Monday, September 19, 2011

dulce de leche desserts

My all time favorite dessert (recipe link below)

Dulce de leche is a rich, creamy, sweet caramelized milk that tastes like caramel! It is often used in Latin culture.  It's very simple to make and has a lot of tempting uses in recipes.


1) Take the paper wrapper off a can of sweetened condensed milk.  Pierce the top near the edges if you want to ensure the can doesn't explode from too much pressure (I don't pierce mine however).

2) Place in a saucepan and cover with water.  Bring water to boil and reduce heat.  Simmer for 3-5 hours.  The longer you heat it, the thicker it will become.  Heat to your desired consistency.

3) Carefully remove with tongs and let cool.  When you open the can, you'll see your magic has transpired!  You will have delicious milk sugar!

4)  Store in airtight jar and it's ready to use for lots n lots of sugary recipes!

You can use your dulce de leche to pour over nighttime scoops of ice cream...

 I made THREE different dulce de leche desserts lately:

(and very favorite!!)
Chocolate cake cups with
Dulce de leche buttercream frosting:

These are my new favorite dessert!  They are everything chocolate is supposed to be, plus, plus!
 Use this amazing cake recipe, and this recipe for the frosting:
  • 1 1/2 cups unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 3 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • Dulce de leche 
Beat butter until fluffy.  Add whipping cream, vanilla, and powdered sugar. Mix in Dulce De Leche until creamed fluffy.  

I baked these cake cups in little Dixie cups and tied on wooden bite size spoons for the perfect tiny treat.  

Salted Dulce de Leche 
Shortbread Cookies:
A mix of sweet and salty with rich caramel smashed in the middle. 

A stack for everyone...

In a tall glass of sweetness...

Classic Tres Leches Cake:

The appropriate compliment to a Mexican feast,  moist milk cake topped with dulce de leche.  
There are many recipes for this classic.  You can use whatever one you prefer and top with your homemade dulce de leche. 

There are so many other ways to use your 
homemade milk candy (dulce de leche). 
A popular use is in banana desserts. 
You can also make milk shakes with it.
Let me know how you serve yours! Have a sweet day. ;)

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Jane said...

Hi Lisa
I did a dulce de leche post a couple of years ago...boiling the can, etc. It's one of our favorite dessert toppings. For some of our Latin-influenced meals, I drizzle it, straight from the can, over individual chocolate cakes and a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Or I make ice cream in our machine and drizzle it into the mixture at the end of the processing time. We love it with a topping of toasted pecans...very praline-like. I also drizzle it onto apple slices...sometimes raw, sometimes baked. (This is one of my mom's was a real treat when she was a girl.)

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Carol Salisbury said...

Wow! It all looks so yummy! Thanks for sharing!

Blondie's Journal said... looks like there are so many things you can make with it. I love your presentation!


The Tuscan Home said...

Beautiful photos...and YUM!!! =)

Cooking for My Kids said...

Everything looks simply beautiful and delicious!

Elena @ La Petite Vie said...

Yum! Everything looks amazing! Thanks for sharing all the great photos and ideas!

gv said...

I'm drooling!!!

b. said...

as you know.. i think the lil cups are adorable! and as you know, i tried it and think its delicious!!!!

PS love the lil dog card in the back ground. ;)


Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Thanks so much for telling me about this yummy stuff:)


Liberty said...

those cake cups are the cutes, yummiest looking treast i've seen in a long time! can't wait to boil my can:) blessings

Kaye said...

This looks both beautiful and delicious! I have now pinned it on Pinterest. =) Thank you so much for sharing!

Lisa Nelsen-Woods said...

Wow, that's IT?! You are officially my new best friend for posting this.

caveman said...

Mmm mmmm mmm. I got hungrier, and hungrier, as I read this post. We wouldn't happen to have a can of that magic milk stuff in the pantry would we?

Holly Lefevre said...

Tres Leches cake...well, I live for that! These dessert look delicious and we are having people over...and ya know what that means...trying them!

Michelle said...

Yummy!! So glad I stopped by from the Sugar Bananas link party!!!!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Lisa, I should not have seen this! Now, I'm starving!!! Gee, thanks! LOL!

Looks divine...



Erin {Lavender and Lemon Drops} said...

Yum these look so tasty!

Jo said...

Just in time for breakfast :) I guess I'll be baking this weekend.


paige said...

Yummy! I would love for you to link up to my new linky party -

Creative Genius @

Sarah @ Sugar Bananas said...

These are beautiful and look delicious. Wow! ...and I love the list of all of the other uses for this treat. Thanks for sharing with Sweets This Week.


sstone said...

I had no idea it was that simple! What an awesome topping to make.:) I'm a new follower from Weekend Wrap up.:)

keri @ shaken together said...

I seem to bump into your delicious recipes at every link party and I was wondering if you would be interested in co-hosting my Holiday Sweet Swap - a link party from 10/1 - 12/31 showcasing any and all seasonal/holiday sweet treats. Check it out here:

Hope to hear from you!

Snap said...

Oh, my goodness! My mouth is watering and I must go have something to eat!!!!!!!

Jenn Erickson said...

Your Dulce de Leche and all the recipes sound incredible! I love the way you baked the cupcakes in the paper cups and tied them off with baker's twine. So beautiful!

I'm sharing a link to your post on my FB page today.


a quiet life said...

it all looks beyond delish!

Kim McCallie said...

It all looks delicious! I love dulce de leche. How rich and creamy! I'd like to invite you to share your recipe on Sweet Indulgences Sunday.

Decor To Adore said...

Oh I just love your yummy dessert! I hope you will add your delicious metamorphosis to my Fall in Love linky party on Wednesday.

Until then, stop by and see the under $20 makeover I gave an ugly brass light fixture.

Happy Monday!

Ivanna said...

Sweet welcome to this link party - ). And happy crafting ).

Jenny said...

I've made this dulce de leche before, but your desserts looks fabulous - and quite tempting!

The Tablescaper said...

These look FABULOUS! So happy to have you be a part of Seasonal Sundays!

- The Tablescaper

Anonymous said...

I never heard of dulce de leche until several years ago when we were in Buenos Aires and a former exchange student introduced me to it. It was immediate love, and now it is everywhere. Thanks for your recipes....I'm sure to try them all.

Anonymous said...

I never heard of dulce de leche until several years ago when we were in Buenos Aires and a former exchange student introduced me to it. It was immediate love, and now it is everywhere. Thanks for your recipes....I'm sure to try them all.