Note:Make sure the Thai tea which you use is unsweetened loose Thai tea leaves, not an instant Thai tea mix which will ruin the recipe. Also, if you prefer a cake with no brown specks, you can strain the tea-infused milk before adding it to the recipe.
- Yield:serves 12
- Active time: 30 minutes
- Total time:1 hour 15 minutes
- 2 cups whole milk, room temperature, divided
- 2 tablespoons unsweetened loose Thai tea leaves
- 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
- 1 1/2 cups (about 10 1/2 ounces) granulated sugar
- 3 large eggs, room temperature
- 2 1/4 cups (about 11 1/2 ounces) all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 6 large egg yolks
- 1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
Place 1 1/4 cups milk in a heat-proof bowl or glass measuring cup; microwave until warm, about 30 seconds. Add tea leaves and set aside.
Grease 10-inch springform pan or a 13- by 9- by 2-inch pan, and line it with a piece of parchment paper; set aside. Preheat oven to 350° F.
In a medium bowl stir together flour, salt, and baking powder; set aside. In a large mixing bowl beat butter with an electric mixer on medium speed until fluffy, about 30 seconds. Add sugar, 1/4 cup at a time, and continue to beat until the mixture is well combined, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.
Add eggs to the butter mixture, one at a time, beating after each addition, about 1 minute total.
Strain tea-infused milk through a fine mesh strainer. With a rubber spatula, alternately fold in flour mixture and tea-infused milk to butter mixture. Once the batter is well combined, spread it into the prepared pan, and bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 30 to 35 minutes. Remove the cake from the oven and let it cool in the pan.
Meanwhile, make the custard sauce by putting the remaining milk and condensed milk in a 1-quart heavy-bottomed pot or saucier over medium-low heat, whisking to combine. Place egg yolks in a medium mixing bowl and whisk until smooth.
Once the condensed milk mixture starts to boil, immediately remove the pot from heat. With one hand, slowly pour the hot milk into the yolks in thin stream. With the other hand, whisk the mixture vigorously making sure everything is well blended.
Pour the egg mixture back into the empty milk pot and put it on low heat, whisking constantly. In less than a minute, the custard sauce will thicken up. Take the pot off the heat, strain the custard through a fine-mesh strainer into a serving container, preferable one with a spout; keep covered and warm. (You should end up with approximately 2 1/2 cups of sauce.)
Serve the cake with the warm custard sauce. (If the sauce becomes too thick upon standing, thin it out with a little bit of warm milk.)