Homemade Dulce de Leche

Updated: Sep 21, 2020

September 20 2020

Dulce de Leche can sometimes be hard to find. You can make your own by following the steps below using sweetened condensed milk.

Dulce de Leche

Makes: one 14-ounce can

Total Time: 3-4 hours

1 14-ounce can of sweetened condensed milk

Peel the label off a can of sweetened condensed milk, then place unopened in a large saucepan. Fill the saucepan with enough water to cover the can by 1 to 2 inches. Place the saucepan over high heat and bring to a gentle boil, then immediately reduce the heat to medium-low to medium, so that the water maintains a slow simmer.

VERY IMPORTANT: watch the water level every 1/2 hour to make sure that its at least 1 inch above the can. Seriously, set a timer! Be sure that the can is fully submerged in the water at all times, or else it could explode! You will find that every 30 minutes or so you will need to add more hot water to the saucepan to keep the water at the right level. You will need to do this several times throughout the cooking process. Simmer the can for at least 3 hours and up to 4 hours for a deeper color, flavor and thicker consistency. Turn off the heat, then using tongs remove the cans from the saucepan, set aside and allow the cans to come to room temperature before opening. DO NOT OPEN WHILE STILL HOT. Congratulations! You have now successfully made glorious dulce de leche!

The Dulce de Leche should be prepared a day ahead or up to several months in advance.

Since Dulce de Leche takes a long of time to make, a HUGE TIP would be to boil up a lot of condensed milk cans at the same time. Once they are cooked they will keep safely UNOPENED for months in the pantry. 

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