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You Asked For It: a recipe for tres leches cake

I would like a tres leches cake recipe like the one at Ceviche restaurant. Thank you.

Pat Gorman, St. Pete Beach

Donna Maldonado of Palm Harbor shares a tres leches cake recipe similar to Ceviche's. This version has a meringue topping like the restaurant's. There are a few things that must be noted. The cake doesn't rise much, so don't be surprised. Also, there's a fair amount of work involved so set aside some time.

My cake stuck to the pan and I was able to gently ease it out by running a knife around the edge and using an offset spatula. Next time I will either use more butter or a cooking spray. The cake is tender so use a skewer rather than a fork to pierce the cake before pouring the liquids over it.

Rather than pour the milk syrup over the cake, I used a ladle. I had better control with the ladle, which allowed me to distribute the syrup more evenly. I put the cake in a jelly roll pan, as suggested in the recipe, and then spooned the excess back over the cake. I also poured the syrup in stages allowing some of it to soak in before adding more.

The meringue was very easy to make. You will need a candy thermometer for the sugar syrup. Be very careful when pouring the syrup since it's hot and may splash with the beater running. The mixture stayed warm for longer than I expected and I ended up beating it for an additional 8 or 9 minutes. I just felt the mixing bowl to know when it was cool. The meringue was glossy and beautiful, surprising for the humid days we've had. It makes a lot so you can pile it on high if you want. You'll need a metal bowl for the meringue; it won't come together in a plastic bowl.

Room temperature egg whites will whip up faster than cold ones. Make sure all your utensils are clean, grease-free and completely dry before whipping the egg whites.

While most recipes made with meringue should be eaten the same day, this one should be okay in the refrigerator for a day. I would not make it in advance though.

Recipe request

Jamal Tomlinson of St. Petersburg would like a recipe for honey-baked bread like they serve at Cody's Roadhouse.

Recipes are tested by Times correspondent Ellen Folkman unless otherwise noted. Send requests to You Asked For It, P.O. Box 1159, Crystal Beach, FL 34681 or email [email protected] Include your name, city and phone number.

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