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How to make dulce de leche

Today I am going to show you how you can make a delicious ingredient that is used a lot in the Spanish and South American kitchen a lot. It is really easy to make. It is sweet and yummy and soft and so tasty. If you are lactose intolerant or vegan there is a great option to use instead of cow milk. So are you ready to learn how to make dulce de leche? Lets get started!

How to make dulce de leche

One of my fondest memories is going to the ice cream parlor with my parents and sister and we would get an that ice cream pie with like a million ice cream flavors, whipped cream, crunchy sweet hazelnuts, caramel sauce. That crunchy texture combined with that sweet sticky taste of caramel it was so good. I would have eaten the whole pie if my parents had let me.

Funny thing is that I do not drink coffee for more than 20 years now but give me a mocha cake with caramel sauce and it will be gone in like 5 seconds.

How to make dulce de leche

We were in Spain a little while back and I saw a lot of people taking condensed milk in their coffee. As I was preparing for another recipe I thought why not include some dulche de leche and add it to my recipe? So I did and it turned out great.

There are a number ways of methods how you can make dulce the leche. I use boil the can method. Advantage of this method is you can make more than one can and you can leave cans closed until you need it.

How to make dulce de leche

All you need is a can of condensed milk. If you are vegan or lactose intolerant you can use condensed coconut milk and follow the same procedure.

Remove the label from the can before you start. Take a tall (pasta) pan and fill it up with water to make sure the can is completely covered with water. Bring the water to the boil and lower de heat. If your can is dancing in the pan the heat is too high and you should lower the heat until you only see a bubble every now and again. Heat for about 2 hours if you like your sauce a little fluid and about 2.5 hours is you like it more solid. Make sure the can is covered the whole time if not add some water.

How to make dulce de leche

I have seen recipes where you should drill holes in the can to prevent explosions of the can but I have never experienced anything like that and I do not drill holes in the can.

Once opened use it on:

How to store

You can prepare a couple of cans at the same time. This will store easily as you can preserve the dulce the leche for quite a number of months. It also preserves energy if you make more than one at a time and that way you never run out.


If your dulce de leche is too solid you take a spoon full of caramel and add some milk. Regular milk if you are non vegan or not lactose intolerant else take coconut milk (not coconut creme).

Whisk the milk through the dulce de leche. If you use some water that should work as well and make your sauce a little more liquid.

I hope you enjoyed this recipe of how to make dulce de leche. Made a recipe tag me on @tortillachannel on Instagram.

How to make dulce de leche

Serves: 4 Prep Time: 5 minutes Cooking Time: 150 minutes
How to make dulce de leche

Its sweet, yummy, soft and tasty. If you are lactose intolerant or vegan there is a great option to use instead of cow milk. How to make dulce de leche!


  • 1 or more cans of condensed milk



Bring a tall (pasta) pan with water to the boil


Lower the can(s) of condensed milk in the pan.


Reduce the heat. Make sure the water is simmering and an occasional bubble of water is visible


Simmer for 2 hours if you like a fluid caramel dulce de leche and for 2.5 if you like it more solid


Take out of the pan and let the can(s) cool


Open and use

Nutrition facts

Calories: 246; Fat: 6.7g; Carbs: 41.6g; Protein: 6.1g;

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    September 27, 2017 at 4:58 pm

    Dulce de leche. Super easy to make and so delicious. What tell me what you would make with dulce de leche?

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