Tres Leches | Recipe

It’s no secret that we are big fans of the Tres Leches cake and we would love you to join this fandom as well.

Contrary to it’s fancy sounding name, this cake is quite simple. It’s basically a vanilla sponge cake soaked in three types of milk and topped with whipped cream.

The description may lead you to think that it’s just “milk overdose” ( I had that assumption as well before I made it myself ) but trust me, it’s all so well balanced and the fruit topping cuts through the richness so beautifully that you will forget that you ever questioned the taste of this dessert. So go get some milk and try it at home! Also, this cake is best served cold.

Tres Leches_ Mango

Ingredients:

For the cake:

  • 1/2 cup (100gm) butter, cut into cubes
  • 1 cup (200g) sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  •  4 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups (200g)  flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 3-4 Tbsp milk

For the milk soak and topping:

  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 1/2 can condensed milk
  • 1/2 can evaporated milk
  • 1 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 180c. Line a square/rectangular baking dish.  A square/rectangular Pyrex dish is best as you will be able to directly serve the finished cake from it.
  2. Whisk together the flour and baking powder. Set aside.
  3. In a separate bowl, using a hand mixer, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy ( 2-3mins). Add the vanilla followed by the eggs one at a time, adding a spoonful of the flour mixture in between adding each egg.  Fold in the rest of the flour, add the milk and mix.
  4. Pour the batter in prepared pan and bake for 25-30 mins or until a cake tester inserted into the cake comes out clean.  Let it cool for 10mins. At this point you can turn out the cake and transfer it to a serving dish (make sure the dish is deep enough to catch the excess milk) or if your cake pan is presentable enough you can finish the cake without transferring it anywhere else. Once you add the milk mixture to the cake you will not be able to transfer it to another serving dish (trust me I’ve tried and milk went all over the new plate and table).
  5. Preparing the milk mixture: Combine whole milk, condensed milk and evaporated milk in a bowl/measuring cup.
  6. Assembly: After the cake is cool, pierce cake several times using a fork or toothpick. Slowly, pour over the milk mixture and let the cake soak it all in. Whip the cream to stiff peaks and spread over the cake. Add any fruit topping of choice and refrigerate. This cake is best served cold.

 

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The First Wedding Cake| Behind the scenes of Tira apu and Arnob bhaiya’s wedding cake

If I had to describe myself as a baker in one line I’d say…”I love me a good challenge and a new recipe!” Aand one fine November evening Nazia apu ( my most beloved co-worker and friend) gave me both!

She called me up and to my surprise just dropped the question “Ei tumi Tira’r wedding cake banaba ( Would you like to make Tira’s wedding cake?”). Let me give you two very important pieces of information so that you understand why this was a surprise. 1) I had never made a wedding cake before. 2) I had never expressed any intention of ever wanting to make celebration cakes let alone a wedding cake to her before!

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While I gracefully accepted the offer of making a freakin’ wedding cake for the first time in my life, inside I was like… Continue reading

Evolution of Eid Desserts | What I made for Eid

Last ramadan my cousin asked me “Eid er jonno ki banachho? (What are you making this Eid?” and I replied “Oh I haven’t decided yet but I guess I’ll bake something from the new Nigella Lawson book that I got.” Hearing that she paused for a while and said, “I meant, what clothes are you making Zymin apu.” I think that gives you an idea of how excited I get about baking something (something new) for Eid!

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As this year’s Eid draws to a close and I’m left with no desserts but a lot of leftover whipped cream (not complaining though, I love whipped cream!), here is a little roundup of all the desserts I’ve baked over the years for Eid and the inspiration/stories behind them.

Eid ul Azha 2014: Strawberry Tuille Cannolis and Petit Fours

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Right before that Eid, I had gathered the courage and cash to splurge (I was a student back then) on my first baking book called Baking with Julia from a bookstore in New Market, Dhaka. Therefore, needless to say I was really eager to try out something from that book. So I made one of the easiest recipes from it named Strawberry Tuille Cannolis. Continue reading

The Best Red Velvet Cupcakes in Dhaka!

