Thursday, December 23, 2010

Tres Leches Cake

 The 3 leches (3 milks) cake is the ultimate  cake in Latin America. It is a very rich, moist and sweet dessert. If you love sweets this cake will be your new addiction.



2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons butter
1 cup milk
4 whole eggs
1 1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract
the zest of a lime

 - Preheat the oven to 350 F, sift together the flour, baking powder and salt and set aside.

- In a small saucepan melt the butter in the milk and set aside.

- Beat the eggs in a mixer on high speed for 10 minutes until light and fluffy. Add the sugar and beat for 2 more minutes. Decrease the speed to minimum,  mix in the sifted mixture and when it is incorporated add the butter, the milk, the vanilla and the lemon zest and blend well.

- butter or oil spray a 4 by 10 inch rectangular cake pan, pour the mix and bake for 45 minutes or until the toothpick comes out clean when you insert it in the center.  Set aside to cool. leave the cake in the pan.

3 Leches Sauce

1 can evaporated milk
1 can condensed milk
2 cups heavy cream divided
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
strawberries or any fruit of your choice to garnish

whisk the 3 milks with the vanilla, remember to set aside 1 cup heavy cream for garnishing.Make  holes in the cake with a toothpick and pour the milk mixture all around to be absorbed. Whisk the remaining cup heavy cream and pour at the top of each portion to decorate along with strawberries or any fruit of your preference.


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