Saturday, March 3, 2012

Yummy Things from a Can Part 1: Dulce de Leche

"Literally translated, dulce de leche means sweet of milk."* It is popular in Latin America as a sweet desert made from slowly simmering sweetened milk resulting in a golden milky caramel which can be used for topping ice cream, cake, cheesecake, etc!  Yumm!
The following is the easy way of making it rather than slaving over a hot stove trying not to burn the milk.....we all now how that turns out.  You have to try this, you will be amazed at how delicious it really is!!

STEP 1: Peel the label off your can of sweetened condensed milk. You don't want to be cleaning up paper bits in the pot.

STEP 2: Place the can in a pot under at least 1" of water.  You do not want the water level to drop below this as your can will explode leaving you and/or your kitchen covered in hot caramel lava.  I had the stove set on 4, just a low simmer.

STEP 3: Simmer between 2 and 3 hours.  2 hours for a more runny milky sauce, 3 hours for a thick golden caramel sauce which is what I did.

STEP 4:  Be careful when opening the can, it is very hot!! It may be wise to wait a few minutes, I was not so smart :(

STEP 5: Use to top your favourite desert and enjoy!