Pastel De Tres Leches (three Milk Cake)
-----FOR THE BATTER-----
Flour -- sifted
-----FOR THE MILKS-----
Heavy cream (or whipping)
Sweetened condensed milk
-----FOR THE MERINGUE-----
Light corn syrup
Limes -- juice only
-----FOR THE GARNISH-----
This unusual cake is served for special occasions in Mexico, particularly in Sinaloa, where it originated.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a 12 by 8 inch cake pan.
Prepare the batter: Cream butter. Gradually mix in sugar, and continue beating until mixture is light and creamy. Add egg yolks.
Slowly mix in flour, baking powder, and salt. Add vanilla extract, and slowly mix in milk until batter is thick.
In another bowl, beat egg whites until stiff. Fold into batter. Pour batter into cake pan.
Bake for 40 minutes or until edges are golden brown. Remove from oven and cool on rack.
Prepare the milks: Blend evaporated and condensed milks and evaporated cream cream with egg yolks in a blender or food processor.
Bring half this mixture to a boil in a saucepan, stirring constantly.
Remove from heat, and stir in remaining mixture. Pour over cake.
Prepare the meringue: In a double boiler, mix egg whites and sugar.
Beat until stiff. Slowly add corn syrup, and continue beating until stiff peaks form. Add lime juice, and continue beating until shiny.
Remove from heat. Invert cake on a deep dish or platter. Spread meringue over cake, and decorate with strawberries. Serve at room temperature.
Recipe By: The Taste of Mexico by Patricia Quintana Garry Howard firstname.lastname@example.org