Loopy’s Summer Vacation Contest Starts

Is it my imagination, or did Friday get here quickly this week? I like that! Friday is my favorite day of the week. Why? Because Friday means the start to the weekend. Although I’m normally here most Saturdays, trying to catch up on all of the desk things that didn’t get done during the week, it still feels like a weekend. Usually one or both cats come to Loopy with me to keep me company, and WH is here working on photos. By the afternoon (sometimes early, sometimes late), we knock off and take the rest of the weekend off. And there is always knitting on the weekends, which I also love. (Saturdays used to mean soccer and basketball games. Things change when your kids grow up and head off to college!)

This weekend I’ll be out of town and away from emails today through Monday evening. I’ll catch up as soon as I get back. In the meantime, I wanted to leave you with a good recipe to try. I had Tres Leches Cake in San Antonio a few years ago and have been looking for a good recipe for this for a long time. I adapted this from a Cook’s Illustrated recipe and made it in Colorado over Spring Break. It turned out great (even making ingredient adjustments for the high altitude baking, which is always a gamble. The recipe below is for regular altitude baking.) I hope you enjoy it!

dsc02469Tres Leches Cake
2 cups unbleached flour
2 cups sugar
8 Tbl. butter, unsalted
4 eggs (room temperature)
1 cup whole milk
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. salt
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
(I would delete the cinnamon the next time. Maybe that’s an important part of Tres Leches cake, but we decided we’d like the flavor better without it.)

Milk Mixture
1 can sweetened condensed milk (14 oz)
1 can evaporated milk (12 oz)
3/4 cup heavy cream
1 tsp. vanilla extract

Frosting
1 3/4 cup heavy cream
1 tsp. vanilla extract
4 Tbl. light corn syrup

Start with the milk mixture. Pour the condensed milk into a large bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Microwave it on low power, stirring frequently.  You will cook this until it is slightly darker and thickened (about 12-15 minutes). When finished, slowly whisk in the evaporated milk, cream and vanilla.  Let cool to room temp.

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease and flour a 9 x 13 pan. Mix together the flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon and set aside. Heat butter and milk together over low heat until the butter has melted, and set aside.

Beat eggs with electric mixer for about 30 seconds. Slowly add in the sugar until well mixed and beat until this mixture is very thick and glossy (about 5-7 minutes). Reduce speed and slowly add in the butter mixture and the vanilla. Add the flour mixture slowly after that.   Pour into prepared pan.

Bake for 30-35 minutes and let the cake cool for 10 minutes on a wire rack.

Use a skewer to poke holes at 1/2 inch intervals across the top of the cake. Slowly pour the milk mixture over the top, until it’s completely absorbed. Let sit at room temperature for 15 minutes, then refrigerate uncovered for 3 hours or longer.

To frost: Remove the cake from the fridge 30 minutes before serving. Beat the frosting ingredients into soft peaks and then frost the cake. The frosted cake can be refrigerated for up to 3 days.

Now that it is May, we have a new “Loopy’s Summer Vacation Contest” starting up! This will be our third summer of sending Loopy out to visit places of interest with you all summer long. (Here are the two photo galleries from past contests. You can see that Loopy has had a LOT of fun traveling and seeing the sites with all of you.) We will include a Loopy postcard with your first May order and will continue while supplies last. Some people pose the Loopy postcard, others take their Little Loopy or their Big Loopy. Whatever works best for you is fine with us. You can start adding your photos to Loopy’s 2009 Summer Vacation photo gallery through your Loopy account, as soon as you get them.  (Jill – I nabbed your Beachbum Loopy photo from last year as the Highlight Photo for this year. It was a cute closeup!) We’ll accumulate photos all summer and will do the judging in September. Have fun!

Sheri sowhatisyourfavoritedayoftheweek?Andwhatmakesitafavorite?


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33 comments on “Loopy’s Summer Vacation Contest Starts

  1. Hi Sheri. I hope you have great long weekend. I’m so glad I picked up my Little Loopy last week. He’ll be heading to Captiva Island on Monday for my sister’s wedding! I think I’ll bring a few tissues and sunscreen for him.

    Sunday is probably my favorite day of the week. No 5am swim practice so we can sleep in and have a nice relaxing family day. Looking at our family calendar, I think the next Sunday that we get to do that is in late July. FPS!

