Almost Caramel: Home-Made Dulce De Leche

Last week-end we stayed at some friends’ idyllisk summer house. The place has everything nostalgic city dudes (like me) are more and more longing for: a beautiful vegetable garden, a glasshouse, and happy lambs walking nearby.

On the way there, I found a shiny looking food magazine all dedicated to caramel-based desserts. There they proposed a pretty complicated method to make dulce de leche. Frustrating! After looking at all the pictures of caramel and dulce de leche dripping from every sort of sweet accompaniment, I was seriously craving some of that divine ambrosia (which is impossible to find in Sweden). So imagine the size of my eyes when I understood that our hostess was going to treat us with home-made dulce de leche. And imagine my eyes getting even bigger when she showed me how incredibly easy it really is to make it (scroll down for the step-by-step method).

The flower garden

Come look at the frog


you need: 1 can condensed milk, water, a pot, a stove (long list, isn’t?).

how to: put the can of condensed milk (without opening it) in a pot. Cover with water. Bring to a boil. Boil uncovered for 2 and 1/2 hours.

Refill with hot water once in a while.

Now you can open the can.

Yes, it does look like the real thing!

To make an even creamier dulce de leche, add a spoon or two of milk and whisk.

Suggestion: try your best not to eat it all at once. It is also good with ice-cream.

CONSIDERATIONS: I am proud of myself for having the dulce de leche (well, most of it) still resting in the fridge waiting for some creative use. It was a struggle not to eat it all (this is even better than nutella!) thinking of all the infinite uses… oh well, right now I could just bathe in it… wasn’t milk supposed to be really good for your skin?

CONSIDERAZIONI: Questo caramello fai da te e’ incommensurabilmente buono (batte persino la nutella!). Gli usi in cucina sono infiniti e ora che sai quanto e’ facile farlo chi ti salvera’ piu’ dalla tentazione?

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  1. Love homemade dulce de leche! And yes, this is so GOOD with ice cream.

  2. Davvereo si puo` dire: la scoperta dell’acqua calda!
    Ho sempre voluto provare…..avendo anche una zia sudamericana! Dopo questo barbatrucco non ho piu` scusanti!

  3. I never had it but my mouth is watering! It looks ohh so delicious! And that’s some self-discipline you have there… I don’t think I could have this sitting in my fridge for long… :-P
    By the way, I love your country pictures. So beautiful!!!

  4. It really is so easy to prepare this way. Love your great photos, especially the flower garden.

  5. Well, you’ve just made me very, very happy!! Isn’t this something? I can’t believe such a simple (and clean) process would have such a lovely and caramely end-result.. I can’t wait to try this:D Thanks so much for sharing this recipe! I also love those pretty photos at the beginning! xx Smidge

  6. This looks very good! It ‘s almost impossible to resist the temptation to try to do it … To be honest I am not good with things dipped in boiling water, but this sounds very easy! Beautiful pictures, they reminded me why I love Sweden!!!

  7. buonaaaaa!!! sai da quando non la faccio??? una vita! è troppo buona mi piace da matti :D su piccoli dolcetti di sfoglia è un delirio!!! potessi ne mangerei a valanga! ciao cara! mandamene un po’ :D

  8. I have always discounted dulche de leche because every single recipe I’ve seen was either complicated or labour-intensive…. This one is simply genious, many thanks to your friend for sharing it!

  9. What a beautiful place! That dulce looked amazing. I doubt it would last very long in my kitchen. Thanks for sharing such a simple method of making dulce de leche.

  10. I made this once and was floored at how easy it was… I think I used about 1/4 of it for spreading on cookies and ate the rest straight off a spoon ;)

  11. Hey!

    This looks absolutely fantastic – I actually did find dulce de leche in Stockholm, in an immigrant shop in Hagsätra – but it is a bit out of the way and so I am very tempted to try to make my own. Is there no danger of the can exploding or some such thing?

    • no risk of explosions as long as you keep the can always covered with water. this means checking on the process refilling with new hot water every now and then. thank you so much for the visit, I am coming over there to your site in a minute :)

      • Have to try this method then, as it would be interesting to see how much it differs from the shop-bought variety! And same, I will be visiting back as well!

  12. Good plain all by itself, like I said, it’s very hard to keep it around long enough to actually put it in a recipe.. LOL I went out and bought a can of condensed milk right after I saw this post on FB. :)

  13. How did I miss this?! I just saw it linked to from The Baltic Maid. You posted dulce de leche… and I missed it. Absurd!

    I’ve used this method and it’s great! Love dulce de leche. So very easy to make something so delicious. And great pictures! Just wish you had added some of the lambs… :)

  14. Caramel and anything dulce de leche is my ultimate weakness! And now you’ve taught me how to prepare it!

    Grazie amica,


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