My husband has a very sweet tooth… and he LOVES condensed milk and everything made with it. I must admit that I instead don’t usually like overly sweet desserts… but I have a weakness for anything caramel. A few years ago, in Palenque – Mexico, we had a fantastic dinner in a restaurant called La Selva and our dessert was a dish called Crepas de cajeta: crêpes with “cajeta”, which is the Mexican name for Dulce de Leche. We both loved it and never forgot about it! And here I am, finally making Dulce de Leche at home! It is the easiest recipe ever! In fact, it is not even a recipe per se… it has only 1 ingredient: sweetened condensed milk! There are a few methods to make Dulce de Leche at home. I chose the stove method as I liked the idea of having my final Dulce de Leche in its own tin and in the end it did look really cute! Just make sure the tins are covered at ALL TIMES with boiling water or they may explode! Other than that, you only need a little patience and in about 4 hours you will have your Dulce de Leche! I gifted this to some friends as part of a Christmas home-made goodie present!
Canned sweetened condensed milk
Remove all the paper labels from the tins of condensed milk and place them in a big pot filled with water. Just make sure that the water is always at least 5 cm (2 inches) above the top of the tins.
Put the pot on the fire and bring to a boil, then lower the flame and simmer for 3 to 4 hours (adding boiling water if you have to). The longer you simmer it, the thicker the consistency of the final Dulce de Leche.
Then, remove the tins with some pincers (they will be very hot!) and let them cool down for 1 hour before opening. And there you have… your Dulce de Leche!
It can be enjoyed by itself or as a component of other sweets (you can make ice cream, use it as a caramel sauce, fill cookies or macarons, cakes or eat it on bread as a spread… anything you fancy!).