Dulce de Leche

Posted by JMom | Thursday, October 02, 2008 | , | 0 comments »

Dulce de LecheI first learned about Dulce de Leche from an Argentinian friend in high school. One time when I visited his house, he showed me how to make Dulce de Leche and I was amazed at how easy it was! (although his method is a bit scary)

First I'll tell you about the usual way it's made. Take a can of sweetened condensed milk, peel the label off without opening the can. Place the can of condensed milk and put in in a pot that is taller than the can. Cover the can with water, put a lid on the pot and let the water come to a boil. Lower the flame a little so that the water stays at a medium boil. Let it cook for 1.5-2 hours. If the water starts to evaporate, just add more hot water to keep the can covered.

Now here's my friends 20 minutes method, but I must warn you, do this at your own risk. He uses a pressure cooker! Yep, do the same as above, except put the can of condensed milk in a pressure cooker and cover it with water. Make sure you seal your cooker properly. Let the water come to a boil and when the pressure cooker starts to hiss, set your timer to 20 minutes. When the 20 minutes is up, DON'T OPEN YOUR PRESSURE COOKER. Let it cool on the stove until the little pressure thingy goes down. My friend admits he's opened his pressure cooker too soon before, and he ended up with dulce de leche all over his kitchen walls.

Make sure that whichever method you use, wait until the can of condensed milk has cooled before opening the can. What you'll find when you eventually get to open your can is some gooey and yummy and caramelly dulce de leche. So worth the risk and effort!

Of course, if you're not too comfortable with the risk, you can always buy them already pre-packaged from the store. :D

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