Sunday, June 14, 2009

The Milkmaid and Her Pail, an Aesop fable

A farmer's daughter had been out to milk the cows, and was returning to the dairy carrying her pail of milk upon her head. As she walked along, she fell a-musing after this fashion:

The milk in this pail will provide me with cream, which I will make into butter and take to market to sell. With the money I will buy a number of eggs, and these, when hatched, will produce chickens, and by and by I shall have quite a large poultry yard. Then I shall sell some of my fowls, and with the money which they will bring in I will buy myself a new gown, which I shall wear when I go to the fair; and all the young fellows will admire it, and come and make love to me, but I shall toss my head and have nothing to say to them.
Forgetting all about the pail, and suiting the action to the word, she tossed her head. Down went the pail, all the milk was spilled, and all her fine castles in the air vanished in a moment!

Moral: Do not count your chickens before they are hatched.

I found this fabulous vid for making Tres Leches(3 milks) Cake.
A recipe is below the vid.

Easy Tres Leches Cake

1 yellow cake 9x12 premade from a box mix or your favorite recipe

1 cup whole milk or heavy cream (your choice)
1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
1 (12 fluid ounce) can evaporated milk

1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
1 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Use a fork to poke holes in the cake.

Combine the whole milk/heavy cream, condensed milk, and evaporated milk together.
Pour over the top of the cooled cake. Use as much as you think is necessary.
You want the cake saturated but not to the point that it falls apart.
You may not need all of it.

Whip whipping cream, 1 cup sugar, and the remaining 1 teaspoon vanilla together until thick.

Spread over the top of cake.
Be sure and keep cake refrigerated.


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