No, they’re not pastry and not really bread, either. They’re not even baked now that I think about it. However last year I swore that when tamale season returned, I’d do them. Also given all the holiday breads, cakes and cookies we’ve all been exposed to I think they might make a nice breather from the business-as-usual baking blog routine. Homemade tamales are, if you haven’t made them before, ze bombe. (El bomba?). Whatever, they’re good.