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Homemade dulce de leche is so easy to make. You only need one ingredient to create a delicious confection for your pies, cookies and cakes.
What is dulce de leche? It’s typically considered a classic sweet topping or filling from Latin America.
It translates in Spanish to “candy (made) of milk.” And, it really does live up to its name!
It pairs so perfectly with almost any dessert as a topping or even a filling.
It’s sometimes made with milk and sugar. Let me teach you how to make dulce de leche from condensed milk!
It’s so easy and saves you a trip to the grocery store.
Why this recipe works
- This recipe uses a water bath to evenly distribute heat through the sweetened condensed milk.
- You only need one ingredient for this recipe, which makes it incredibly simple.
This perfect, golden confection is perfect for all your pies, cookies, cakes. It works well with ice cream and coffee, too!
What you need
This super easy dulce de leche recipe only requires one ingredient. Let’s discuss the key ingredient:
The full recipe can be found at the bottom of the post!
- Sweetened condensed milk: This ingredient will be slow-cooked to create a caramel-like confection.
This is a list of tools I used to make the recipe.
- Pie dish: A 9-inch deep-dish pie pan works best for slow cooking the sweetened condensed milk.
- Roasting pan: You’ll place water in the roasting pan to create a water bath.
How to make dulce de leche
1. Slow cook the condensed milk
You’ll slow cook the sweetened condensed milk in a water bath in your oven.
- Start by moving your oven rack to the center. Preheat oven to 425oF.
- Then, pour the milk into the pie pan. Cover tightly with foil.
- Place pie pan in roasting pan. Create a water bath by adding enough hot water to reach halfway up the pie pan.
- Then, bake for 45 minutes.
- Continue to monitor water level. Add additional water if necessary.
- Finally, bake for an additional 45 minutes, or until milk is thick and brown.
2. Let cool
Remove it from the oven and follow steps to properly cool.
- Remove the pie pan from the water bath.
- Then, whisk the cooked mixture vigorously to work out any clumps.
- Finally, allow it to cool completely, uncovered at room temperature.
Jen’s Best tips
- It becomes thick as it cools or is refrigerated. To make it thinner, you may need to warm it slightly.
- To ensure best results, use enough water to create a proper water bath.
Storing & Freezing
To store: Store it in an airtight jar or container in the fridge. Store this way for no more than 2 weeks.
To Freeze: Transfer it to an airtight, freezer-safe container. Freeze for no more than 2 months. To use, thaw overnight in the fridge.
Ways to use dulce de leche
This is the perfect topping or filling for the following recipes:
- Drop it in the center of thumbprint cookies
- Make layered pumpkin bars
- Add it to tres leches cake
- Use it to make banoffee pie
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