September 18, 2014

tres leches con miel

The two ingredients for September’s Improv Cooking Challenge were milk & honey. Since I’ve been “itching” to try my hand at a gluten-free tres leches cake; I decided to combine efforts with this month’s challenge.ejmilk3honey
Sweetened Condensed Milk is a major component of this cake. I made my own with honey. I followed Tiffany’s recipe here. ejmilknhoneygroup
ejmilkhoneyrecipe2After whisking this with whole milk & yogurt mixture, my “milk syrup” is now ready for after the cake cools!ejmilknhoney (14)
Sponge cake has never been my forte -- so I was taking my chances “de-glutening” it… Therefor, instead of whipping up my own gluten-free flour science experiment concoction, I decided to try Pamela’s® Artisan Flour Blend which I’d seen some friends use in their dishes with great success.ejmilknhoney (12)I wanted the recipe for the cake to be “authentic,” so I used this one from Pati’s Mexican Table. Here it is with my modifications:ejmilkhoneyrecipe1
The egg whites whipped up so nicely. ejmilknhoney (16)I desperately wished to use honey instead of sugar, but all my research indicated that the whites would not loft correctly.ejmilknhoneyI don’t remember ever beating yolks for this length of time, so I was amazed at the color they became.ejmilknhoney (17)
Every time I bake with egg whites, I cringe at the “snap - crackle - pop” sound with every stroke I use to fold the remaining ingredients. I guess I need more practice! ejmilknhoneyyolkThe finished cake appeared to be quite dense and almost resisted the milk syrup being poured over it. (Don’t know if it would have helped if I added a gum to the flour?)ejmilknhoney (21)After (somewhat) soaking in the milk syrup overnight, it was time to trim the cake to fit my platter and frost with the honey-whipped cream. I found that most of the syrup had gathered on the top, sides & bottom of the cake. (Perhaps I should’ve used a spoon handle to poke holes?) ejmilknhoney (24)Well, the way I figure, a good whipped cream covers a multitude of mistakes!ejmilknhoney (27)The flavor, however, did not disappoint! ejmilknhoney (29)
It was a moist, delicious cake. But the true test will be after my fellers have it for dessert tonight…

ejmilknhoney (332)If you’d like to catch what the other Improv peeps created with milk & honey, check out these links:

Pee-Pee Tipis

So… I found a design at Embroidery Garden that I sure wish I’d had when my boys were babies…ejtipi (2)

All four fit nicely into the little carry pouch.ejtipi (7)

They even come with a cute little poem.ejtipi (8)