Yum! Who doesn't love dulce de leche?
I was reading through some of my favorite blogs, when I opened The Cooking Photographer. Laura had a recipe for Dulce de Leche Apple Pie!
OMG DROOL right????
In her instructions for the pie, she also gives directions on how to make the Dulce de Leche yourself, from Sweetened Condensed Milk.
All you have to do is boil the cans, labels removed, for 4 hours.
It's nearly impossible for me to keep any kind of caramel-like foods in the house, since they are consumed almost as soon as I bring them home.
I decided this was worth a try.
Now if I'm cooking anything for 4 hours, I'm definitely making more than one!
So I pulled 4 cans of Sweetened Condensed Milk from the pantry. (that's definitely a staple item for me)
Removed the labels.
And placed them in a stock pot.
Filled with water... about two inches above the top of the cans.
That's about 2 knuckles deep. Obviously don't stick your finger in there after it's hot!
Boil for four hours.
Be sure to keep checking the pot.
The cans need to stay submerged.
As the water evaporates, boil a teapot full of water to replace the evaporated water.
Again, be sure the tops of the cans are always covered with water.
Let them cool completely before opening them.
Dulce de Leche made at home!
Nice snack for the kidlets
Or how about on top of ice cream?
Or maybe inside Stuffed French Toast?
This is soooo yummy!!! You'll want to just eat it out of the can. (no one's watching... go ahead... have a big spoonful!)
This Dulce de Leche is very very thick. While doing a little browsing around the interwebs for more info on this method, I found a couple of people who boil for about 2 hours for a thinner Dulce de Leche.
The 4 hour batch I made can be thinned out by popping it into the microwave for 30 seconds or so. But it does thicken back up again after a bit.
I think I'll try a 2 to 3 hour batch (two cans... removing one after 2 hours and one after 3 hours) to see if I end up with a thinner end result.
Oh and Laura's Dulce de Leche Apple Pie?
Stay tuned... that's up next!
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