  2. OMG, I loooooove Tres Leches! Thanks for the recipe!

    I think Saturday is my favorite day, particularly when I first wake up and have the whole weekend ahead of me. :-)

  3. I don’t think I have a favorite day of the week. Right now I’m tired enough that I mostly have a favorite time of the day!

    Have a great weekend! It’s good to get away for a bit!

  4. Saturday. I get to sleep in (most often) and then usually have something going with my buds. Even if I don’t it means I can chill, knit, go do whatever. It’s a good day.

    Hope you have a great weekend!

  5. Saturday – I usually get to sleep in a bit and when bedtime comes, I know I can probably sleep in a bit the next day too!!

    Can’t wait to try the cake recipe – but I have to order some more vanilla from Penzey’s!

  6. I’ve been wanting to try a Tres Leche cake. I wonder if you could make cupcakes? I seem to be on a cupcake kick! They are so good and so easy to make.

    Himmm, my favorite day would be Saturday. You can sleep in (if 8am is sleeping in)and still stay up late. The day always seems long to me with running errands, messing around the house, visiting with friends, playing outside…yep, I love Saturdays.

  7. I’d have to say that Saturday is my favorite day of the week. I get up early and fix a pot of tea. While that’s brewing, I feed our lab, Ajax, his “special” Saturday breakfast (special because he gets a raw egg added to his food on Saturday mornings). Then I sit and knit or cross stitch while I enjoy my tea, usually with Ajax sprawled across the ottoman with his head on my knees. It’s quite a picture because he’s really too big for the ottoman.

  8. My favorite day of the week is whenever my two jobs work out right and I have a full day off. Doesn’t always happen, but I usually get at least one day off. I make exceptions for Sundays I have to do ad set, since I usually get done between 8-9am. A quick nap and the rest of the day is mine! Although the whole “being at work at 4am” thing isn’t all that fun.

  9. That cake sounds fabulous!!! I just want someone to make in for me:-)

    Saturdays are definitely my favorite. Even though I have to do housework, I usually find time to knit. We frequently get together with friends for dinner and cards.

  10. Tres Leches Cake is wonderful, but I have a very easy version. Bake a yellow cake mix as directed except add two teaspoons of that good vanilla.. Let cool 10 minutes then poke holes. Fill with a mixture of one can condensed milk, 1cup milk, one cup heavy cream, and one teaspoon of vanilla. Put in Fridge and frost with a can of Betty Crocker Whipped Frosting when it has chilled for several hours. This cake is much, much better the next day and of course must be stored in the fridge.

  11. Have a wonderful weekend. Can’t wait to try the cake. I should have gotten a Little Loopy…he would love the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival. I can’t wait until tomorrow!!

  12. I love Fridays and looking ahead to what’s in store for the weekend. Also I actually get a chance to relax a bit on Friday nights. :)

  13. I like Fridays but my favorite day is Sunday. Sunday is my day off. I do what I want to do when I want to do it after I go to church on Sunday morning. I usually gift-knit on Sunday afternoon and watch movies. I have popcorn and/or ice cream for supper and pretty much veg-out. This Sunday, I’ll be going on a road trip to Rising Meadow farm for open house. I want some more Navajo Churro roving and my local spinning/knitting pals will be there. Have a nice trip. :)

  14. It depends on the time of year… in the summer, I look forward to every day… they are all my favorite days… especially rainy days where we stay in and watch a movie… or a sunny day when I sit outside knitting while the kids play in the yard.
    During the school year, I think my favorite day is Friday also. It holds the promise of a few days with the kids and my wonderful husband…

    Ya know… my favorite day is any day that I can KNIT!!!! :)

  15. It really depends on the week and the season and what’s going on (like last week it was Thursday because me and BFF Liz were leaving for Spring Fling), but I would have to say overall Friday. Saturday runs a close second, on the ones where I get to actually sleep in, which aren’t too many because I have WAY too much to do. But Fridays, that’s the end of the work-week, it’s usually quiet at work, and I look forward to an evening of not doing much but sitting with my mom and the pets and watching a movie and maybe knitting or crocheting (if the dog is occupied and not likely to try and “help” with the project).

