Saturday, June 25, 2011

Tres Leches Cake

Have you ever experienced deja vu while tasting something? That happened to me today. I saw a Tres Leches Cake on The Best Thing I Ever Ate recently and remembered seeing a recipe on The Pioneer Woman. I had to bake that sponge cake. It was a must. I'd never heard of this cake before but when I took my first bite . . . it happened. Not sure where I had this cake. No matter. I will make this again and again.

If you like the tutorial see here on The Pioneer Woman Cooks!

1 cup flour
1 1/2 t. Baking Powder
1/4 t. Salt
5 whole Eggs
1 C. Sugar, Divided
1 t. Vanilla
1/3 C. Milk
1 can Evaporated Milk
1 can Sweetened, Condensed Milk
1/4 C. Heavy Cream


1 pint Heavy Cream, For Whipping
3 Tablespoons Sugar

Preparation Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9 x 13 inch pan liberally until coated.

Combine flour, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl. Separate eggs.

Beat egg yolks with 3/4 cup sugar on high speed until yolks are pale yellow. Stir in milk and vanilla. Pour egg yolk mixture over the flour mixture and stir very gently until combined.

Beat egg whites on high speed until soft peaks form. With the mixer on, pour in remaining 1/4 cup sugar and beat until egg whites are stiff but not dry.

Fold egg white mixture into the batter very gently until just combined. Pour into prepared pan and spread to even out the surface.

Bake for 35 to 45 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Turn cake out onto a rimmed platter and allow to cool.

Combine condensed milk, evaporated milk, and heavy cream in a small pitcher. When cake is cool, pierce the surface with a fork several times. Slowly drizzle all but about 1 cup of the milk mixture—try to get as much around the edges of the cake as you can.

Allow the cake to absorb the milk mixture for 30 minutes. To ice the cake, whip 1 pint heavy cream with 3 tablespoons of sugar until thick and spreadable.
Spread over the surface of the cake. Decorate cake with whole or chopped maraschino cherries. Cut into squares and serve.

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Sunday, June 19, 2011

I felt my heart swell when I saw this...

For a second I saw the postmark and thought of Bridget. She didn't send it, but I know it could have been her. Happy Father's Day to the man I married. I love you so much.

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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

So long, farewell . . . my blog is toast

It's true. I'm putting the blog to rest. Maybe in a few years I will come back to it? Maybe I will make a fun cookbook for Christmas or something? Not sure. In a few days I'll take it down completely, so cut and paste a recipe if you're so inclined. When you get the message "you haven't been invited to view this blog . . . " don't take it personally. I don't want to delete my creation entirely - I'm just lighting it on fire on the world wide web. Later...

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Saturday, June 4, 2011

Trader Joe's Cocoa - Chocolate Cake Recipe

Trader Joe's Cocoa Powder . . . run and buy it. It's inexpensive and very high quality - it made a superior chocolate cake. I do believe this is my new "go to" chocolate cake recipe.

3 1/3 cups flour
1 1/3 cups cocoa
3 cups sugar
1 T. baking soda
1 t. salt
12 oz. butter
3 cups buttermilk
1 t. vanilla
5 eggs

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour two 9" round baking pans or line cupcakes cups with paper liners. Place all ingredients in electric mixer bowl and beat on high speed for 3 minutes. Pour into prepared pans and bake for about 55 minutes or 20-25 if you're baking cupcakes.

This recipe is far better than the one on the back of the Hershey Cocoa can. I frosted it with both a rich cocoa chocolate frosting and later with a buttercream. The buttercream had these jimmies on top, from Holland. I was hopeful they'd be similar to the crunchy European jimmies Sprinkles uses. Not so much, but they were better than supermarket sprinkles. The cover of the box amuses me - the sprinkles are on top of toast. Who does that? I've been to Amsterdam, so I know the answer.

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