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More formally know as Tres Leches, this Joshua Weissman recipe is actually made with Cinque Leches. A very sweet cake, this would be best enjoyed for a celebration, like a birthday.


Prep time: If making dulce de leche/ cajeta from scratch - 5 hours, if using ready made dulce de leche/ cajeta 2 hours 30 mins (incl. resting times)

Cooking time: 25 minutes

Makes: 9 slices


Ingredients

Dulce de leche or cajeta (if making):

500ml milk (whole cow's milk for dulce de leche and whole goat's milk for cajeta)

135g granulated sugar


Cake:

3 eggs

110g granulated sugar

115g plain flour

1/4 tsp baking powder

60ml milk

Dash of vanilla extract


The Moist Maker:

60ml double cream

175ml evaporated milk

200ml sweetened condensed milk

Drop of vanilla extract


To top:

120ml double cream

1/2 tbsp granulated sugar

Handful of strawberries


1. The cake


Preheat the oven to 175°c. Separate the 3 eggs. The whites go in one large bowl and the yolks in another large bowl.

Beat the yolks, gradually adding 80g of sugar until light, white and fluffy - around 3 minutes with an electric whisk. Then, add a drop [1g] of vanilla extract and 60ml milk and beat again.

With clean beaters, whisk the egg whites until fluffy - around 1 minute. Then, whilst still beating the egg whites, gradually add 30g sugar. After a couple of minutes it should form medium stiff peaks which stay put when you pull your whisk upwards. Gently fold the egg whites into the yolks, reuniting the eggs in their new forms.

In a separate bowl weigh out 115g flour, 3.5g baking powder [1/4 tsp], and a pinch of salt. Mix those dry bois together, then fold them into the egg mix until the wet and dry mixes are combined.


Grease a tin with butter or a spray oil and slip slide your cake batter into the tin.

Bake for 25-30 mins. Check the cake is cooked by prodding it with a tooth pick, if it comes out clean, then the cake is cooked.

Leave it to cool fully in the tin - between 30 minutes and an hour.


2. The soak


You want to give this sponge a good soak, like you're taking it to luxuriate at a top end spa. To a bowl add 200ml condensed milk, 175ml evaporated milk, 60ml double cream and a drop of vanilla extract. Give it a quick mix with a whisk.


Prick your cake all over with a fork, as tempting as it might be, don't get too violent with your creation - you only want to create small holes for the milks to get absorbed. Pour the whole sticky sweet mixture evenly over the cake.

Don't worry it will all be absorbed! Leave in the fridge for at least 1 hour, or up to 24 hours, so it can continue to absorb those leches.


3. From scratch: the dulce de leche or cajeta


This can be bought in a jar or tin from any large supermarket. We really feel the need to push that point, because it takes almost 2 hours to make... If you are willing to commit, then add 500ml cow's milk (to make dulce de leche) or 500ml goat's milk (to make cajeta) and 135g granulated sugar to a relatively large saucepan.

Cook on a medium high heat until lightly bubbling, then turn down to a medium low heat. You need to stir it frequently for 40 minutes and then continuously after that to ensure it doesn't stick. You know it's done when you drag your spoon across the bottom of the pan and the caramel sea stays parted for a full second. Decant into a bowl and leave to cool.


4. Assembling


Once the cake has done it's job absorbing the leches, take it out of the fridge. Dollop the dulce de leche or cajeta on, and spread thinly, being careful not to rip the cake. You will probably have some left over (score). Then whip 120ml double cream with 1/2 tbsp sugar and dollop that atop the caramely cake.

Sprinkle generously with cinnamon (essential).

Serve with strawberries; they cut perfectly through the sweetness of the cake.


And dink and sink!


Food for Thought

Lizzy says: "I think the name of this recipe says it all. It was like a poor man with a dire sugar addiction's approach to a Tiramisu. The recipe took at least five hours to make, five hours of my life I'll never get back. I blame this mostly on the cajeta making process, in which I inhaled goat milk fumes for over an hour. It was totally not worth it. Although the cinnamon tied the cake together really well and made an attempt at balancing the sweetness, it was just too sweet. I was, however, very upset when someone else took the last slice from the fridge, where it had improved in flavour after a few days. But this might be due to cavemanesque responses to the sheer quantity of sugar in this cake. 5/10."


Kate says: "While watching Josh’s video I was salivating. Lizzy and I talked back and forth about how wonderful it looked for about two weeks before we decided to cook it. That was the beginning of our downfall, high expectations. Don’t be fooled - this cake is quite an

undertaking and it took most of a Sunday to get it all done. However, there are some shortcuts I could have taken; I think making the Dulce Leche didn’t really add much more than if I’d bought it from a store, also invest in an electric whisk. Having to hand whisk the egg yolks, whites and cream physically hurt me and mentally broke me. Overall, the process of making the cake was quite fun, but once you’ve been stirring the Dulche de Leche for an hour, whatever the final result is it’s not going to feel worth it. A little too sweet and too time consuming for me 5/10"



5/10 Gasps




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