My great-grandma Oma always said you’re never too old for hugs. I’m not going anywhere with this, it’s really just an opener and I had nothing else. I miss that crazy old thing! I love that woman. I remember when we used to pull out of the driveway and she would chase the car and bark like a dog. In the moment, we would roll our eyes and think she was out of her mind. Now, I think it’s genius and the blood I come from and I can’t wait to do it when I get old. I think of it as more of a tradition in the family. My nephew Seth will despise coming over to my house, because God as my witness, I am running after the car and barking like a mad fool or Gilberto will be pushing me in the wheelchair as I bark. Which might even be funnier. I guess where I was going with this is, never grow up!
I have a ton of booze at the house that Gilberto has provided (Side note: Gilberto thinks I’m an alcoholic). I always try to look at this on the positive side and look at the booze as a spice rack if you will. In my mind I think, if people are pouring vanilla extract in there baked goods, why not flavored alcohol? Am I alone on this one? Granted, these flavors aren’t baked in….this time! If you haven’t been to the liquor store lately, you’re really missing out because now you can get your booze and lottery ticket in one shot. The liquor store is loaded now with liqueurs that have some ingenious flavors and with the cool bottles that get me every time. This Tres Leche’s isn’t anything ground breaking flavor wise, it’s Bailey’s and Adult Chocolate Milk, which is basically a chocolate martini in a bottle. Grab a slice of this cake with a cup of coffee. Ooohh, man.
I’m sure you’ve noticed by now that I am big fan of Tres Leche cake or anything Tres Leche for that matter. I’m not afraid to use dulce de leche where it doesn’t belong. Don’t giggle and make that sound weird like I did. I use dulce de leche freely in the kitchen. This week I went to the doctor for my annual blood work and was told that everything is spot on, so that means I am free to eat sugar and garbage. Funny thing is that, if Gilberto didn’t stop me I would honestly eat garbage. We got into an argument once when I dropped a piece of cheese and I jumped off my bar stool to nab it and he stepped on it.
“What the hell’s wrong with you!? You know how much that cheese cost!?!?!”
“No!!…You don’t eat food that falls on the floor, do you?”
Then our friend Lorraine said in a straight face, “He totally would have.” Lorraine knows me so well, love that girl. Did I tell you she moved to Orlando?
Tres Leche Sponge
300g all purpose flour
-whip eggs and sugar on high for a good 7 to 10 minutes, the mix should double and be fluffy and pale yellow
-fold in sifted flour, yes really you should sift it
-pour into a greased 8 inch cake pan and bake for 1 hour in a 350 degree oven
Chocolate Bailey’s Soaking Yumminess
405g dulce de leche
310g Adult Chocolate Milk
515g 2% Milk
232g heavy cream
-combine all in a sauce pan and cook over low heat just until there is no more lumps of dulce de leche, you want to make sure all the caramel goodness gets absorbed into the cake.
Once the cake has cooled and is able to be handled, pop it out of the cake pan. Slice the top off so you have a nice even top, then trim just enough off the bottom to get that fine brown crumb off. Place the cake back in the cake pan and pour the Bailey’s soaking yumminess over the cake. Refrigerate that thing over night. The next day flip the cake onto a large enough serving platter. Leave the cake pan on the cake and let sit for an additional hour. The soaking liquid is going to ooze out a bit and leaving the cake pan on will allow you to tip the plate and drain off the excess liquid. Once it’s done leaking, remove the cake pan and decorate however it makes you happy! I whipped up some simple whip cream. No sugar or more sweetness is needed, trust me.
Grab your cup of coffee and a slice of cake and do nothing the rest of the day.