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Strawberry Tres Leche Shortcake

Friday, 08 June 2012 20:48
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Brenda found this recipe for tres leche shortcake last week so we gave it a try.  Wow!  what a difference the super moist tres leche cake makes over a traditionally dry shortcake. This recipe is definitely worth trying.

Ingredients:

For the Shortcake:

  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk

For the Tres Leche:

  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 can evaporated milk
  • 1/2 can sweetened condensed milk

strawberry tres leche shortcake

Instructions:

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Butter an 8 x 8 pan, then line with parchment paper.
  • Whisk together the dry ingredients.  Place the softened butter and the sugar in a mixing bowl. Using the paddle attachment of an electric mixer, beat on medium speed until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating each until just combined. Mix in the vanilla. Add the flour mixture alternating with the buttermilk in three stages. Mix until each addition is well incorporated, taking care not to over beat.
  • Scrape the cake batter into the prepared pan and smooth the top with a spatula. Place on the middle rack in the oven and bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until golden brown and the center springs back.
  • Let the cake cool in the pan for 20 minutes, then take it out let it cool some more on a cooling rack.
  • Once completely cool, cut the cake into 9 squares.  Using a wooden skewer, poke holes all over the surface of the cake. This will help the cake absorb the tres leche mixture more evenly.
  • For the tres leche, combine the milk, evaporated milk, and sweetened condensed milk in a bowl. Dip each piece of cake into the tres leche mixture.  Gently flip the cake to make sure that both sides have evenly absorbed the liquid.  If you soak it for too long, the cake will be too soggy and fall apart.  But if you don’t soak it long enough, the cake will not be moist enough.
  • Place the soaked cake onto the baking sheet until you’re ready to assemble the dessert. This step can be done ahead of time, just wrap well and refrigerate.
  • Using a metal spatula, transfer one of the pieces of cake onto a dessert plate.  Pile on sliced strawberries, top with fresh whipped cream and drizzle with some strawberry syrup.


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May
05
2012

Cinco de Mayo 2012

Saturday, 05 May 2012 12:22
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Happy Cinco de Mayo!  of course we are making some new recipes to celebrate.  Isn't that what it's about?  The pico de gallo is all prepped  and chilling in the fridge fo r a little while, the poblanos are roasted, and waiting for their stuffing to become chile rellenos.  Of course there will be some margaritas, and the main course... beef enchiladas.  It's a good day.

pico de gallo prep

roasted poblanos

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Apr
29
2012

Mmm waffles!

Sunday, 29 April 2012 12:40
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This morning we were having trouble trying to figure out what to have for breakfast.  I remembered we had some fresh strawberries, heavy cream, and chocolate ganache left from some failed cupcakes last night.  So it made perfect sense to make waffles with strawberries, whipped cream drizzled with chocolate sauce.  We have a few different waffle recipes that we use, but the quickest and easiest is the buttermilk pancake recipe just whip the egg whites to make the waffles super fluffy and light.  It was a good morning!

delicious waffles

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Feb
15
2012

Is it spring yet?

Wednesday, 15 February 2012 14:43
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I know it's been a super easy, warm winter without much (any?) snow... but I ran accross this picture on my phone that I took back in November that reminds me how much I wish it was spring...

Autumn roadster

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Feb
13
2012

Wonderful dessert!

Monday, 13 February 2012 12:26
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Brenda found a new recipe for a cake that she wanted to try out.  So this weekend we made this Brown Butter Vanilla Bean Cake with White Chocolate Grand Marnier mousse filling and Orange Cream Cheese Frosting.  It was soooo good, I can't wait to get home and have another slice.  Check out the recipes, it was worth the effort!

Brown butter Vanilla bean cake

It's amazing that I don't weigh 500 pounds when there is always something good cooking in our house.

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