Oh, Pie! Wake up. It’s dulce de leche time!
That’s right. Dulce de leche. Otherwise known as sweet, sweet nectar. It’s the kind of wonderful that will wake anyone up from a cat nap, kind of like the smell of waffles and maple syrup. This dulce de leche isn’t the stuff from the store that comes out of the same vat as normal old caramel. No sirree Bob. This is the good stuff, right here. Made in the comfort of your own kitchen, where you came nibble away at it as much as you want. You might want to. The results are FABULOUS.
No, seriously. If you are a caramel fiend you have to get on the dulce de leche train right now, cuz it’s leaving the station.
So, folks, how about a non-recipe? That’s really what this is when it comes down to it. If you can boil water, you can make this. All you have to do is submerge a can (or multiple cans, thank you very much) into a pot of water, and then boil it for three hours. And then it comes out all thick and beautiful and ready for its Glamour Shots. Anyone else remember those? Ah, the 1990s.
Anyhoo, I have to admit that for years I was hesitant to try this non-recipe. Why? Well, the one thing you have to keep in mind is that if you do it wrong, the can might explode. Have fun cleaning that off the cupboards. Avoiding this, thankfully, is an easy thing to do. All you have to remember is to keep the can of sweetened condensed milk COMPLETELY submerged in the water for the entire time. I like to make sure there is an inch of water above the can at all times. If you can just remember that, you’re golden.
So, exactly what can you do with dulce de leche, besides, um, taking over the world? Mwahahaha. Well, how about adding it to your favorite chocolate cream pie? Or how about ladling a healthy amount onto a bowl of chocolate or vanilla ice cream? And while we’re on the subject of ice cream, next time you make a homemade milk shake, wouldn’t it be even better with a dollop of this added in? Mmm. I’m there right now. You can be there too. Just saddle your horse and ride on in to the land of deliciousness. Yeehaaw!
- 1 can sweetened condensed milk.
- Tear the label off of the can of sweetened condensed milk.
- Fill a large pot with water and place the can in.
- Bring to a boil over medium high heat, then lower the temperature to a low simmer.
- Simmer on low for 3 hours, making sure to keep the can completely submerged in water the entire time to avoid the can exploding. You may have to add water every once in a while.
- After 3 hours, remove the can from the water and set it on a towel to completely cool off.
- Open and enjoy on ice cream or use in your favorite dessert recipes.
- Store in the fridge.