Dulce de Leche

This past weekend a friend of ours had a huge party.  They asked me to bake.  A few restrictions; no nuts, mini bite sized – everything, and keep it simple.  No problem.  I made lemon squares, gooey, fudgy brownies, whole wheat-oat chocolate chunk cookies, and a vanilla bean cupcake with dulce de leche butter cream.

About a week before the party I started collecting provisions.  My first stop was Surfas.  I have talked about Surfas in the past and I am always overjoyed to have an excuse to shop there. After collecting most of what I needed, I simply could not find the dulce de leche.  They were out of it.  I knew I could make my own, but sometimes, when baking for a crowd, I do look for shortcuts. No problem, I said to myself, I will just make it.  How hard could it be?  I soon found out, not hard at all.

I will never buy pre-made, store bought Dulce de Leche, every again.  This is one of the easiest things I have every made and I am kicking myself for not doing it sooner.  Dulce de leche will be lining my refrigerator shelves along side my homemade caramel and my homemade hot fudge sauce.  I just adore finding new discoveries!
enjoy!
 

Dulce de Leche


Instructions

• remove all the paper from several cans of sweetened condensed milk (14 oz. cans)
• put 2 – 4 cans in a dutch oven.  fill with water.  the water should cover the cans of milk.
• bring to a boil.  once boiled, turn down to simmer, cover slightly, with a lid and let simmer for 2-4 hours.  the longer it simmers, the thicker the caramel becomes.  I simmered mine for 3 hours.
• remove the cans from the water and let cool for one hour.
• once cooled open the cans and transfer the thick caramel to a glass jar (I used ball jars).  let cool completely before attaching the lid.
• this will store in the fridge for ever

The Urban Baker / SusanSalzman.com

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  • Maria
    Reply

    I could eat this by the spoonful!

  • Eliana
    Reply

    That was quite the lineup you baked up. And you’re right – there is no need to buy dulce de leche when it is so easy (and cheaper) to make at home.

  • A Autora do blog
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  • Jennifurla
    Reply

    Oh super cool, thanks for sharing…I’ll make a ton

  • Rosa's Yummy Yums
    Reply

    I love dulce leche! Your cupcakes are so pretty and tempting.Cheers,Rosa

  • Amanda
    Reply

    That is gorgeous! And looks delicious. What a beautiful recipe!God bless-Amanda

  • M.
    Reply

    I bet it tastes much better than a store bought one 🙂

  • Kim
    Reply

    I loovve dulce de leche and it’S so simple to make it!

  • allison [a for aubergine]
    Reply

    Making dolce de leche is one of my favorite things!

  • christine
    Reply

    Wow. I can’t believe how simple this recipe is. I love the nonchalance of your comment about homemade caramel lining your fridge 🙂 You make it sound so easy! Thanks!

  • Cathy @ ShowFoodChef
    Reply

    I’m really glad you posted this. I’ve been wanting to try this and got over whelmed with several different recipes that I didn’t feel confident about their process. You are very clear and I’ll definitely follow this one, can’t wait.

  • Cathy @ ShowFoodChef
    Reply

    I’m really glad you posted this. I’ve been wanting to try this and got over whelmed with several different recipes that I didn’t feel confident about their process. You are very clear and I’ll definitely follow this one, can’t wait.

  • Patricia Scarpin
    Reply

    I’m a brave girl and use a pressure cooker to make dulce de leche. :DIsn’t it just delicious, Susan? And those cupcakes are to die for!

  • Nicole
    Reply

    I bet this would make a great gift for the holidays! How long do you think it’d keep unrefrigerated? Can it be a ‘refrigerate after opening’ sauce? Just thinking about transporting… Thanks for sharing this recipe!

    • admin
      Reply

      I think this will last forever. I wouldn’t worry about transporting. Maybe just put in a cool pack or something along those
      lines. You are right, this would make a great gift!!

  • Jahjaira
    Reply

    How can i became de Dulce de leche in Buttercream?…I Love Dulce de leche!!

  • Marissa
    Reply

    where are the cupcake wrappers from?

  • Lisa Clotaire
    Reply

    I dont have a typical dutch oven. Can I put this in my stainless steel cuisinart 5qt. pot..it does also have a cover. Thanks for your recipe and help!!

    • Susan
      Reply

      Sorry for the late reply, but the answer is YES! I hope you made it and it was successful!

  • Allison Dabler
    Reply

    Help, last minute project for school. I’m confused because the dulce pic at the top is not the frosting on the cupcakes in the pic at the bottom.

    • Susan
      Reply

      Hi Allison – if you click on “dulce de leche buttercream” in the first paragraph, you will be directed to the buttercream recipe. I hope this helps and please feel free to reach out again, if you should have more q’s! Good luck with the project!

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