Mango Tres Leches

Mango Tres Leches
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Mango Tres Leches is like no other!

I have been working on this recipe a while, and I’m so happy with how it turned out! I wanted a slighter lighter take on a traditional Tres Leches with a flavor variation and I decided on mangoes because it’s summer, and summer to me means delicious Pakistani mangoes! This Mango Tres Leches is light yet full of flavor. My simple trick makes this recipe very approachable, so you’ll be making this all the time! In fact, this is a great recipe to try this Eid. I know i’m making it!

The steps to make this Mango Tres Leches are simple

There a few steps involved in making Tres Leches that may scare you, but they’re super simple! In fact, I’ve sidestepped the step of separating the eggs altogether and stuck to a direct genoise method, which is basically whipping whole eggs to soft peaks. I add an extra egg white so you have extra volume, and then when you fold the remaining ingredients the eggs won’t deflate too much. (Use a medium sized baking dish. 8×8 or 9 x9 in) The milk mixture itself is what makes this dessert so rich, so I’ve made it lighter. It doesn’t compromise on flavor, but you will notice that it’s lighter. The topping is a simple whipped cream, with some added mango puree to make the mango pop even more.

Get the ingredients right

Most of this cake is just basic ingredients like eggs, sugar and flour. The key ingredient that transforms this tres Leches into a Mango Tres Leches is the mango puree. For this, no normal mangoes will do. I’ve mentioned this for my Mango Lassi Cupcakes, and I’ll tell you again. Pakistani mangoes are unparalleled, and if you want amazing mango flavor, use them. The next best thing is mango puree that originates form the subcontinent, often labeled as kesar mangoes. You can find cans or puree, sweetened and unsweetened, at your local Pakistani/Indian grocery stores, as well as some Arab grocery stores. If you have access to delicious Pakistani mangoes, use fresh ones, but make sure to puree them before adding. I often get questions about the difference between evaporated milk and condensed milk. Evaporated milk is just regular milk that has been heated and slightly thickened. Condensed milk is thick like honey and has been sweetened.

Mango Tres Leches

Mango Tres Leches

Sconce&Scone
This version of tres leches is lighter than classic tres leches and boasts delicious mango flavor! This will be a hit at your next gathering!
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 6

Ingredients
  

Sponge Base

  • 3 eggs room temperature
  • 1 egg white
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2/3 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tbsp butter melted and cooled
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Milk Mixture

  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1/2 cup evaporated milk
  • 1/2 cup condensed milk
  • 1/2 cup mango puree

Topping

  • 1 cup heavy cream chilled
  • 1/3 cup icing sugar
  • 1/4 cup mango puree

Instructions
 

  • Preheat your oven to 350-360 F. Start off by preparing the sponge. In a clean bowl of your stand mixer add the eggs and egg white. Whip on a medium speed until the eggs start to froth. Then gradually add the sugar until the eggs have reached soft peaks and are fluffy and pale in color. The time varies according to egg temperature and mixer speed so keep an eye on them. Don't over whip the eggs or they will deflate.
  • In a small bowl sift the flour and baking powder together. Add to the egg mixture in 3 batches, folding to combime. Use a spatula to fold, and mix just until the flour combines. Then add the vanilla and butter and fold just till combined. Pour into your baking dish and bake for 25 minutes ot till the tops are golden brown and when you lightly press the center it bounces back.
  • While the cake is baking prepare your milk mixture. Mix the milks and mango puree and set aside. In a bowl add the topping ingredients and whip to soft peaks.
  • Once the sponge comes out of the oven poke small holes using a fork or knife all over the cake. Gradually pour the milk mixture all over the cake. Let the milk absorb into the sponge as it cools. Once it comes to room temperature spread over the cream topping, even it out, then cover and refridgerate for at least 5 hours, over night is best. Decorate with fresh fruit before serving.

Notes

Notes. Mango puree is concentrated mango, and the best is kesar mango that originates form the subcontinent. If you have access to Pakistani or Indian mangoes you can use fresh ones, just peel, dice and blend them into a puree and use the same measurements mentioned above. 
This is not a very sweet dessert. It’s perfectly balanced, but if you prefer sweeter desserts feel free to add a little more condensed milk to the milk mixture. 
The extra egg white just ensures that the eggs won’t collapse while you whisk and bake the cake. It just makes this recipe more approachable and you will face les problems while preparing the sponge. 
Variations. This is a lighter recipe than traditional Tres Leches. If you want a more rich Tres Leches, use 1.5 cups milk, 1 cup evaporated milk and 1 cup condensed milk.
You can use other fruit purees like peach puree, strawberry puree or pineapple puree.
 
Keyword Mango Pulp, Tres Leches

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Zahra Tiwana

I made this on Eid and it was delicious!!