Costa Rican cuisine is distinct in its flavorful, yet mild, taste. Rice, beans, fresh fruits and vegetables are key players in many dishes and the culture has a high reliance on home cooking. Family gatherings and celebrations will often revolve around meals.
The national dish of Costa Rica is Gallo Pinto, which translates to “spotted rooster” due to its appearance, and contains stir fried rice and beans, seasoned with cilantro, red pepper, onion and celery, and can be served with eggs, sour cream and cheese.
Other national dishes include Casado, which translates to “married man” due to wives making to dish for their husbands who worked the fields, Arroz con Pollo and Salsa Lizano. Tres Leches, a three-layered custard flan is the national dessert dish and today we are sharing a contemporary take on this dessert with Tres Leches Cake.
Tres Leches Cake
Total Time: 1 hr 30 min
Prep: 1 hr 10 min
Cook: 20 min
7 eggs (separated)
7 tbsp white sugar
7 tbsp flour
2 ½ tbsp baking powder
½ tsp vanilla extract
1 ¾ cup evaporated milk
1 ¾ cup sweetened condensed milk
1 cup whipping cream
1 cup eggnog
1 cup white sugar
3 egg whites
Juice of one lime
Preheat oven to 480 degrees Fahrenheit.
Beat egg whites with an electric mixer on low until stiff peaks form. Continue mixing while adding egg yolks one at a time. Add the sugar, flour, baking powder and vanilla extract. Continue beating until mixture forms into a dough.
Place the dough into a medium, square glass baking dish. Place in the lower section of the oven and bake for 12 minutes. Move to the upper section of the oven and bake for another 8 minutes.
Blend the all ingredients of the milk mixture in a mixing bowl.
Remove cake from the oven and punch with a fork across the top of the cake to allow the milk mixture to penetrate. Pour the milk mixture over the cake and allow to soak for 20 minutes or until the cake is cool and the milk mixture has been absorbed.
Beat egg whites with electric mixer until stiff peaks form. Continue to beat while adding the sugar and lime juice. Spread the icing over the cake and serve immediately.
The cake should be refrigerated and can be kept for three days.
If you would like to find out more about how JNR can organize an amazing travel program where your top performers can experience the wonders of Costa Rican cuisine, please give us a call at 800.343.4546.
Written by Stephanie Thomas
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