I’m back!!! Finally the holiday season has past and with it I get a little bit of free time. It’s the craziest time of the year for my etsy shop, swamped by orders! But thankfully it’s all gone. (Sigh of relief!)
So I here I come with a simple yet time consuming recipe, but also with an easy, effort free variation. Traditionally dulce de leche is very time consuming and although I think the amount of time required to make this recipe it’s a lot, I really, really, really think everybody should give it a try at least once in a life time. The results are awesome!!!
The list of ingredients is minimal, and almost everybody should have these three ingredients at hand at any time, here is what you’ll need:
4 cups whole milk
12 oz. sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract (feel free to substitute with other flavorings like almond, maple…)
In a heavy bottomed pot, heat the milk, sugar over medium heat until sugar dissolves. Add the baking soda and vanilla and stir. Let cook for about two hours (medium low heat), stirring occasionally with a wooden spoon to prevent sticking.
You’ll notice that as water from the milk evaporates, mixture will slowly thicken and color will change to a lovely caramel color.
Cooking time is approximate, since every stove is different. But keep in mind that the last hour (last hour low heat) is the most important, since you’ll have to stir it constantly to avoid lumps or the mixture getting stuck to the bottom of the pot.
Remove from the heat when you get a light custard consistency to it. Keep stirring it for 5 to 10 minutes to help it cool down. You will notice that it will thicken even more. Pour into jars. They’ll keep in the refrigerator for about two weeks. You can also preserve them using your preferred canning technique.
I enjoyed mine right way as you can see in the pics in a very simple way, I toasted a sprouted grains slice of bread, cut some banana slices (used a heart shaped linzer cookie cutter insert for cuteness purposes 😉 and drizzled the dulce the leche all over it. YUM!!!
Note that this recipe is for a more drizzable dulce the leche.
Here is the less involved version and more spreadable also. You’ll need a can of condensed milk and a pot full of water, boil it for 3 hours and you are done!!! If you have a pressure cooker, boil the can for 40 minutes. In both cases wait for the can to cool before opening.