Homemade Dulce de Leche

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Preparation time
5 mins
Cooking time
80 mins
4 people
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1 tsp
Sea salt
400 can
condensed milk
Homemade Dulce de Leche

Dulce de leche originated from Argentina but is now enjoyed throughout Latin America and beyond. 

Most commonly known as ‘dulce de leche’, it is also goes by the name of ‘manjar’ in Chile, ‘arequipe’ in Colombia, and ‘cajeta’ in Mexico and Guatemala. There are also regional ingredient variations: for example you can make it with goat’s milk or coconut milk. I chose this recipe because I think it’s one of the easiest but go explore with other recipes; I’d love to hear which variation you prefer.

Dulce de leche is most commonly used as a filling for alafores, Argentina’s most loved confection (think two think slices of Scottish shortbread filled with dulce de leche). It can also be eaten spread on fresh or toasted bread for breakfast or as a filling for ‘panqueques’, pancakes. I used dulce de leche as a filling for a chocolate cake and it was delicious! Plus, if you have a sweet tooth like me you might even find yourself eating it straight out the jar – so be warned!

Tip: Homemade dulce de leche would be the perfect homemade Christmas gift: just fill up a small glass jar, add a ribbon and ya está (you’re done). 

Recipe adapted from Tarte Pink.

  1. Start by preheating the oven to 220° C, gas mark 7
  2. Pour the condensed milk into a shallow baking dish, sprinkle in a few flecks of sea salt and give it a stir
  3. Place the dish in a deep baking tray and cover the dish containing the condensed milk with aluminium foil
  4. Next, pour boiling water into the larger pan until the water reaches about halfway up the side of the smaller dish
  5. Carefully place in the preheated oven and bake for around 70-80 minutes until the condensed milk has thickened and turned golden brown in colour. Check about half way through to make sure there’s enough water and add more if needed
  6. Once ready, take out of the oven and let the mixture cool then whisk for a couple of minutes until smooth, it may appear lumpy at first but keep whisking!
  7. To store, spoon into a jar or airtight container and store in the fridge.

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