Banana Tres Leches Cake

Serves 10-12
by Tenina Holder

I am a sweet tooth…ask anyone. I would rather skip the entree and move straight to the dessert menu. I am always disappointed at a restaurant that only serves the standard ice cream in 3 flavors, a brownie fudge thing and possibly a lemon thing. Deeply disappointed. I often take inspiration from a fantastic dessert I eat when out…I loved going to recipe development meetings in Switzerland for many reasons, the least not being that one of the Vorwerk staff would take us out to eat and would always order every dessert on the menu and we would simply pass them around, tasting each one. Now that’s what I call living! It was the meeting of the palates…we were often short on language, but dessert crossed all borders!

This is Spanish inspired, a 'three milk' cake and is often made for special occasions, and after you consume it, you will realise why. Don’t be mean with the bananas, just keep them coming. Think Swiss Restaurant Dessert Menu…go large!

Need

Do

1  

Prehat oven to 170ºC. Butter and flour a 16cm cake pan (with removable base if available.) Set aside.

2  

To make cake batter, place sugar into Thermomix bowl and mill 10 sec/speed 10.

3  

Add butter, and banana and blend 10 sec/speed 4.

4  

Add remaining cake ingredients and blend 10 sec/speed 6. Scrape down sides of bowl and blend 5 sec/speed 6.

5  

Spread batter into prepared cake tin and bake 40-45 minutes until inserted skewer comes out clean.

6  

Pierce entire cake several times through to almost the base, stopping 1 cm from the bottom of the cake. The more holes you create, the better.

7  

To make the Tres Leches Syrup place the milks and vanilla into a clean Thermomix bowl and cook 5 min/90ºC/speed 2. Pour this hot syrup over the pierced cake slowly so that the holes absorb the liquid. Make more holes if necessary. The moisture of the dessert depends on the cake soaking up this syrup. Cool completely. If you cannot add any more, reserve remaining syrup for service.

8  

Remove cake from tin.

9  

To make Caramel Bananas, peel bananas and slice.

10  

Place remaining ingredients into a flat fry pan and cook on a medium heat (Induction 6) until bubbling and blended. Add sliced bananas and just heat through.

More

Slice the cake into wedges. Top with Caramel bananas, and toasted coconut if using. Serve with additional Tres Leches Syrup and whipped cream, to really tip you over the edge….a dessert not for the faint hearted!!

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