Tasty Thursday

For today’s Tasty Thursday are two my favorite holiday ‘indulgences.’

A Dancing Candy Cane Martini  ~ of course it has vodka in it ;P

Drink and eat and be merry

Drink and eat and be merry

 

In a cold shaker mix equal parts of white chocolate liqueur, candy cane and vanilla flavored vodka.  Shake well. Pour into a martini glass rimmed with crushed candy canes.

If you drink more than one of these you will be dancing. If you drink more than two, you’ll be seeing dancing candy canes. 😀

 

 

Coconut Tres Leches Cake!

Let me tell you  this is what I wait all year for…and it is easy to make!!  What sets this super easy cake into the shameful indulgent category is that it is soaked in dark rum and coconut milk. I served this cake at a party last year and my guests were just loving this cake, going back for second and third pieces. My son is a huge pie fan, and he just loved this cake. By the time our guests were leaving the party, there was nothing but an empty baking dish and a whole bunch of recipe requests. So here it is! Be sure to make it well before you want to serve it—the longer it sits, the better it gets. And don’t skip the toasted coconut!

What you need ~

Butter, for coating the baking dish ( I used Pam spray)

1 cup all-purpose flour

6 large eggs

1 cup granulated sugar

1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk

2/3 cup evaporated milk (not nonfat)

1/2 cup unsweetened canned coconut milk

Lots of dark rum

1 cup sweetened flaked coconut

1 1/2 cups heavy cream

1 tablespoon powdered sugar

What you do ~

Heat the oven to 325°F and arrange a rack in the middle. Coat a 13-by-9-inch glass baking dish with butter; set aside. Place the flour in a small bowl and whisk to aerate and break up any lumps; set aside.

Separate the eggs, placing the yolks in the bowl of a stand mixer. Reserve the whites in a separate, very clean, medium bowl.

Add the sugar to the yolks and, using the paddle attachment, beat on high speed until pale yellow, about 5 minutes.

Transfer the mixture to a large bowl; set aside.

Thoroughly clean and dry the stand mixer bowl.

Place the egg whites in the clean bowl and, using the whisk attachment, whip on high speed until medium peaks form, about 1 1/2 minutes.

Using a rubber spatula, stir about a third of the egg whites into the yolk mixture to lighten it. Then gently fold in the remaining whites.

Sprinkle the flour over the egg mixture and gently fold it in, just until there are no more white flour streaks. (Do not over mix.)

Pour the batter into the prepared baking dish and bake until the cake is puffed and golden and the edges pull away from the sides of the pan, about 20 to 25 minutes.

Meanwhile, place the three milks and the rum in a large bowl and whisk until combined; set aside. Remove the cake from the oven and place on a wire cooling rack.

Using a toothpick or wooden skewer, poke holes all over the cake and allow to cool for 15 minutes.

Pour the milk mixture evenly over the cake and continue cooling, about 45 minutes more. Tightly cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 4 hours or overnight.

When the cake is ready to serve, spread the coconut in an even layer in a large frying pan. Toast over medium heat, stirring often, until lightly browned and fragrant, about 5 minutes. (If the coconut begins to burn, reduce the heat.)

Immediately remove from the pan to a small bowl. Place the heavy cream and powdered sugar in large bowl and whisk until medium peaks form. (If you like, flavor it with a teaspoon of dark rum.)

Slice the cake and serve topped with a mound of whipped cream and a sprinkle of toasted coconut.

I found this recipe on Chow.com a couple of years ago.

Enjoy!!

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