Posted 16 Oct 2013 , 3:08pm
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Amazon UK has the corn husks. Do you have any ethnic markets? Perhaps you can find some there.

yes i found these but they charge for packing and delivery which doubles the cost :-t

paperlace1 Posted 16 Oct 2013 , 3:17pm
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our ethnic shops concentrate on ASIAN we are just  beginning to get stuff from the baltic states but mexican and south american foods are almost non exsistant in the UK

lindseyjhills Posted 16 Oct 2013 , 8:17pm
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APaperlace1 I'm not sure where you are in the UK, but there is a large Mexican shop in East London (near Bethnal Green) called Casa Mexico. They sell Mexican groceries, including packs of corn husks. If you can't get there in person I think you can also order online.

lindseyjhills Posted 16 Oct 2013 , 8:22pm
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AHere's the link to their site: http://www.casamexico.co.uk/products/corn_husks_for_tamales_150g-863-40.htm

jemchina Posted 18 Oct 2013 , 1:27am
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Original message sent by paperlace1

our ethnic shops concentrate on ASIAN we are just  beginning to get stuff from the baltic states but mexican and south american foods are almost non exsistant in the UK

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In the asian markets you should be able to fing banana leaves and corn husks. They are usually in the frozen section and are imported from the Phillipenes.. I'm in Canada and just found this hard to find item there this past weekend.

paperlace1 Posted 18 Oct 2013 , 10:28am

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Originally Posted by lindseyjhills 

Here's the link to their site: http://www.casamexico.co.uk/products/corn_husks_for_tamales_150g-863-40.htm

thanks for this lindsey-  just had a look  the postage is more than the product :-t think i will try the parchment idea first. I have a mexican food shop here is yorkshire it is about 30 miles away so i will wait and do a store cupboard trip.

 

just thought about my asian shop will have to check out there freezer section. as suggested - thanks everyone.

Spooky_789 Posted 19 Oct 2013 , 10:01pm

You can try using wax paper as well.  The canned tamales are wrapped with wax paper.

anavillatoro1 Posted 19 Oct 2013 , 11:23pm

AYou can use aluminum foil, I do this all the time no grease need, good luck

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