My mom has been pushing strawberries and cream desserts this weekend, especially since she got back from a Cuban restaurant where she had that very dish and she found it to be incredible. I passed on it last night, but tonight I took her up on her offer. I made it myself since I MUST have my food looking pretty.
Now you might be wondering: Caitlin McFly, why does Mommy McFly suddenly need to have strawberries and cream as a dessert now all the time? Wasn’t the dessert at the restaurant special and magical and therefore should not be replicated at home?
Why, yes, reader, I agree with you. But as to why, I think it’s because of me. She started describing the cream that was used on the fruit–sweet, thick, sort of a caramel taste–and she realized that it was just a condensed milk sort of sauce. I brought up home replication, and, well, that was that.
And what do they sell in the aisle with powdered milk and flour and baking goods? That’s right! A Spanish [note: “Spanish” used as an umbrella term) dulce leche sauce in a bottle!
This was my first time trying the sauce, but every time I’ve walked by it in the supermarket I’ve wanted to pick it up and try it. I think there was sort of an intimidation factor to it, considering that it looks like pudding, and on the bottle it’s being poured over melon. Melon! Ew! So, I never got it. It took my mom’s desire to replicate a special, one-of-a-kind dessert on a rare childless night out for it to finally enter our home. She had high expectations for it, apparently, as there were two bottles in the fridge last I checked.
If you’re curious about trying it since I have, let me tell you what I thought. I liked it quite a lot, actually–texturally, it’s somewhere between a thick syrup and a runny pudding. It coated the fruit rather well, and it stuck to the wafer roll cookie that I had put in as garnish. The leche had a very caramel taste to it generally, and my oral reaction was reminiscent of eating a thick, rich cheesecake with a sort of pucker. I’m definitely going to try and find other uses for it….such as on cake. Mmmm. Leche cake.