TASTY TUESDAY

Oh my gosh this stuff is so good. You may just get addicted, hehe! Dule de leche (meaning sweet milk) is a popular sweet caramel spread commonly used throughout Latin America. It is used on bread, pastries, cakes and cookies. It is common in Mexico, Peru, Chile, Bolivia, Colombia, and Costa Rica. Dulce de leche is easy to make but takes some time and supervision. So be sure to schedule a 3-4 hour baking window! Luckily, I found a recipe that only took 1 hour and 15 minutes.

RECIPE:

1 can of sweetened condensed milk (14 oz.)
Short bread cookies

Preheat the oven to 425° F (220° C). Pour one can (400 gr/14 ounces) of sweetened condensed milk (not evaporated milk) into a glass pie plate or shallow baking dish. Stir in a few flecks of sea salt. Set the pie plate within a larger pan, such as a roasting pan, and add hot water until it reaches halfway up the side of the pie plate. Cover the pie plate snugly with aluminum foil and bake for 1 to 1¼ hours. Be sure to check a few times during baking and add more water to the roasting pan as necessary. Once the Dulce de Leche is nicely browned and caramelized, remove from the oven and let cool. Once cooled, whisk until smooth. Store in the refrigerator until ready to serve. Warm gently in a warm water bath or microwave oven before using.

Remember, with this recipe there is room for improvising. You can make your own shortbread for the cookie or just purchase some. I used Pepperide Farm cookie collection and they were perfecto!! If you don't have condensed milk you can also make dulce de leche using whole milk, sugar, baking soda, and vanilla extract. Take your pick! It can be made on a stove top (takes much more time) or in the oven, as I did. I accidently stirred it too soon and didn't let it cool long enough so it had more of a chunky appearance, but it still tasted delicious! Guess I was too excited to eat it! I'll do better next time.

Good luck and enjoy! MUY DELICIOSO!
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4 comments on TASTY TUESDAY

  1. amanda is shooting my wedding in a couple weeks :)

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  2. get in my belly :) i looooooooove dulce de leche! i've made alfajores before...baked the cookies but bought the dulce de leche from the latin section in my grocery store. but i'll have to give your homemade kind a try! Oh and pepperidge farm cookies = my favorite!

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  3. Yum! Looks like a good recipe to try sometime! I'm Ashley and I just found out you are doing a writeup for ZoApa next month? My husband is one of the guys doing it and I'm guessing you know the Castleberrys?! Anyways, just saying hi and I'm following your blog now! :)

    Ashley Sloan

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