Unfilled Tamales

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1 large bunch (about 2 lbs.) unbroken hojas de milpa

(corn leaves, not husks), fresh or dried

1/4 oz. tequesquite (an alkaline salt)

1 1/2 lbs. smooth-ground fresh masa (corn dough) for tortillas

2 1/2 cups chicken stock

2 tbsp. manteca (lard

2 tsp. cal (calcium hydroxide), sifted

1 tsp. salt

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