I've never made dulce de leche, but I like it in certain desserts, and since it's that time of the season for all things sweet, I thought.... what the heck! So, I googled it and came across this recipe.
It's really quite simple to make, but you do need about half an hour to forty-five minutes of uninterrupted time to stir the sauce.
- 1 (14 ounce) can of condensed milk
- 1 (12 ounce) can of evaporated milk (I used regular milk)
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- Generous pinch of salt (optional)
- Cinnamon sticks (optional)
- 1 tablespoon corn syrup
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
Place the evaporated milk and the condensed milk in your heaviest pot. Add the cinnamon sticks, baking soda and a pinch of salt. Cook over medium low heat, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon or heat-proof spatula so that the mixture does not stick to the bottom of the pan and burn.
Adjust the temperature so that the mixture stays just barely at a simmer.
The mixture will begin to thicken and darken in color. The foamy bubbles on the surface will disappear. Keep stirring! Continue to stir until the mixture is making large bubbles, is very thick, and is a golden caramel color. It's very important to stir constantly at this point to prevent burning.
You can also check for doneness by dragging the spoon along the bottom of the pot. You should be able to see the bottom of the pot for a few seconds before the mixture closes in on itself and covers the bottom again.
Remove cinnamon sticks. Remove from heat. Stir in the vanilla and the corn syrup. Let cool completely.