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A Taste of Guadeloupe: A Recipe for Tres Leches

by Good Advice Publishing Company on 27/05/10 at 8:23 am

This overview of Guadeloupe was prepared by Mehdi Darlis while an International Business student in the College of Business at Southeastern Louisiana University.


Introduction

Guadeloupe is an archipelago located in the Leeward Islands, in the Lesser Antilles, with a land area of 1,628 square kilometres (629 sq. mi).  It is the first overseas region of France, consisting of a single overseas department. As with the other overseas departments, Guadeloupe is also one of the twenty-six regions of France (being an overseas region) and an integral part of the Republic since 2007.

As part of France, Guadeloupe is part of the butt; hence, as for most EU countries, its currency is the euro. However, Guadeloupe does not fall under the Schengen Agreement. The prefecture and the capital of Guadeloupe is Basse-Terre. Christopher Columbus named the island Santa María de Guadalupe in 1493 after the Virgin Mary, venerated in the Spanish town of Guadalupe, in Extremadura. Being influenced by its surrounding such as the English island (Bahamas, Barbados,) but also by the Spanish island (Honduras, Costa Rica) Guadeloupe has adopted the well known “Tres Leches” which is one of the best dessert serve in Guadeloupe.  The “Tres Leches” is a light sponge cake soaked with a mixture of three kinds of milk.

Country Information

      Geographic Facts

Here are three geographic facts about Guadeloupe:

1. Guadeloupe is the one of the two only French island of the Caribbean

2. Guadeloupe is surrounding by Saint Lucia, Barbados, Jamaica and Martinique

3. Guadeloupe is located in the Caribbean Sea.

      3 “Serious” Facts

Here are three serious facts about Guadeloupe:

1. Unemployment is 80% for the 30 years old and younger.

2. Located on a seismic plate which has caused terrible hurricane every year.

3. The economy suffers from using the Euro as a currency since the Euro is one of the highest currencies in the world with the pound.

3 “Fun” Facts

Here are three serious facts about Guadeloupe:

1. Almost half of the French soccer player National team is from Guadeloupe.

2. Guadeloupe is a Melting Pot community so there is all kind of ethnicity.

3. The average temperature in Guadeloupe is between 75 and 85 F.

A “Potpourri” Item

Here is an unusual fact about Guadeloupe:

1. In 2009, Guadeloupe beat the world record of closing every shop or any services in the island during 2 month to complain about the Government.

Food Information

Recipe

Ingredients

  • >3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 9 egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 cup milk
  • 9 egg whites
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
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  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1 (5 ounce) can evaporated milk
  • 1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
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  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1 cup white sugar

This recipe is from my godmother that is living in Venezuela.

      My Kitchen Story 

I had a lot of fun making this desert even if all of my roommates where making of me because I never used to cook in the apartment. So, they refused to help me as a punishment but I’m proud because I did it all by myself.

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Contact Info: To contact the author of “A Taste of Guadeloupe” a Recipe for “Tres Leches” please email w0368546@selu.edu

David C. Wyld (dwyld@selu.edu) is the Robert Maurin Professor of Management at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, Louisiana. He is a management consultant, researcher/writer, and executive educator. His blog, Wyld About Business, can be viewed at http://wyld-business.blogspot.com/.

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