To begin with the site, I want to show you one of my favorites sweets~! My Owner eats it a lot too, so no wonder~! We prepare it whenever we can and it is always so delicious~! But let’s see some info about it~
It means “candy [made] of milk” or “sweet [made] of milk.” It is popular in Latin America, notably in Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Brazil, Ecuador, Bolivia, Colombia and Venezuela. Dulce de leche is a confection prepared by slowly heating sweetened milk to create a substance that derives its taste from the Maillard reaction, changing flavor and color.
There are two different forms to make this caramel spread: One is classic—cooking down milk and sugar—but it requires a fair amount of attention and stirring. (it’s kind of tiring) The other uses sweetened condensed milk and a long, though mostly unattended, time in the oven.
My owner and me don’t use the classic one because we are impatient. So we prefer the other method, but you are the one who choose the way to make it~!
- 4 cups milk
- 1 1/4 cups sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
Sweetened condensed milk method:
- 1 (14–ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
Stir together 4 cups milk, 1 1/4 cups sugar, and 1/4 teaspoon baking soda in a 3– to 4–quart heavy saucepan. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer uncovered, stirring occasionally, until caramelized and thickened, about 1 1/2 to 1 3/4 hours. (After about an hour, stir more often as milk caramelizes, to avoid burning.) Stir in 1 teaspoon vanilla. Transfer to a bowl to cool. Makes about 1 1/2 cups.
Sweetened condensed milk:
Heat oven to 425°F with rack in middle. Pour the contents of 1 (14–ounce) can sweetened condensed milk into a 9-inch deep-dish pie plate and cover tightly with foil. Set plate in a roasting pan and add enough hot water to pan to reach halfway up pie plate. Bake milk in middle of oven 45 minutes. Check water level and add additional, if necessary, then continue to bake 45 minutes more, or until milk is thick and brown. Remove pie plate from water bath and cool, uncovered. Makes about 1 1/4 cups.
Thank you, Epicurious.com~!