Pastel Tres Leches from La Tolteca

Tacos may very well be the perfect food, but let's face it, the standard Meximerican fare can get a bit stale after a while. Taco the Town is here to highlight some of the more unusual Mexican finds in the Valley.

This week: Pastel Tres Leches from La Tolteca

¿Como se dice?: What goes better with a slice of cake than a glass of milk? A slice of cake already soaked in three types of milk. Pastel Tres Leches translates to three milk cake, a cake doused in evaporated milk, sweetened condensed milk, and heavy cream. It's a cake that comes with its own sweet, milky sauce and best of all, it's not a soggy mess. At La Tolteca, it's covered in frosting with jaunty sprinkles and a glazed strawberry. Both kid-friendly and it will make your inner child smile.

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La Comida At La Tolteca, you can have your Pastel Tres Leches two different ways, both of which will make you moan with satisfaction upon first bite. Order the vanilla icing-topped tres leches cake topped with colorful sprinkles, or a slice of cake slathered in chocolate icing with a cherry on top. And if you're completely tapped after eating one of their massive burritos, you can always get the cake to go.

El Sabor: Pastel Tres Leches is a buttery, spongy cake soaked in three types of milk, including potent evaporated milk, sweetened condensed milk, and rich heavy cream. The dense cake comes with its own milky sauce, and each bite is crumbly and moist without being soggy or overly sweet. If you ever see pastel cuatro leches, it's likely that the panaderia also added a rich layer of dulce de leche into the mix. Add a glass of milk on the side to really get wild with your dairy-soaked treat.

Bring a bit of México to your kitchen: Pasteles tres leches recipes are as varied as the number of countries in Latin America. It's a pretty easy recipe to make in house, and we've seen everything from tres leches cupcakes to leches cakes soaked in rum.

Know of any Mexican gems in the valley? Reveal your family secrets in the comment section.

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