This dessert takes its inspiration from the harvest cakes of Italy and Provence, where grapes and olives grow in abundance. The recipe calls for a sweet wine to flavor the cake, but you could also use white wine left over from last night’s dinner.
The success of tamale making depends on assembling the right steamer. Select a container with a lid that is large enough to easily hold all tamales, and use a stainless steel steamer rack, steamer basket or a Chinese metal or bamboo steamer, making sure that the water does not touch the rack.
This recipe was awarded "Best Dessert" in VT's 2014 Reader Recipe Contest.