Dulce de leche is one of those delicious foods now readily available in North American stores. Can you believe there was a time when it wasn’t? That wonderful caramel sauce which is perfect on everything is so easy to make, you won’t even have to buy it anymore. This is one of those best-kept secrets our South American friends have shared with us.
Dulce de leche is a South American delicacy and, until 1997 when Haagen Dazs introduced a Dulce de Leche ice cream, most North Americans had never heard of it. Dulce de leche is Spanish for “candied milk”, and many South and Central American countries have their own way of preparing it.
You can enjoy dulce de leche in so many ways: as a topping or filling for cake, as ice cream topping, fruit dip, etc. Use it any way you would use caramel. The difference between the two is that caramel has a butter base and dulce de leche is caramelized milk. The taste is extraordinary!
Here is an easy way to make your own – you will be amazed at the result!
Homemade Dulce de Leche Recipe
Ingredients for Homemade Dulce de Leche:
- 14-ounce can of sweetened condensed milk (not evaporated milk)
Directions for making Homemade Dulce de Leche:
Remove the label from the can of condensed milk. Poke 2 vent holes in the top of the can (using a can opener or, if it’s a pop-top can, just pop the top – but don’t remove it).
Put the can into a large sauce pan (vent holes up). Fill the pan with water until it is ¼-inch or so below the top of the can of milk.
Put the sauce pan on the stove - do not cover it -- and bring the water to a boil over medium-high heat. Lower the heat to simmer and let the can simmer gently for about 1 – 1 ½ hours.
As the water boils down, add more hot water so that the water level is maintained at ¼-inch below the top of the can (never let the pan boil dry or let water get into the can of condensed milk).
When it is done, let it cool for a while in the can, then carefully open up the can completely (it will be tan or brown in color). Enjoy dulce de leche on cakes, cookies, as ice cream topping, inside crepes, etc.
Here are some delicious recipes for dulce de leche:
Alfajores cookie recipe – butter cookies filled with dulce de leche
Dulce de leche pie recipe – this is such a “wow” recipe – delicious!
Tres leches cake recipe – the moistest cake you will ever have!
Thumbprint cookie recipe – filled with dulce de leche
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