Homemade Dulce de Leche

During this quarantine time, many of us have taken to cooking to keep busy. I am not much of a cook, however, I do enjoy baking.  I decided to try and make homemade dulce de leche.  Dulce de leche is one of the most popular desserts originated in Latin America. However, its name varies greatly from country to country. In Argentina, Uruguay, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and Costa Rica it goes by the name of dulce de leche. In Ecuador, Chile, and Panama it is referred to as manjar. Peruvians and Colombians prefer arequipe, while Mexicans and Nicaraguans use the name cajeta. I am Cuban, and ever since I could remember, before dulce de leche became a thing, most Cubans simply called it leche condensada cocinada (cooked condensed milk). Dulce de leche for us was actually another dessert made from curdled milk and sugar (also delicious).

Dulce de leche can be eaten by itself with a spoon straight out of the can (my favorite way), or it can be spread on toast or crackers, as a topping for ice cream, on pancakes or crepes, etc. Many of you have probably seen dulce de leche cookie, cheesecakes and ice cream recipes all over Pinterest.  It’s all very yummy (my entire family loves alfajores!)

Most folks make dulce de leche in the pressure cooker or in a crock pot. However, I have always been scared (actually terrified) of the pressure cooker and after hearing how the cans may explode and such, I finally decided to make it a much simpler way, using a water bath.

Take a look at all of the delicious desserts you make with dulce de leche:

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Directions:

1) Preheat your oven to 425°F.

2) Pour the contents of the sweetened condensed milk can into an 8×8 pie pan and cover the pan tightly with foil.

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3) Fill a larger roasting pan with enough water so that it goes halfway up the sides of the 8×8 pan, which will go inside the larger roasting pan.

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4) Bake for 1.5 – 2.5 hours, or until you reach your desired caramel color. Check to make sure that the water is still halfway up the side of the pie pan, checking every 45 minutes or so to add more boiling water if too much has evaporated. Take the pans out of the oven and uncover the pie pan. Stir the dulce de leche until smooth. It’ll thicken a bit while cooling. Cover and store in the fridge.

It should look like this:

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Have you made dulce de leche?  How do you enjoy eating it?

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Having Your Cake and Eating It Too? 

October 14 celebrates my favorite part of a meal….it is National Dessert Day, and who doesn’t love dessert (well most of us do anyway)?  For just one day, forget about the calories and high fat content, tomorrow you can go back to your healthy ways.  And if you’re one of those people who leaves some food on the plate, because you need to save room for dessert, then today is your holiday!

In honor of this yummy day, here are a few of my favorite recipes from where else…Pinterest (yes I am a Pinterest addict).  I’ve only tried making a few of these, but they all look delicious!

Salted Caramel Dulce de Leche Cheesecake Bars, recipe here.

Salted Caramel Dulce de Leche Cheesecake Bars, recipe here.

Mini Cannoli Cream Cups, recipe here.

Mini Cannoli Cream Cups, recipe here.

Strawberry Ricotta Popsicles

Strawberry Ricotta Popsicle, recipe here.

Key Lime Pie Bars, recipe here.

Key Lime Pie Bars, recipe here.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Shots, recipe here.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Shots, recipe here.

Mason Jar Strawberry Shortcake, recipe here.

Mason Jar Strawberry Shortcake, recipe here.

Alfajores, recipe here.

Frozen Pink Lemonade Pie, recipe here.

Frozen Pink Lemonade Pie, recipe here.

Chocolate Chip Cookies, recipe here.

Chocolate Chip Cookies, recipe here.

Guava and Cheese Flan, recipe here.

Guava and Cheese Flan, recipe here.

No Bake Cookies and Cream Cake, recipe here.

Cookies and Cream Cake, recipe here.

Mini No-Bake Key Lime Cheesecakes, recipe here.

Mini Key Lime Cheesecakes, recipe here.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bars

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bars, recipe here.

And  in case you’re not much of a baker don’t worry, here are some of my favorite store-bought desserts:

Cheesecake Factory "Original" Cheescake

Cheesecake Factory “Original” cheesecake

My favorite ice creams!

My favorite ice creams!

Sara Lee All Butter Pound Cake

Sara Lee All Butter Pound Cake

La Lechera Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk in a squeezable bottle! Great to pour on almost anything!

What are some of your favorite desserts? Will you be having any of them today?