How to Make Dulce de Leche

How to Make Dulce de Leche

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"This is basically sweet, caramelized milk. It's so easy and so delicious. I like it better than caramel sauce on anything you'd use caramel sauce, such as on ice cream, toast, cookies, cakes, brownies, or to pour on people."
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3 h 5 m servings 157 cals
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  • Calories:
  • 157 kcal
  • 8%
  • Fat:
  • 4.3 g
  • 7%
  • Carbs:
  • 26.7g
  • 9%
  • Protein:
  • 3.9 g
  • 8%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 17 mg
  • 6%
  • Sodium:
  • 65 mg
  • 3%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  • ** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
  • (-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.


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  1. Wash the nail and pound it into the top of can of sweetened condensed milk to make 2 small holes on opposite sides of the top. Remove nail.
  2. Place the can of condensed milk into a small saucepan and pour in water to reach high up the side of the can. Bring water to a boil; reduce heat to low. Simmer milk in the can for 3 to 4 hours. Milk will slowly turn light to medium brown and become thicker as it cooks. Add more water as it boils down.
  3. Remove lid from can and pour dulce de leche into a bowl. Whisk to break up any lumps and mix thicker caramel from the bottom into the rest of the syrup.


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I made this a couple of time according to the directions, then found that you can buy dulce de leche in the store. I also found it was very time consuming to make it on the stove. I used the sam...

This is excellent! It's helpful to have a large pan of simmering water on the stove to maintain the water level in the small pan without changing the water temperature. I simmered mine exactly f...

Great recipe to know thank you for posting!! I've done this once already and nobody could believe how simple and delicious it is. Could save you that extra trip to the store!!!

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