There is a whole pack of recipes in Joanna Gaines’s new Magnolia Table Cookbook Vol. 2 that you can use to create a Mexican theme night! I made this Tres Leches for dessert the night I made the Steak Tacos, Homemade Tortillas, and Cilantro Lime Rice. It is a great ending even if it was my first time making one and I need to follow the advice I share with you below.
This was my first attempt at a Tres Leches cake and I have to say, it was surprisingly easy. I think it was a cake I always steered clear of trying because it’s super expensive to buy in the store and for some reason that equals hard to make. I don’t get my reasoning, but if yours is the same don’t let it hold you back any longer!
It is a basic sponge cake. You whip it for a while in the stand mixer to get lots of air in it and it puffs up nicely in the oven. And that is pretty much it.
Super simple, throw it in a buttered pan and bake it. Be sure to use a brush or your hands to butter the pan, it makes all the difference!
Well, as you can probably imagine, the reaction was pretty great. Like I said earlier, I served this for dessert on theme night and the family basically fought over finishing the last piece.
The fruit on top is a MUST and splurge on some really good cinnamon if you can. It is a very forward flavor you will taste and you want some good stuff. The bulk section of your favorite healthy grocery usually has some higher-end cinnamon that you can buy just a little for a small price.
When baking the cake, bake it 5 minutes longer than it says, I checked my middle with a cake tester and it came out clean, but as it cooled I got a dip and a gummy middle. You want a nice dry cake for this, so give it a little more time.
When it comes time to soak the cake, don’t just dump all the liquid on at once. This will give you well soaked edges and a not so soaked middle. Pour it on slowly and focus on the middle because you will always have run off to the sides.
Also, poke BIG holes for better milk distribution. Joanna says to use a fork to make holes in the cake, I would suggest the end of a wooden spoon for larger holes that will absorb more milk, even in the middle.
The way we see Tres Leches topped at the grocery stores in Texas is with lots of fresh fruits on top. Typically kiwi, orange, and strawberry at a minimum. So top it with lots of fruit and don’t skimp on the cinnamon.
Overall, for my first time making it I think it was a success. The family loved it and I can imagine I will get more requests for it to be made again in the future.
Until next time, Happy Cooking!
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MY FAVORITE KITCHEN TOOLS!
Here are a few links to some of my favorite kitchen tools! You get a car, YOu get a car, YOU ALL GET A CAR…in my best Oprah voice
These Rösle Silicone Tongs are a little pricey but they will last you the rest of your life and are the softest in your hand. This is important for someone like m that cooks so much. It reduces strain, I have 4 sets in my kitchen!
These are my FAVE Nordic Ware Sheet Pans, every kitchen should have at least 2 sets of these! I think I have at least 4 of each of these.
This is my favorite pressure cooker, the Fagor is the same concept as the “Instant Pot” but easier to use in my opinion, if you don’t have one you NEED one, it will be your best friend in the kitchen!
A sharp knife is the most important tool in the kitchen, these Japanese steel “Shun” knives are my favorite! And this is a great starter set to build on. Once you try them you will be in love so use this as a foundation you can build on for years to come.
This Scanpan 11″ skillet is just the right size for almost anything you will need to cook and my best friend and a real workhorse in my kitchen, it’s also a great deal at $99. Scanpan is the best in the world for healthy cooking. It is coated with a proprietary ceramic-titanium coating that is durable while allowing you to use fewer fats and oils when cooking. It is a coating only they use. I could talk all day about my love for these pans, message me if you want more info. Here are some other sizes that are available if you are looking to outfit your kitchen with some new goodies. 8″ & 10″ Skillet set or 8″ Skillet, I still need this one for my kitchen Also, I don’t really know how to cook small so the 12.5″ is my other fave!
This giant vat of olive oil is my favorite, I decant it into a smaller bottle for my counter. Or put this spigot on top of a wine bottle!
My favorite baking dish that is so easy to clean even burnt on cheese slides right off!
This Tovolo jar scraper has to be my single favorite kitchen tool, it is definitely the most used tool in my kitchen. If you are NOT a gadget person, this is the only necessity I say is a MUST beyond the wooden spoon.
A great wood spoon is essential, this Olive Wood one is my favorite, I have more than I can count. But can you really ever have too many?
A food scale can be a very important tool in your kitchen, this one is the one I use every day!
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