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.

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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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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

A Bengali Favorite: Carrot Halwa

Rich. Full of Ghee. And cooked to perfection in milk.

A sweet confection made with various kinds of flour, sweetener, milk, water, nuts, oil/fats, the “halwa” meaning “sweet”, has Arabic origins. Through trade and exchange of ideas and ingredients, the halwa has travelled eastward into the Indian subcontinent.

The Mughal/Persian influence in the subcontinent lead to the growing popularity of halwas, which today, are made with a variety of ingredients like various daals (lentils), to types of vegetables (such as carrots and bottle gourd) to those made simply with nuts (like badam ka halva or pista halwa).

This post is about one of Bangladesh’s favorites.

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Fallen Frosting

Blasted little fiends these are!! But I love them.

A shout out to my beautiful friend, whose birthday we celebrated with red velvet cupcakes with fallen cream cheese frosting.

11084110_10155448402770481_4842317634178739262_oUsually cream cheese frosting is an angel, it’s quick easy, and there’s not too much room for error. You mix equal amount of cream cheese and butter in a large bowl, beating until it’s a soft pale color, then add sugar as per your preference. There’s not much that can go wrong with the recipe. Not with the recipe.

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Maira Turns 1!

Whew! A hundred and twenty times, whew!! This event was my first ever mass-bake, and boy, I’ll tell you, cupcakes are not the sweet little tidbits that they pretend to be. My cousin and I came together to make these cupcakes for my 1-year-old niece’s birthday party. We decided on an assortment of regular and mini vanilla cupcakes decorated in pastel shades of Swiss Meringue buttercream. I think it’s safe to say that we made the right call.

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