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Mexico Inspired Recipes

Recipes Inspired by Mexico
Pastel de Tres Leches- Three Milk Cake
Tres Leches Cake is a favorite dessert in Mexico and Central America.  This dessert gets it's name from the three milks used to bathe the cake.  The mix of sweetened condensed milk, heavy cream and evaporated milk poured over this white cake gives it a completely different texture than other cakes.  It is a wet cake dripping in sweet creamy goodness with a light fluffy frosting.  

 Pastel de Tres Leches

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups cake flour
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 5 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 3 milk mixture to bathe the cake (see recipe below)
  • Whipped Topping (see recipe below)

Preparation:

Combine flour and baking powder and salt. In a separate bowl, combine the oil, sugar, and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract. Add the eggs to the sugar mixture one at a time until well combined. Stir in the 1/2 cup of milk, then gently fold in the flour mixture a little at a time.

Pour batter into a lightly greased cake pan or baking dish and bake at 325 degrees for 30-40 minutes or until it feels firm and an inserted toothpick comes out clean.

Let the cake cool until it feels room temperature. Turn it over onto a platter with raised edges. Pierce cake with a fork 20-30 times. Let it cool in the refrigerator for an additional 30 minutes.

Cream Syrup

  • 12 oz. evaporated milk
  • 14 oz. sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon rum or brandy (optional)

Whisk together the three milks and the rum or brandy if you are using it. Slowly pour the liquid over the cooled cake. Refrigerate for 1 hour. Occasionally, spoon the milk runoff back onto the cake.

Whipped Topping

  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon sugar

In a chilled mixing bowl add heavy cream, vanilla and sugar. Beat on high speed until peaks form. Spread a thin layer over the cake.

Top with a sprinkle of cinnamon or garnish with fresh berries.

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Posted: Tuesday, August 21, 2012 9:53 AM by Carlos Martínez
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