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Peanut Butter Tres Leches is a creative take on the classic Tres Leches cake. This variation merges the traditional ingredients of Tres Leches (evaporated milk, condensed milk, and full fat) with the rich, nutty flavor of peanut butter. Some versions of this treat might involve adding peanut butter to the cake batter itself, while others might incorporate it into the milk mixture that is poured over the cake. Topping it off with a peanut butter frosting or simply a drizzle on top gives it an irresistible twist. It's a perfect combination of the classic and the contemporary, making it a must-try for all dessert lovers.
The sponge cake is a crucial element of Tres Leches cake. The texture of this cake is light, fluffy and spongy, making it perfect for absorbing the rich and decadent three milk mixture. To make the sponge cake for Tres Leches, you will need ingredients like flour, baking powder, salt, natural peanut butter, sugar, eggs, vanilla extract, and milk. The flour, baking powder and salt are mixed together to form the dry ingredients while natural peanut butter, sugar, eggs, vanilla extract and milk are combined to create the wet ingredients. The batter is then made by carefully mixing the dry and wet ingredients together. To make the cake extra light and fluffy, the egg whites are separated from yolks and whipped into a meringue. The meringue is then gently folded into the batter. The batter is poured into a greased and floured cake pan and baked until golden brown. The end result is a delicate and spongy sponge cake that soaks up the three-milk mixture like a dream, making it moist, rich and delicious.
The peanut butter frosting is the perfect complement to the Peanut Butter Tres Leches cake, it adds a rich and creamy texture with a delicious nutty taste. To make the frosting, you will need heavy whipping cream, icing sugar, peanut butter and vanilla extract. The heavy whipping cream is whipped until it forms stiff peaks, then the icing sugar, peanut butter, and vanilla extract are added and mixed until everything is well combined. The frosting should be smooth and creamy, with a strong peanut butter flavor. The frosting can be spread over the cake and refrigerated until set. The peanut butter frosting gives the perfect balance of sweetness and nuttiness, making the Peanut Butter Tres Leches Cake more irresistible.
The name "Tres Leches" or "Three Milks" Cake is a reference to the three types of milk used in the recipe. The delicious sponge cake is soaked in a mixture of evaporated milk, condensed milk and full fat milk, giving it its distinct flavor and texture. The combination of these three milks is what makes this cake so irresistible and special.
Evaporated milk is regular milk that has had about 60% of its water content removed through evaporation. It is thicker than regular milk and has a slightly sweet taste. It is often used in baking and cooking as a substitute for regular milk to give a dish a creamier texture.
If you don't have evaporated milk on hand, you can use regular milk, or heavy cream or half&half which will give a similar texture and flavor. You can also make your own evaporated milk by simmering regular milk until it has reduced by half.
In this recipe I made peanut butter tres leches, which is not the classic recipe, but more like my take to the classic tres leches cake. If you're not a peanut butter person, or you just want to try the real version of the famous dessert, you don't have to worry, because I also made a recipe for the authentic version of the cake.
Get the recipe here: Tres Leches Cake
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