How to Make Homemade Dulce de Leche

How to Make Homemade Dulce de Leche

Dulce de leche is a traditional dessert from Latin American countries, it is thick and has a texture similar to that of caramel. It is a kind of caramelized milk and it is used to complement other desserts like cakes, pancakes, ice cream, etc. We can find it in any supermarket or make it ourselves. If you want to know how to make homemade dulce de leche and to add a different touch to your desserts, read this OneHowTo article and find out.

Between 45 & 60 minutes low difficulty
Steps to follow:

To start to make homemade dulce de leche pour the milk into a pan and heat over a medium heat until it starts to boil.


When boiling, lower the heat slightly and add the sugar. Take a wooden spoon and be sure to stir to prevent burning or sticking to the base. Mix until the sugar is well dissolved to make your delicious dulce de leche.


When the sugar has dissolved properly, add the baking soda and vanilla essence. Vanilla is to taste but we recommend that you do not pour more than one teaspoon, to prevent the dulce de leche flavour from diminishing.


Keep on stirring the dulce de leche and do not let it boil. Gradually, you will see that the color changes to reach the brown tone that is so characteristic of this dessert. This is a very easy recipe but it can take a while, since the process of integration of the ingredients and formation of the dulce de leche is slow.


Getting the perfect texture and color of caramel can be between 45 minutes and 1 hour. Once done, you can eat it however you like, on toast, crepes, cakes, etc. Make homemade dulce de leche and enjoy a rich dessert! And if you want to adopt a more creamy and solid texture, put it in the refrigerator for a while.


Now you know how to make homemade dulce de leche, you can try other delicious international dessert recipes at OneHowTo:

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  • While you stir without pausing you'll see how liquid your dulce de leche is, if you want to make it thicker, add more milk. On the other hand, if you want it thinner, keep on beating while it's cooling down (remove from the heat in this case).