  16. Sunday. Church, sports on t.v./napping/knitting. All the ingredients for peace of mind!

    LOVE Cook’s Illustrated. Charter subscriber. I now give subscriptions as wedding presents.

  17. Oh my gosh! Tres Leches is my FAVORITE cake of all time! ANd now that TAKS testing is over today I think I’ll celebrate by making one! Have a great weekend!

  18. Right now, I think my favorite is Tuesday. On most Tuesday nites I knit with friends or on the last Tuesday of the month, I stitch with a different group of friends. Either way, it is a good night and I get good coffee, out. Can’t beat either one. Hope your weekend is a good one. N

  19. So time for Loopy Vacation!!! Yeah we are going camping to Calistoga Napa Valley for Mother’s Day…My favorite day of the week is Sunday as that is my Friday. I love Monday’s also as I go to my knitting group!! Have a great one Sheri

  20. my favourite day is whichever weekend day my eldest girl is not working and doesn’t need a lift to work. That becomes my sleep in day, my “im not going to do anything that requires too much thought” day.
    I haven’t managed to actually have one of those days for awhile now, i suspect it is time for eldest daughter to get her drivers licence.

    Have a great weekend sheri.

  21. Everyday is my favorite day, for one reason or another.

    Wish I had brought my Little Loopy here with me on vacation (arrived last night). But it was a very difficult week, and had other things on my mind. I had to put my best friend down, Biscuit was a the sweetest well manner Bearded Collie she loved everyone.

  22. Holy, dairy wonderland, Batman! That cake sounds wonderful!

    My favorite day is Friday — kids come home from school unstressed as there is no homework immediately due. DH comes home from work unstressed for much the same reason. There usually isn’t anything planned so we just hang out as a family enjoying each others company.

  23. hope you had a great time at MDSW :-)

    My favorite day of the week has to be Sunday – it’s new begininngs of a new week – it’s also a day full of memories – helping my brother with his paper route and then going to my grandmothers for breakfast – it was a great family day and still is :-)

  24. My favorite day at the moment is Wednesdays, because most of our meetings for work are on Wednesdays, and since I’m remote, I call in and knit through them. It’s my most productive day all week. *grin*

  25. something exciting about where I live!? This coming weekend is the Horned Toad Derby! How is that for excitement! Actually it is a very small town here in California, and I moved here in 2003 from Phoenix which was getting much too big! Our biggest excitement every week is traveling 70 miles to Fresno for our chorus rehearsals, and mid-June we will be taking off for Prague/Vienna/Salzburg for a singing tour! I would be glad to have Loopy come by here! Our town, by the way, is Coalinga — so named because it was coaling station A on the railroad!

    jj

  26. I live in a suburb of Cleveland Ohio, and if loopy ewe came to visit me I would take him to the rock and roll hall of fame, I would show him around, see the movies, play the interactive sites and buy him a tee shirt. Sure hopes he comes to visit the rock and roll capital.

  27. If you would visit Leiden, in the Netherlands, I would take you to the Botanical Gardens of the University, founded in 1575..

  28. If the Loopy eue came to visit me we would visit all the Mark Twain sites, go to knitting group and hang out at a real cool coffee shop and watch people! Every day is my favorite day!

  29. If you come to Omak during the first week in August, you will get to see the famous Stampede race of horses and riders down a cliff across a stream and into the arena. It is quite exciting.

  30. Kingston in the summer. To start, my favorite day is a day knitting. That being said some of the things we could do on your visit to Kingston, MA would be to dig Clams early in the morning at low tide. As the clams soak, we would go to either Duxbury or Plymouth (neighboring towns and walk the beach (too early for ocean swimming just yet. Then on to either historic plymouth (America’s hometown) or a round of golf ,(many courses to choose from) After that we can come home to my inground pool and “pool house” for beer on draft and beverage of choice. Now we can sit by the pool and knit or swim (pool is heated to 80 degrees. Later we can have a fire in the fire pit and cook our clams. Sitting arould a warm cozy fire with after dinner drinks or tea & coffee and desserts is comfort beyond expectations. So nice. I’ll have more knitting with my tea please. Kingston is s little Norman Rockwell type of town wedged between Plymouth and Duxbury. It’s a place where people still say hello and chat with the new friends they are meeting for the first time.