Dulce de Leche is a deliciously sweet treat made from 1 simple, easy to find ingredient. To make this dulce de leche recipe at home, it will cost you about $2 so you can forget about spending over $6 in specialty food stores the next time you need it!
How many times have you come across an ingredient in a recipe that you just can’t find in your regular grocery store? For me, it’s been countless times, and dulce de leche is one of those elusive ingredients that continues to confound me.
I often think that my grocery store has a fairly extensive selection of ethnic food but then again, I can’t find things like decent lo mein noodles or Thai chili paste, or dulce de leche.
What Is Dulce de Leche Anyway?
Translated to English, dulce de leche means sweetened milk. In Latin American markets, it’s as common as peanut butter is in any traditional grocery store in the U.S.
The first time I needed dulce de leche for a recipe, I foolishly spent over $10 on a jar from a specialty food store.
Well, never again. Never. Ever.
Because I have found the secret to this elusive ingredient: a $2 can of sweetened condensed milk. Yup, that’s all you’ll need!
How to Make Dulce de Leche
STEP 1: Prick a tiny hole in the top of the can. This is a must in order to prevent the can from exploding as you cook it.
STEP 2: Place the can in a small saucepan and fill the pan with enough water to co
STEP 3: Boil the heck out of the can. Seriously, you’ll need about 3 ½ hours and you’ll need to add more water to the saucepan every so often.
Once you pop that can open, you will end up with simply gorgeous and over-the-top amazing dulce de leche. I challenge you to not eat this right off the spoon!
What Can You Make with It?
I’m sure you guys could come up with a 100 more uses aside from eating straight off a spoon!
- 1 can sweetened condensed milk, label removed
- If the can has a pull tab, lift the tab very carefully and slowly, just until the seal of the can pops with a tiny hole - you don't want to open the can more than this much. If your can doesn't have a pull tab, pop the seal with a tiny pinch of a can opener.
- Place the can in a medium stainless steel sauce pot (do not use non-stick or enamel-coated) and pour water about ¾ the way up the can.
- Bring water to a simmer over medium-low to medium heat and simmer for 3 to 3 ½ hours, replenishing the water level every 30 minutes or so. Don't worry if the milk bubbles out of the can - only a few tablespoons will be lost.
- Remove the can from the water and allow the can to cool completely. Open the can and stir the dulce de leche to achieve a consistent thickness. Either use immediately or store the dulce de leche to an airtight container in the refrigerator.
adapted from Confections of a Foodie Bride
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