1 Ingredient Dulce de Leche

Every year around this time, my mami will ask what kind of cake
I fancy for my birthday. She doesn’t really say ‘fancy’, but after being married
to a British man for 17 years, I like to use the word ‘fancy’…but I digress.
My mami has been making cakes for us for as long as I can remember.
You can see some of her cakes here and here
While my siblings and I may differ on what we consider to be our
favourite cakes, there’s a good chance we’ll all have a common ingredient – typically
smothered in between layers – and that is dulce de leche.
Dulce de leche has been a staple in our family and not limited to
dessert.  We have it with pancakes, muffins, on toast, as a dip etc.
So it got me thinking, why not share the great family secret of the easiest
dulce de leche ever?  Well, it’s not really a family secret, but it really is
super easy – perhaps too easy for a blog post, but here it goes.

Easy Dulce de Leche  

1 can of sweetened condensed milk 


- Remove the label from the can of condensed milk. 

- Put the can into a large sauce pan.
- Fill the pan with water until it is ¼ inch or so above the top of the can.
- Put the pan on the stove (uncovered) and bring the water to a boil over medium-high heat.
- Lower the heat to simmer and let the can simmer gently for about 1–2 1/2 hours.
- As the water boils down, add more hot water so that the water level is maintained at ¼-inch above top of the can.
- After 2 1/2 hours, drain water and remove can from pan with tongs or allow to cool to the touch.
- Open can and enjoy! 

The kiddies particularly love dulce de leche with apple slices, yummm.
Have you ever tried this method?  Are you a dulce de leche fan? 

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  1. says

    Oh Lucy!!! You spilled the beans.
    My fave… absolutely FAVE . Smothered between a sponge cake. IN between and on top!! I also grew up with this… simplistic perfection.
    Was asking my Mom about it the other day… wondering if I could do one in the crock pot? What do you think??
    Coming over to your for a bite!
    Happy Birthday !!!
    Big Hugs, Gee

  2. says

    I love dulche de leche but never made it, ever.
    Now I know I have to lol
    Thank you for sharing, simple is great tbh.
    And compliments on your crafts, they are beautiful.

  3. says


    You can do this in the slow cooker. Probably best to do overnight. Pour contents of can into 1/2 pint jar (2 cans should equal 4 jars approx), seal jars finger tip tight, put jars in slowcooker and cover jars by approx 1″ of water. Cook on low approx 9 hours (can lift a jar out to check for colour). Store in fridge.

  4. says

    I had no idea. I have had it but thought it was some sort of caramel sauce. Didn’t realize it was just condensed milk. I’m such a non-cook I kept wondering what the water would do to the milk and all the milk would spill into the pan, duh! until I later read “open the can”, for some dumb reason I didn’t realize the can was not open when you put it in the water. I guess anyone with any cooking knowledge would know not to open the can. LOL

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