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…a Latin-American cake consisting of 3 kinds of milk (tres leches)
Coming from a Latin household I heard the name Tres Leches cake often but never tried it myself. These types of dishes bring up so many memories from my youth. We used to visit my family there every year during summer or Christmas holidays. I remember sitting at my grandmother’s house with a few cousins while slowly more people started dropping by. I would pour coffee in my tiny playing cups and served everyone coffee. That is the warmth you often will get in Latin countries. It’s the kind of hospitality that I wish more people would have at their place. Casual, welcoming, homey and simple. Because there is no need for fancy and expensive. Just a lot of love!
Anyways, a couple of months ago I decided to give it a try since I had to make something for a potluck dinner. I use the recipe from Martha Stewart and it was so easy to make. By the time I got to the buffet the only thing I saw on my tray was left-over crumbs. Again I missed the opportunity to try it. Now I’ve been craving some time in the kitchen baking so the first thing I thought of making was this. I’m a fan of condensed milk, so choosing this recipe was no surprise. I decided to give my own little twist to the original recipe and it came out even better. The best thing is that you don’t need to eat half a tray to enjoy it. One slice is more than enough.
- 350 gr all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 5 large eggs
- 150 gr granulated sugar plus 1 tbsp extra for garnish
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 115 gr butter melted and 1 extra cube for greasing
- 1 1/3 cup condensed milk
- 300 ml evaporated milk (coffee milk)
- 190 ml whole milk
- 250 gr mix of strawberries, blueberries, cherries, red currants and raspberries
- Preheat the over to 180 degrees and lightly butter a baking dish
- In a large bowl beat the eggs and sugar with an electric mixer on high until thick and light of color. Add then the vanilla.
- Turn the mix to low speed and add the flour first, then the baking powder and finally the salt.
- With a spatula fold the melted butter into the mixture.
- Pour batter into baking dish and bake until the top is golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, around 30 minutes.
- In another bowl mix together the milk. Poke the cake with a wood skewer and pour half of the mixture over the top and let it absorb for 5 minutes. Pour the rest of the mixture and let it absorb again. Let the cake rest for 1 hour.
- Before serving slice the top part of the cake to even it out. Lay fruits on top and sprinkle with sugar.
Easy and yummy! Now go enjoy it…