buildOn’s Seattle Dinner: A Nicaraguan Feast

Tonight’s theme is Nicaragua!

buildOn’s Seattle Chapter is hosting it’s fourth annual Seattle Dinner tonight, and all of the proceeds are going to support buildOn’s school construction projects in Nicaragua. In light of this, we are serving Nicaraguan cuisine prepared by Tom Douglas‘ chef, Matt Anderson. Take a look at the menu and learn how to prepare pastel de tres leches.

First Course

Vigaron. This is a typical salad from Granada a yucca, cabbage and tomatoes. Learn how to prepare it by following this recipe provided by Danilo Llanes, buildOn’s Nicaragua Trek Coordinator.

Entree Course

Roasted Washington Chicken served with sweet peppers, walla walla onion and gallo pinto.  Try buildOn’s version of gallo pinto.

Dessert Course

Pastel de Tres Leches. This translates to “Three Milks Cake” because it calls for whole milk, sweetened condensed milk and evaporated milk. We modified this recipe we found on The Masa Assassin blog, which specializes in Latin American cuisine. Provecho (enjoy)!

5 eggs
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1 cup white sugar
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups whole milk
1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
1 (12 fluid ounce) can evaporated fat free milk
1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
1/2 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Sift flour and baking powder together and set aside. Cream butter and 1 cup sugar together until fluffy. Add eggs and the 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract; beat well. Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture 2 tablespoons at a time; mix until well blended. Grease and flour baking pan, pour batter into prepared pan. Bake at 350 degrees F for 30 minutes.

Combine the whole milk, condensed milk, and evaporated milk together. Pierce entire cake with toothpicks. Pour over the top of the cooled cake. Refrigerate and let the cake absorb all of the liquid overnight.

Whip the heavy whipping cream until it beads and add 1/2 cup white sugar, and 1 teaspoon vanilla together until thick. Spread over the top of cake.