Maria's Tres Leches Cake 

Growing up in Chile, Maria's family would make Tres Leches for every celebration, especially Christmas.  She says, "Right now, I can’t get back home to spend Christmas with my family, but little things like this make them feel close by. To me it's a taste of home". This dessert is delicate and delicious, and is best made a day ahead to allow the flavours to develop. Tres Leches is best served chilled, topped with Anchor cream and fresh strawberries.


50 mins serves 12

Ingredients

115g Anchor Butter

1 cup sugar 

5 eggs, separated

½ teaspoon vanilla essence

1½ cups plain flour

1 tsp baking powder

1½ cups Anchor Milk

340ml can sweetened condensed milk 

350ml can evaporated milk 

500ml Anchor Cream

¾ cup caster sugar

1 tsp vanilla essence

Fresh strawberries to garnish

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 175°C. 
  2. Grease and flour 18 x 32cm slice pan.
  3. In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the egg yolks one at a time, beating well after each addition, then stir in the vanilla. 
  4. With clean beaters, beat the egg whites to stiff peaks. 
  5. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour and baking powder. 
  6. Using a rubber spatula, fold 1/3 of the egg whites into the creamed butter mixture, then 1/3 of the flour mixture. Continue alternating the egg whites with the flour mixture until all the ingredients are incorporated to create a smooth, stiff batter. 
  7. Spread the mixture evenly into the prepared pan and bake for 30 minutes. 
  8. While the cake is baking, combine the Anchor Milk, condensed milk, and evaporated milk in a jug and stir well. 
  9. When the cake is cooked, leave it in the pan and prick the top very thoroughly all over with a fork or skewer. Drizzle over the milk mixture until the pan is brimming and leave to soak. 
  10. Repeat this at 30-minute intervals until the cake won’t absorb any more liquid. 
  11. Drizzle any remaining milk mixture over the cake and put it in the fridge. Chill overnight.
  12. To serve: Whip the Anchor Cream, sugar and vanilla to soft peaks then spread over the cake. Decorate with fresh strawberries. 
  13. Cook’s tips: The cake batter will be quite stiff but the enzymes in the milk tenderise the baked cake, making it light and delicate after soaking. When strawberries are out of season you can use freeze-dried strawberries, dried strawberry powder or a dusting of cocoa.