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Tres leches-inspired dessert from ‘Trailer Food Diaries’

Addie Broyles
abroyles@statesman.com

Just as Austin food trucks are settling into their own rhythm, so is Tiffany Harelik, the author of the popular “Trailer Food Diaries” book series that chronicles mobile food vendors in Houston, Portland and Dallas-Fort Worth. She’s on her third edition of “Trailer Food Diaries Cookbook: Austin Edition” (The History Press, $19.99), which came out earlier this year, and one of the featured trucks is Mister FruitCup.

Owners Justin Avalos and Josh Thomas have moved their truck to the Co-op Food Court at 411 West 23rd St., and summer is one of the biggest seasons for their catered and individual fruit salads, which are topped with everything from black sesame seeds and Grape Nuts to butterscotch chips and coconut flakes. This Tres Leches Fruit Cup calls for making your own caramelized goat milk, but in a pinch, you could use pre-made.

Tres Leches Fruit Cup

Tres leches flavors take a traditional Mexican dessert to a new level in this fruit cup.

1 (12-oz.) can evaporated goat milk

6 Tbsp. sugar

1/8 tsp. baking soda

3/4 cup sweetened condensed milk

1 cup heavy whipping cream

4 medium oranges, peeled and sliced

1 pint strawberries, hulled and cut into halves

1/4 fresh pineapple, cut into spears

3 cups angel food cake, cut into 1-inch cubes

To make the tres leches sauce, bring goat milk and sugar to a boil in a large pan. Mixture will boil up, but while it heats, dissolve baking soda in 2 teaspoons water in a side bowl. Reduce heat to medium and stir in baking soda/water mixture. Mixture will boil up again. Reduce heat to maintain a steady simmer and cook mixture, stirring frequently, until light caramel colored and sauce is reduced to 1/2 cup. Cooking time is approximately 30 minutes.

Add the sweetened condensed milk and cream. Heat and stir until sauce is warm. (Note: You can make sauce one week ahead. Cover and chill. Reheat gently before adding to fruit cups.)

To build your fruit cups: Add a mixture of orange segments, strawberries, pineapples and angel food bites. Drizzle warm tres leches sauce and repeat in layers all the way to the top of the cup. Serves 4.

— Justin Avalos of Mister FruitCup