Sure Dulce de Leche sounds fancy, but it’s just like caramel but more milky. MMM, creamy caramelized sugar…GOOOOD. The best part is, it’s insanely easy to make. Insanely! How can I stress this enough? So easy my dog could do it (if she had thumbs). So easy my dad could do it. (My dad has never used the stove before.) So easy, I’m pretty sure my cousin’s genius 2 year old could do it. (Steve and Karen, shall we test this theory out?) Do you get what I’m saying? It’s so easy, no excuses. Can you purchase a can of sweetened condensed milk? You’re already half-way done.

sweetened condensed milk

So here’s the secret, you basically just boil a can of sweetened condensed milk and that’s it; you get Dulce de Leche. Here’s the second secret: the ghetto police won’t even come get you because they use this method at fancy restaurants. I learned it myself at a fancy French place, saw it with my own eyes, asked questions in disbelief, then filled my gaping mouth with dulce de leche. It’s sticky and helped hold it back together.

This method yields a wonderfully smooth, shiny, and spreadable confection. It’s a great filling for cakes and cookies, or just spread on some toast. If you want to drizzle it, you need to warm it and thin it with some milk.

Dulce de Leche on toast 2

A detailed recipe that you really don’t need…

Dulce de Leche

  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk

Instructions -

1. Remove the paper surrounding the can and discard. Place can in a pot and cover with water.

can in pot 2

2. Bring to a boil and cook for 90 minutes. (Time can be adjusted for a lighter or darker dulce de leche.) Make sure the can always remains covered with water, adding any when necessary. I keep a kettle of water heating on another burner so that I add boiling water each time because cold water will lower the temperature. (If you don’t do this, it’s not the end of the world.)

3. Remove pot form the heat and drain. Set the can on the counter and allow it to cool 5 minutes. Open can and enjoy. (Be careful. It’s hot! Use a towel to hold can and a little may spray out when you first puncture the can.)

Dulce de Leche in can 2
Transfer to an airtight container and store in the fridge. Should last at least 1 week. You can use it straight from the fridge or warm it in the microwave.

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