Monday, May 13, 2013

BTB: Homemade Dulce De Leche

Dulce De Leche has been gaining popularity over the past year and has been making more and more appearances in numerous recipes.  What the heck is Dulce De Leche?Where in the world do you get it?  Well, dulce de leche is a thick, rich, caramel-like sauce that has recently made it's way to the states from Argentina.  Where does one find this rich, caramel sauce?  While it is becoming more readily available in normal supermarkets, it still may be hard to find in some areas.  I have seen it in several different stores in my hometown, but when I went to visit my parents (who live in a smaller town) I have yet to find it on any of the grocery store shelves. 
But never fear, if you are one of the ones who lives in a smaller town with limited access to "specialty" ingredients, I have the answer for you!  You can still make all of those delicious recipes that call for dulce de leche, because you can make your very own right in your home.  Even better, it just takes two simple ingredients that can be found in any supermarket and a little time.  All you need is sweetened condensed milk, Kosher salt, a shallow baking dish, a roasting pan or casserole dish, and aluminum foil.  A few simple ingredients and tools that make a delicious sauce!
There are multiple methods of making homemade dulce de leche; oven, microwave, stove top, pressure cooking, from scratch, and even in the slow cooker.  All of these methods are fine, but I prefer the oven method.  Baking the dulce de leche in a water bath provides you with a thick and rich sauce, that is smoother and more creamy than any of the other methods.  As an added bonus, this finished product is achieved with a lot less work than any of the other methods! 
Now, once you've made your very own dulce de leche sauce what should you do with it?  Well, if you don't plan on using it immediately simply pour it into a jar, seal it and place it in the refrigerator.  Uses for this good stuff span from sauces and spreads to cookies, cakes, candies and custards.  This makes an excellent addition to any dessert as a supporting flavor as well as being the center of attention.  The most recent recipe I made using this deliciousness, used the dulce de leche in place of the sweetened condensed milk.  Can I just say, it was pure heaven on a fork.  Wow!  Now, what are you waiting for?  Go make some dulce de leche for yourself, your life will forever be changed once you try it!

Homemade Dulce De Leche

1 Can sweetened condensed milk
1/4 Tsp Kosher salt


Preheat oven to 425.

Pour condensed milk into a shallow baking dish and sprinkle with Kosher salt.  Cover the dish tighlty with aluminum foil and place in a larger roasting pan or casserole dish.  Fill the pan with water until it reaches three-quarters of the way up on the covered dish. 

Place in the preheated oven and bake for 60-90 minutes.  Check the water level every 30 minutes, adding more as needed. 

The dulce de leche is ready when it's golden-brown in color and has a caramel-like appearance.  Remove from the water bath and allow to cool completely.  To store, pour in a jar and place in the refrigerator.  Dulce De Leche can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks. 

Recipe source: Bakers Royale    

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