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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Dulce de Leche



Dulce de leche is a thick caramel like sauce that is prepared by slowly heating sweetened condensed milk. Literally translated it means "candy of milk". There are many different versions of this, depending on which region of the country you live in. A Mexican version called Cajeta is made from goats milk. Here I used the simplest method available which is pouring sweetened condensed milk into a small baking vessel and then placing this dish in a larger one filled halfway with water.

Keeping with this weeks theme of Cinco De Mayo, I purchased sweetened condensed milk for dessert for the first time. Frankly I was very surprised by my non sweets loving husband's reaction as he totally loved this. I can see how this ingredient could be good in other desserts as well; such as pie. This is the easiest 1 ingredient recipe I have ever done.

This recipe is adapted from Scarletta Bakes. com, who also resides here in sunny Phoenix Arizona.

Ingredients:

1 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk

To prepare:

Preheat oven to 425F.

Pour sweetened condensed milk into ramekins. Cover tightly with aluminum foil.


Fill pan with hot water, cover tightly with foil and bake 60 to 90 minutes.


Beat with fork until smooth. Good over ice cream and drizzled over cake or brownies.


52 comments:

  1. It really is crazy how amazing dulce de leche is, being only one ingredient! So good.

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    1. Hi Joanne, completely new to me, never knew how easy it was.

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  2. Looks like this would be great on ice cream! Can't wait to try!

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    1. Hi Amy, I was thinking the same thing. Looks like everything is okay.

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  3. This recipe sounds so easy! Almost too good to be true. I love all things caramely and sweet. Can't wait to make this!

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    1. I know right, it is so easy. Thanks Natalie!

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  4. Delicious! I just throw the can into a saucepan of boiling water for a couple of hours but do worry that it may boil dry and the can explode. Not sure whether licking Dulce de leche from the kitchen walls would be a good or a bad thing.

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    1. Hi Anne, it's a good thing for sure. Thanks!

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  5. Oh, I've never made this but I love the simple instructions so I'm on it. I'm looking up at Anne's comment - yikes! Explode? lol. Definitely would be a big mess.
    Thanks for sharing this, Cheri - it looks so tasty!

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    1. Hi Robyn, I know right, this method is avoids all that by baking milk in the oven. Thanks for stopping by.

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  6. I'll never call caramel "dolce de leche" again. Thanks for clarifying that up for me, Cheri. :) ela@GrayApron

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    1. Hi Ela, it's all new to me. Happy Friday!

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  7. Oooh .... I got very excited when I saw this recipe, Cheri! It's great to have a step-by-step like that. This is definitely one to bookmark for later. Thanks!

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    1. Hi Helen, this was so easy and I could not believe how good it turned out. We had this over ice cream and it was good.

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  8. Dear Cheri, what a wonderful color your homemade dulce de leche has - and what a fitting way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. We love this sweet treat once in a while with some really good vanilla ice cream!
    Thanks for joining the CCC - we are delighted to have you cooking along with us - by the way one last thing with respect to the badge - once you have attached it to your blog (which you did) as a picture THEN you add the URL-code on your blog, it is an option you will have to choose, that way, the badge will link back to the CCC page. Thank you!
    Have a great day,
    Andrea

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    1. Hi Andrea, we enjoyed our's with ice cream as well, will try and attach url to link back to your ccc page.

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  9. I made dulce de leche with pressure cooker before...but oven-baked method seems so much easier, esp. if you prepare more than just one tin. Thanks for sharing, Cheri.

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    1. Hi Angie, this was my first time preparing this sweet treat and I was so surprised how easy it was. Thanks for stopping by.

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  10. I have yet to make this delicious little sauce. Thanks for the reminder on how easy and delicious it is. Have a super weekend. BAM

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    1. Hi Bam, thanks for stopping by, happy Friday to you!

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  11. I already love caramel in general. Especially, when it is made from condense milk, I can imagine it must be extremely delicious!

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    1. Hi Nicha, it really is good and so easy to make. Thanks for stopping by.

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  12. Yum, I adore dulce de leche but have never made it at home before. Will have to try soon. :)

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    1. Hi June, it was my first time and it really was easy.

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  13. Looks very tempting and I do love caramel. Don't normally buy condensed milk either but I happen to have a few tins in the cupboard as I'd planned to make a recipe with them before Christmas and ran out of time - think this could be a great use for them.

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    1. Hi Andrea, we had ours with ice cream and it was delicious!

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  14. Lord, I don't need a Mercedes Benz, I just want a jar of this. And no I won't share.

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    1. Hi Marlene, I know I only made one small jar, but I had to eat enough so I could close up the lid for later. Thanks for stopping by.

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  15. This looks wonderful! I could just eat that with a spoon. :)

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    1. Thanks, that's exactly what we did, and then we had some more on top of ice cream.

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  16. This is a great new method for making dulce de leche! Nice! It's so delicious.

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    1. Thanks Amy, it was a great way, although next time I would probably make 2 cans.

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  17. I make mine the same way! I use a loaf pan. It is one of the greatest things on Earth! Happy Weekend Cheri! :-)

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    1. Hi Reeni, it is isn't it. Have a super week-end!

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  18. Love that it means 'candy of milk' this sounds super yummy!

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    1. Hi Phi, it is, thanks for stopping by, happy week-end!

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  19. Oh I love these set and forget type deals. The first time I had dulce de leche was in Alfajores... so good!

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    1. Thanks Francesca! appreciate you stopping by.

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  20. I have only heard of the method Anne uses, but have been skeptical of boling a can for several hours. I like your version much better! I wish we could get sweetened condense goats milk! I love cajeta! We have one cheese maker in Tucson that makes their own cajeta. SOOO good! ~ David

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    1. Oh..... I have only read about cajeta, sounds amazing! would love to try next time I am in Tucson. If you can could you let me know the name of the business so I could stop by. Thanks!

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  21. How simple is that!!! Brilliant!

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    1. I know, sounds to good to be true, but it is that easy. Thanks Karen!

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  22. Mmmhhh, divine! I could eat tons of that lovely spread.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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    1. Hi Rosa, it is good right out of the jar and on ice cream of coarse. Thanks for stopping by.

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  23. Is it really this simple? Like seriously? OK then, I'm going to buy some condensed milk this very moment.
    Thanks for the inspiration Cheri!

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    1. Hi Mike, yes it really is that simple, and it's really good!

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  24. Gee whiz..I'm not getting your posts..

    My husband loves DDL. I ....(bought ) ...some..
    I know..I know I always say I make everything..:)

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  25. I have never tried to make dulce de leche at home, but it looks easy and I would love to try it. I was never comfortable with the thought of boiling a can of condensed milk for several hours. I like your method much better.

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