How To Make Dulce de Leche
I had a craving.
An intense craving for something impossibly sweet.
And it couldn’t be just anything sweet.
I’m talking IMPOSSIBLY sweet.
But preferably with a creamy texture and caramely taste. And it had to be something I could get my hands on pretty quickly because it was already 11:30 at night and I live in white-bread-Orange-County. It’s not likely I can run to the store at that hour jonesing for my flan-fix.
So I quick check my cupboards and found a can of sweetened condensed milk. (Oh great glory and splendor!! I’m saved!!)
1) I removed the label.
2) Placed the sealed can in my pressure cooker.
3) Covered the can with water.
4) Cooked it at high pressure for 45 minutes.
I let the pressure drop on it’s own for about 15 minutes and then voilà!
I had a moment as I opened the cooling can and these three little words popped into my mind (along with a swelling angelic chorus):
DULCE. DE. LECHE.!!!
My kids who didn’t think for one moment that this experiment would work (because as far as they are concerned Häagen Dazs ice cream has perfected Dulce de Leche and put it on the map, so to speak). But they were blown away. They hovered around as I worked the can opener. They were all ready to mock my ridiculous effort.
Then I saw the gleam in their eyes and the spoons in their hands . . .
“Sweet!” they said.
“No,” I corrected. “Impossibly sweet.” =D
You can put this dulce de leche on ice cream, frozen yogurt, ice cream bars, ice cream cakes, flan, toast, pancakes, waffles or on any dessert. It is versatile and awesome.
NOTE: You can also make dulce de leche in a crockpot. (I know. Shut up!) Place two unopened cans of sweetened condensed millk in your crockpot, cover with hot water, and cook on high for 4 hours. Remove from the dulce de leche from the crockpot and set aside to cool before opening.
No need to purchase dulce de leche when you can make it at home. It is so easy.