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Red Velvet the name itself gives off an air of mystery.While the red color catches your eye, its the cream cheese frosting that is the hero of this creation.Whether as a cake or a cupcake, this dessert usually tastes as amazing as it looks. A lot of places in Dhaka now have Red Velvet cake or cupcake in their menu and after tasting a variety of them and carrying out some informal surveys, here are the top places in Dhaka where you can get your Red Velvet fix. Continue reading

Vanilla Cake with Mango filling- Celebrating a birthday and a summer fruit

If I ask any Bengali, what’s the best thing about summer, I’m sure the majority would say “Mangoes.” or as we lovingly call them….”Aam”  This fruit, so delicious, so sweet and perfect! I feel bad for those people in this world who will never get to know the wonderful-ness that is an Aam, who don’t have such easy access to Aam every summer as we Bangladeshis do. So as the lucky ones I feel it is our duty to showcase and celebrate this fruit in every way possible!

As for my part, last summer I made a mango salad on my birthday which went down very well and when this summer came around, I was looking forward to another occasion where I could use mangoes in a different way. That occasion came on my brother’s birthday which was on the 16th of June and I decided to make a cake incorporating mangoes in it. Continue reading

Disaster Diary- When a cake plops, turn it into cake pops

Most people who love to bake will tell you that there is considerable joy in baking but what they don’t tell you is that from time to time there’s considerable frustration as well. As for me, I attach myself to the process so much that when I see a cake sink in the middle after taking it out of the oven, same happens to my heart.

This is the story of one such incident… Continue reading

The Banana Bread – surprisingly simple and good!

Looking at the weather today, I thought it’s a pretty fine day to write about….bananas! Why not?

Woke up to my alarm this morning to see that it still dark outside and it’s pouring rain. I reached for my phone, thinking that it was probably 4 am and I still have hours before I have to wake up for office.To my surprise and disappointment it was 8 am so I had no other option then to part with my lovely bed on such a cozy morning. Unlike this morning, this banana bread that I’m talking about was a pleasant surprise!

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I was skeptical about it for I assumed it tasted like our deshi banana pitha (“kola’r” pitha) which I don’t like at all because it smells so strongly of banana. It was this unpleasant experience with kolar pitha which held me back from trying out the banana bread despite seeing bloggers and vloggers rave about how tasty and easy it was to make.

Then one day my Dadu, fed-up of how she has to still nag everyone to eat fruits at home placed a basket of over-ripe bananas in front of me and said, ‘Use them up, make a custard or something, everybody likes that.” That’s when inspiration struck and I said to myself nope, not making an easy-peasy custard, today is the day I find out how these overripe and unattractive bananas are transformed into this talked about banana cake.

I was already impressed when I saw how easy it is to make; you literally need 2 bowls, a spatula and a fork.Place your dry ingredients in a large bowl, in a smaller bowl mix your wet ingredients which are eggs, melted butter,vanilla and mashed bananas and pour them into your dry ingredients, give it a good stir with the spatula and you’re good to go. After 40mins in the oven, I took out the banana bread, perfectly golden brown and smelling glorious. I cut a piece and took a bite right after I turned it out of the pan and boy it was love at first bite. I knew right away that this is going into my list of staple sweet items. It’s called bread but I’d say it’s somewhere in between a bread and a cake. It is one of those baked items which you can whip up and enjoy anytime at home or even take to someone’s place instead of just a pound cake. It looks better than a pound cake but requires half the effort. Win-win!

What I’m trying to say is don’t misunderstand banana breads because they contain bananas, they don’t smell strongly of banana at all, rather they are so hearty and wholesome you’ll feel good eating it. So next time you have over-ripe bananas in the house, don’t give up on them, use them to make a banana bread or if you can’t wait get some over ripe bananas from the store and make them today. Your life, your choices!

This is the recipe I used: http://www.joyofbaking.com/breakfast/BananaBread.html

I just replaced white sugar with brown sugar.Keep in mind, baking times may vary.

They taste best when they are warmed or toasted I’d say.

Random takeaway: There’s something oddly satisfying about mashing bananas, you should try it.

-Z