Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Dulce de Leche

Dulce de leche is the most oft-used term for milk caramel in Spanish. Made as a caramel candy or a thick spread, it is popular in Latin American, Brazil, and Colombia.

However, it is also frequently found in a specific kitchen belonging to the Brooklyn Bitches. We love to use this thick, sweet treat in our brownies and atop our ice cream sundaes. One of the reasons we can afford to use it so frequently is because it’s both simple and incredibly cheap (one ingredient!) to make from scratch. If you’ve got a few extra hours, consider whipping up this gourmet sweet for an added “wow” from your friends.

All you need:
1 can of sweetened condensed milk

  1. With a hammer and a nail, make two small holes on either side of the top of the can.
  2. Place the can in a pot and fill with water till it’s about an inch from the top.
  3. Turn the stove on high and let sit. It will take about 3 ½-4 hours. Be sure to continuously watch the pot and continue to add water as needed.
  4. When you remove the can, let sit and cool.
  5. Open with a can opener and whisk in a bowl to combine.
NOTE: the bottom of the can will be thicker than the top!
6.    Serve warm or incorporate into your baking!


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