Words by Krystle Lischwe
Dulce de leche: its kind of a big deal. You’ve probably heard of it, or been lucky enough to taste it. Translated literally, dulce de leche means “sweet from milk” and has a similar flavor to caramel. However, outside of Latin homes, it is commonly known as milk jam or milk candy that can be used as rich fillings to flavor ice cream, or to create delicious dulce de leche cheesecake bars. Created by accident in 1829 (talk about a perfect mistake), this decadent dessert traces back to Argentinean roots. Despite its origins, dulce de leche became a staple of Latin America with each country adding its own flare to the recipe.
Usually, dulce de leche is made by boiling and continuously stirring milk and sugar until it browns and thickens. Sounds easy enough? There is an easier way! Try out this simple method to make homemade dulce de leche.
1 can of condensed milk
- Bring saucepan of water to a boil over medium heat.
- Remove label from milk can.
- Carefully place the can into boiling water.
- Let it sit for 3 hours for a soft texture or 4 hours for a thick texture.
- Add water to ensure that the can is completely covered as it boils.
- Remove heat and carefully remove can with an oven mitt or tongs
- Let cool before opening the can with a can opener
- Enjoy with ice cream, saltines or any of your favorite snacks.
Dulce de leche is extremely diverse and can be enjoyed in a variety of ways! My favorite is incorporating it into a sweet breakfast: dulce de leche crepes with strawberries. Be sure to check out Joy the Baker's Dulce de Leche Sandwich Cookies. What is your favorite dulce de leche dish?