Salted Caramel Tres Leches Featuring Darigold Old Fashioned Salted Caramel Milk

Salted Caramel Tres Leches with Darigold Salted Caramel Milk | The Spicy Bee

This is a sponsored post in partnership with Darigold. All thoughts, recipes, and opinions are my own.

Every time I make tres leches I’m reminded how easy it is to be successful when baking. While this cake has its own interesting tricks (sifting, separating eggs, incorporation of egg whites, heating dairy) it’s really one of those recipes that can teach good basics and yet you don’t have to stress too much about whether it’s risen properly; because at the end of the day, you drown it in a delectable concoction of milks.

It was while I was enjoying one of these cakes over the holidays with my family that I realized there is so much versatility to a good base recipe of tres leches and what has always kept me from making it regularly was that I’m not really wild about all the canned dairy. Therefore, in a personal effort to eliminate 90% of the canned dairy traditionally used, I’ve partnered with Darigold to use one of their newest products, a creamy Salted Caramel Milk that is about available in stores by the pint. The salted caramel flavor in conjunction with cinnamon and fatty whipping cream really rounds out the flavor profile of the cake beautifully. I merely added the berries to this recipe shoot to make it a bit more colorful—but you could easily do without.

This cake is a crowd-pleaser to say the least, serving 12. Although I will admit, I found myself taking larger and larger slices for myself as the evening went on—it serves especially well with coffee and can be made up to 48 hours in advance, which by itself is a win in my book!!

You can purchase Darigold’s Salted Caramel Milk in the refrigerated section of the grocery store next to where you’d find heavy cream—other flavors they make include vanilla and chocolate. Enjoy the recipe!

Salted Caramel Tres Leches Featuring Darigold Old Fashioned Salted Caramel Milk

Salted Caramel Tres Leches with Darigold Salted Caramel Milk | The Spicy Bee

Ingredients

Cake

Topping

  • 1 C Heavy Whipping Cream
  • 1 t Vanilla paste
  • Berries (optional)

Salted Caramel Tres Leches with Darigold Salted Caramel Milk | The Spicy Bee

Method

Begin by mixing the egg yolks together with the vanilla in a stand mixer with the whisk attachment. With the mixer on high, slowly add the cup of sugar and mix for about 10 minutes, until the color has lightened and most of the sugar has dissolved. Preheat your oven to 350°F. In a separate bowl, sift together the dry ingredients. Once the egg mixture has matured, change the mixer whisk to a paddle and on a low setting, add the dry ingredients slowly, using a large spoon, and about halfway through adding the dry ingredients, pause and add the milk; then resume adding the dry ingredients. Mix until incorporated.

With a hand mixer, whisk the egg whites to stiff peaks and set to the side. Grease a 9x13inch glass or ceramic pan. Remove your bowl from the mixer and fold in the egg whites using a large spatula.Transfer the batter into the pan and bake 25-30 min or until golden and pulling slightly from the edges–the top should also spring back nicely when pressed. Remove the cake from the oven, poke many times with a fork and set to the side to cool for at least 1 hour. During this rest time add the Darigold Whipping Cream, condensed milk, and Darigold Old Fashioned Caramel Milk in a small saucepan with the cinnamon stick. Slowly bring the mixture to a boil, then simmer for 2 minutes, turn off the heat, cover and set for 10 minutes. Remove and discard the cinnamon stick.

Evenly pour the salted caramel mixture over the cake, and refrigerate at least 4-12 hours; my preference is overnight. Prior to serving, whip the remaining Darigold Whipping Cream and vanilla and frost the cake. Serve until gone–this recipe will feed up to 12 guests and gets better and better with time! It will also store in the fridge for up to a week. Berries are optional for serving.

You can make this recipe gluten free too!! Simply substitute in your favorite GF all purpose flour.

Salted Caramel Tres Leches with Darigold Salted Caramel Milk | The Spicy Bee

The plates in this post were purchased at Fiftyoneandahalf based out of Seattle, WA. Her pieces are typically handcrafted one-of-a-kind ceramics that I love and highly recommend. You can find more at her Etsy Shop and on her Instagram.

Looking for more Darigold deliciousness? Check out their Heat ‘N Serve Hot Cocoa and the Cranberry Orange Cookies recipe I made to pair with it.

Game Day Bacon Turkey Wraps with Toby’s Blue Cheese Dressing

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This post is sponsored by Toby’s Family Foods, but all recipes and opinions are my own.

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With Game Day coming up, I’ve honed a fun recipe that is easy for small group option in halves or cut into pinwheels for a large watch party. I feel like so much game food is heavy and hot–I wanted to share something that could make a large group happy but also translate to all seasons–and thus, my Bacon Turkey Wraps, pulled together with avocado and Toby’s Blue Cheese Dressing. I picked up my jar at my Safeway in the Woodstock neighborhood here in Portland; it’s right by my house, which makes it a convenient stop. They just started carrying some of Toby’s Family Foods Dressing at the end of 2017. You can now get their Blue Cheese, Ranch, and Chunky Feta Dressings in the refrigerated section of both Albertsons and Safeway.

I like this dressing over a more traditional cream cheese or vinaigrette option because it carries a lot more flavor and the blue cheese plays off the smokiness of the bacon and turkey quite beautifully. I had started this recipe thinking I would toss the spinach in the dressing, but upon testing, I found that things really hold up nicely longer if the dressing and spinach have some space between them, and it’s more controlled flavor-wise to wait until the end to apply the dressing. One thing I love about Toby’s Blue Cheese Dressing is that it’s creamier and milder than others I’ve used, and that makes it a crowd pleaser as not everyone likes blue cheese!

