Here's a great recipe to making your own homemade Dulce De Leche. There are lots of different methods, and for me, this one I find works great, giving the right consistency, flavor, and color! This dulce de leche recipe is super easy, using a can of sweetened condensed milk and no other ingredients to give you sweet, sticky caramel.

How To Make Dulce De Leche. An easy recipe to making your own Dulce De Leche. Super easy, using a can of sweetened condensed milk & no other ingredients to give you sweet, sticky caramel.

Sticky, sweet, gooey, caramel like sauce! That's Dulce De Leche!
Now you can make your own, using just a can of sweetened condensed milk and no other ingredients.

We have a lot of recipes using dulce de leche as an ingredient, so if you're looking for a variety of recipes, browse all our dulce de leche recipes and I'm sure you'll find what you are looking for!

For example, we have a lovely recipe using dulce de leche and apple in puff pastry, an apple bread loaf with dulce de leche, and a banana loaf with dulce de leche to name just a few.

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You just need a little time and care, so this isn't a recipe for making dulce de leche fast, as it takes between 2 - 3 hours, but the recipe is very easy and you only need a pan and a can of condensed milk.

You will have a deliciously sweet, sticky sauce that will keep in an air-tight container for up to two months.


It is made from condensed milk and all you need to do is follow the simple steps below.

What You Will Need

A saucepan large enough to hold your can.
1 can of sweetened condensed milk.

Instructions

1. Remove the label from the can of condensed milk.

2. Using a can opener, pierce two holes in the can, making sure the holes are on the top of the can at opposite sides. THIS IS IMPORTANT YOU MAKE HOLES to stop the can from exploding.

3. Place the can in a small pot and fill it with enough water to come up to one inch (2.5cm) from the top of the can.

(Place the can in the pan with the holes facing up above the surface)

dulce de leche, preparing pan with water
place can in the pan with the holes facing up above the surface

4. Have the water gently simmering, check every 20 - 30 minutes to make sure the water doesn't boil dry. Top up to the original water level when necessary.

5. Some of the condensed milk might come out through the holes you made. Don't worry about this.

6. For a  Soft Dulce de leche simmer for 2 hours.
A Firm Dulce de leche will take up to 3 hours.

When the time is up, carefully remove the can with some oven gloves. It will be VERY hot.

How To Make Dulce De Leche. An easy recipe to making your own Dulce De Leche. Super easy, using a can of sweetened condensed milk & no other ingredients to give you sweet, sticky caramel.

Leave for 30 minutes to cool a little then open the can as you would normally.
Scoop out the dulce de leche into a bowl and give it a good stir. .....and hey presto!

Here's a great guide to making your own Dulce De Leche. There are lots of different methods, and for me, this one I find works great, giving the right consistency, flavor and color!

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Here's a great guide to making your own Dulce De Leche. There are lots of different methods, and for me, this one I find works great, giving the right consistency, flavor and color!

How To Make Dulce De Leche (caramel)

Cook Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours

How To Make Dulce De Leche.
An easy recipe to making your own Dulce De Leche. Super easy, using a can of sweetened condensed milk & no other ingredients to give you sweet, sticky caramel.

Ingredients

  • 1 can of sweetened condensed milk.

Instructions

  1. Remove the label from the can of condensed milk.
  2. Using a can opener, pierce two holes in the can, making sure the holes are on the top of the can at opposite sides. THIS IS IMPORTANT YOU MAKE HOLES to stop the can from exploding.
  3. Place the can in a small pot and fill it with enough water to come up to one inch (2.5cm) from the top of the can. (Place can in the pan with the holes facing up above the surface)
  4. Have the water gently simmering, check every 20 - 30 minutes to make sure the water doesn't boil dry. Top up to the original water level when necessary.
  5. Some of the condensed milk might come out through the holes you made. Don't worry about this.
  6. For a soft Dulce de leche simmer for 2 hours.
  7. A firm Dulce de leche will take up to 3 hours.
  8. When the time is up, carefully remove the can with some oven gloves. It will be VERY hot.
  9. Leave for 30 minutes to cool a little then open the can as you would normally.
  10. Scoop ot the dulce de leche into a bowl and give it a good stir.... and hey presto!
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1 can
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 123Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 13mgSodium: 49mgCarbohydrates: 21gFiber: 0gSugar: 21gProtein: 3g

Nutrition information isn’t always accurate

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  1. this is much easier done in a crockpot! remove label, set in crockpot, cover with water at least 2 inches above can, put lid on, set on low for 8 hours or high for 4 hours for thick, rich caramel…no need to pierce the can, and no need to keep checking the water level!

    1. I don’t have a crock pot Lisa :( and I find this recipe is good for me as it only takes a couple of hours, but I do know some like to use the crock pot, thanks for your suggestions!