Dulce de Leche is amazing! What is it? Well it's basically milk caramel. When I was growing up my mother would make sa polish pastry that involved boiling milk and sugar for hours upon hours. Well, more like simmering, and it required a watchful eye the whole time. Sometime after college I came across a how-to for dulce de leche on instructables.com. I started to make it and much to my surprise my mother was impressed with how much simpler the canned sweetened condensed milk method is. So, without further ado, here is a quick and simple way to make dulce de leche.
1 can sweet condensed milk
1) Submerge the can completelys in water in the pot, and then some. Bring to boil, and boil for 1-3 hours. It is very important to keep the can submerged the entire time, this is said to prevent explosions.
2)let can(s) cool completely. Not sure why this is, aside from burning yourself, but today I started experimenting with giving the cans cold water baths to expedite the process.
3)Open cans, enjoy
While researching today, I noticed other methods that involved adding two holes to the top of the can with a hammer and nail. With this method, you can have the water level at about half the can height and not worry about it exploding. Furthermore, you can check the consistency/color of your dulce as you go. Overall, this may be the safest method, because you are boiling sealed containers. I have never seen one explode, and hope to never, so I may try this method next.
What to do with dulce de leche
Anything! If you need something sweetened, dulce is your sweetener. Ice cream, coffee, pastries, pies, or just eat it by the spoonful be careful though, it is addictive.
There are two pictures below I would like to note. They are pictures of two cans side by side. The first such picture(left to right of the four) is an example of a one hour boil vs a two hour boil. there is a color difference and taste difference. The less you boil it the more milky it tastes, the more you boil, the more caramel it taste. The second such picture shows 2hrs vs 3 hrs, similar concept. Try not to boil longer than thre hours, that is when9for me at least) it usually starts clumping up and somewhat burning at the bottom.
Enjoy your Dulce de Leche!