There are a few varieties of turkey you can utilize. I’ve made these wraps with run of the mill sliced turkey, but there’s something that smoked turkey adds that I really love. The avocado works itself in nicely with the knowledge that people consume the most avocados during the first half of February, one reason or another. 😉 

 

Game Day Bacon Turkey Wraps with Toby’s Blue Cheese Dressing

Game Day Bacon Turkey Wrap Featuring Toby's Blue Cheese Dressing | TheSpicyBee

Ingredients

  • 6 Flour tortillas or 3 lavish bread
  • 1 lb Smoked turkey, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 lb Thick cut bacon, cooked and chopped
  • 3 avocados, ripe
  • 1 Red onion, very thinly sliced
  • 1 Red pepper, very thinly sliced
  • 4 c Spinach
  • 1/3 c Toby’s Family Foods Blue Cheese Dressing
  • Fresh cracked pepper to taste

Method

Game Day Bacon Turkey Wrap Featuring Toby's Blue Cheese Dressing | TheSpicyBee

Game Day Bacon Turkey Wrap Featuring Toby's Blue Cheese Dressing | TheSpicyBee

This healthy wrap is meant to be easily prepped up, tossed in the fridge and then pulled out when guests arrive! A healthy, easy bite that, if not trimmed into spirals, could be eaten by one’s self for a proper meal. start by lightly toasting the tortillas and laying them out one at a time to build. Depending on the size of your canvas (tortilla) and avocado, spread a light layer of avocado across the top side, leaving a half inch around the edge of the tortilla. On top you’re going to build, in order: bacon, spinach, red pepper, turkey, onion, cracked pepper, and drizzle with dressing.

Beginning at one side (your left or right) begin tightly rolling the wrap and  close the wrap with some additional drops of dressing. You may secure it if needed with a toothpick. Time in the fridge will help things come together, so-to-speak. After at least an hour in the fridge, you can remove and slice into pinwheels with a very sharp knife, or slice into halves and wrap in colorful napkins. This recipe serves 6-8 for apps, 4 for a meal.

You could also do a BYO (Build Your Own) wrap station at your watch party! Should you go that route, I would recommend cutting the tortillas/lavish bread into easy-to-roll strips about 4 inches wide and place all the toppings in colorful bowls–this would help accommodate all dietary needs 🙂 GAME ON!

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Do you remember last season’s recipe? Find the spicy pork sliders with Toby’s Jalapeño Ranch here.

Swedish Pancakes (AKA Skinny Pancakes) with Caramelized Pears

Family's Recipe for Swedish Pancakes | TheSpicyBee

One of my first food memories as a child was my Grandpa Phil’s Swedish Pancakes. He would make them for my Gram and me for brunch whenever I stayed over with them, and they were the most decadent breakfast item I could conjure.  Light, buttery, and they came in the best shapes! Sometimes we would work together to make monsters, forest animals, or big hearts with the batter. He would tell me stories based on the final pancake shape. Stories, that he would need to keep short as the pancake would be gobbled up before its own theatrical climax. Dark pancakes, light ones, I knew no preference.

I was 11 when I lost my Grandpa Phil, and with him seemed to go his recipe for what I have to guess were originally his mother’s recipe for Swedish pancakes (since she was Swedish). I always found it funny that we called them skinny pancakes since they were comprised mostly of high fat ingredients (whole milk/butter), but the name’s always stuck.

After college, I embarked on my own adventures to match the pancakes of my fond childhood memories. After about 10 years of recipe testing, I have finally come to what I believe is my Grandpa’s recipe. While I normally just enjoy these pancakes without filling–just with some maple syrup and powdered sugar–I jazzed up this batch a bit with some caramelized pears because it seemed like the adult thing to do. I love them just as much in their classic, plain form though. Other options for fillings/toppings include cinnamon apples, whipped cream, fresh berries, and beyond. 

Swedish Pancakes with Caramelized Pears

Family's Recipe for Swedish Pancakes | TheSpicyBee

Ingredients

Pancakes

  • 1 c Milk
  • 3 Eggs
  • 3 T Salted butter, melted
  • 1 t Vanilla extract
  • 3/4 c All purpose flour
  • 3 T sugar
  • 1/2 t Salt

Caramelized Pears

  • 1 large, ripe pear, thinly sliced
  • 1 T Brown Sugar
  • 1 T Butter

Method

First combine the milk, vanilla and eggs in a medium bowl, and beat well. Combine the dry ingredients in a separate bowl and blend. Slowly whisk the dry ingredients into the bowl of the wet ingredients and thoroughly whisk–then let the bowl sit out at room temperature for 10 minutes. The batter should thicken up. Set a crepe pan (~8-9 inches) on the stove over medium heat and have a silicon spatula available. Lightly butter the pan the first time–depending on your pan, you may need to re-butter between pancakes; I do not need to with my crepe pan. It’s worth a preliminary test! Be sure to eat your findings.

I work with a 1/4 c measuring cup for transferring batter to the pan, which may vary for you depending on your pan’s size. Once you’ve added the batter to the pan, you’ll need to work quickly to spread the batter in the pan evenly. I remove the pan from the heat momentarilly for this process, then place it back on the stove. You’ll average about 3-4 minutes per side. Serve immediately!

For the pears: In a saucepan over low heat, melt butter and pears for 5 minutes. Add sugar to the pan, stirring continuously until the sugar dissolves. Continue cooking on low heat until you have achieved a caramel color and a good texture in the pear. Spoon over the pancakes, and serve immediately.

This recipe serves two hungry adults.

Family's Recipe for Swedish Pancakes | TheSpicyBee