Weekend Kitchen: Dulce de Leche at home


By Julia Westhoff

Dulce de Leche – three of my favorite words in the Spanish language (including, of course, siesta, margarita, and playa). This milky caramel is delicious swirled in brownies, drizzled on ice cream, spread between cookies or (if you have any sense whatsoever) eaten straight from the jar. But it’s hard to find in stores in the US, where it can go for upwards of $5 for a tiny jar.

Luckily, real Dulce de Leche can be found for about $1.50 at any grocery store, it’s just disguised as sweetened condensed milk that hasn’t been boiled. Say what?

I had heard for years about this super easy kitchen hack, and we finally tried it over the weekend. I am happy to say it was extremely successful. Here’s what you do:

  • Step 1: Buy a can of sweetened condensed milk (preferably not a brand with a tab opening). Peel off the label.
  • Step 2: Place can in a pot and fill with water, enough to cover the can by 1-2 inches.
  • Step 3: Simmer for 2-3 hours, depending on how dark you like your caramel. Carefully use tongs to turn the can over about halfway through.
  • Step 4: Let can cool completely before opening.

Pretty dulce, huh?