Recipe For Dulce De Leche

I have an acute sense of smell and so I don’t like it when my shower gel smells like soap, or my candles smell of wax. I know this sounds strange but it is the way it is. I rely on my sense of smell to tell me when the fructose is at the right stage when making caramels as well as for when dinner is done. I can smell a fire long before I see the smoke and yet, I cannot smell something burning in my own home. I am not sure why this is. I also rely on my smell to tell me when something is too sweet, like cooked pineapple. Having seen plenty of recipes that use Dulce De Leche – either store bought or made from condensed milk I was really happy to see this recipe in my Taste Magazine. It is so easy to make and the smell emanating from my kitchen was fantastic, and not too sweet. The taste is even better and this is one ingredient you will make over and over again, just to eat on its own. I used my dulce de leche to make a tart and used the leftovers in some cinnamon ice cream to add another dimension to the flavour profile.

Have you ever made your own dulce de leche, and do you like the smell of sweet ingredients?

Dulce De Leche
Dulce De Leche

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Dulce De Leche
 
You will never need to buy store bought Dulce De Leche again after making this simple recipe
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Result: 375mls
Ingredients
  • 500mls milk
  • 150g caster sugar - I used fructose
  • 1.25mls salt
  • 1.25mls bicarbonate of soda
  • 2.5mls vanilla extract
Method
  1. Place all of the ingredients into a medium size saucepan and do not stir
  2. Place onto a medium heat and leave until the milk begins to bubble
  3. Remove from the heat and change the heat to the lowest setting
  4. Stir well with a wooden spoon, skim off the foam and place back on the heat
  5. You will need to give this a good stir every 15 minutes for 3 hours, skimming each time you stir
  6. When the dulce de leche is thick enough to stick to the back of a wooden spoon remove from the heat
  7. Set aside to cool completely before placing into a sterilized glass jar
  8. Store in the fridge and use as needed

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36 thoughts on “Recipe For Dulce De Leche

  1. I am exactly the same with my sniffer. I rely on it to create most of my cooking masterpieces, I do enjoy the savory smells like garlic sauteing more than I do sweets. Never made dulce de leche, but reckon I will add to the January cook off list. Looks yarm! 🙂

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    1. I also love the smell of garlic cooking! Hope you enjoy making this Anna 🙂

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  2. Love that you have such an incredible nose. I also love the look of your recipe. I have never made this.

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    1. We just ate the last of it a few nights ago so I have to make some more 🙂

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  3. OMG, Tandy! These don’t only smell good but also look great! I’m so tempted to take a big bite 🙂

    Julie & Alesah
    Gourmet Getaways xx
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    1. It is such a pity we don’t have virtual screens 🙂

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  4. My PC definitely has smell-o-vision… well I wish it did lol. And I wish I could smell this dessert. This looks divine Tandy.

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    1. I often with the same Kay! Thanks for the compliment 🙂

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  5. I also have a keen sense of smell and strong, unpleasant smells really bother me. I also don’t wear perfume because I find it overwhelming! I have made my own DDL-it is SO good!
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    1. I don’t mind subtle perfume, but some people wear perfume that is so obvious that it bothers my senses a lot 🙂

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  6. Love that this is an actual recipe for this delicious stuff…I can appreciate how it begins to form and the end result more with this one =)

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    1. It is so easy to make as well Angela 🙂

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  7. I have a very sensitive nose for some things and not at all for others. 🙂 What funny creatures we are. 🙂 This dulce de leche sounds marvelously decadent and not too sweet – just the way I like it. 🙂
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    1. Hope you try and make it Krista 🙂

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  8. Like you, I have an acute sense of smell… it can be annoying at times and yet good at others. Love your recipe… very indulgent!
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    1. It is indulgent, but so worth every bite 🙂

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  9. Looks and sounds delicious, Tandy. 🙂

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    1. Thanks Sylvia 🙂

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  10. No, don’t tempt me Tandy – it won’t last long in my fridge!
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    1. That is the whole point Rachel 😉

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  11. If there is one thing makes me so happy, it is dulce de leche. Addictive and delicious and so spoonable 😀
    Yours looks awesome!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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    1. Very spoonable indeed!

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  12. Whoa, this looks awesome and the ingredients are so simple!

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    1. It is simple and awesome and so worth making 🙂

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  13. I think it is great that you have such a keen sense of smell…my isn’t very good at all. Your tart had to be delicious as well as your ice cream, I’m sure.

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    1. It was all very good, thanks Karen 🙂

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  14. I love the smell of sweet ingredients. And I always feel as though I get “free” calories by smell, not taste. Lovely dessert. Just lovely. Who would go store bought?
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    1. Love that you get free calories that way Laura 🙂

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  15. Have only ever seen recipes for dulce de leche which involved boiling tins of condensed milk – which scares me a bit, so I love this method!

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    1. I am far too scared to boil a tin of anything as well Tanya 🙂

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  16. Thank you for sharing this recipe! I have printed it and it will be going in my recipe book for use after our move is complete. xx

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    1. Enjoy making it and hope the move goes smoothly 🙂

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  17. Love simple recipes like this Tandy.
    Have an awesome day.
    🙂 Mandy xo

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    1. Thanks Mandy, hope your day was great as well xox

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  18. These look fabulous! My sense of smell can be selective at times. I do love the smell of sweet things. 🙂

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    1. I like that you have selective smell 🙂

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