Homemade Dulce de Leche Recipe

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Homemade Dulce de Leche – it’s comforting to know you can indulgence in this sweetness anytime of the year. Easy to prepare, versatile enough to use on almost any dish, and best of all, wonderful when eaten on its own, homemade dulce de leche is a naughty and nice indulgence.

Homemade dulce de leche
Homemade Dulce de Leche

Here’s how to make it.

Homemade Dulce de Leche Recipe

First, you need one can of sweetened condensed milk, with the label taken off. No other ingredient is needed.

Other things you need: water, a pot large enough that when you fill it with water the can would be submerged, and your gas/electric stove. And also, patience.

Homemade dulce de leche
Good things come to those who wait.

Here’s what you do:

  • Place the can of condensed milk at the bottom of the pot.
  • Pour water into the pot so it covers the can. See that you get about 2 inches of water above the can.
  • Bring water to a boil, then let simmer and cook covered for 2 to 3 hours. (We find that 2 hours is enough, but this would depend on how hot your stove is.)
  • Make sure the pot is ALWAYS filled with water. Don’t let it run dry, otherwise the can will overheat and explode.
  • When done, cool, open the can and enjoy.

Tips on preparing and keeping this decadent delight:

  • You can also boil an unopened can in a pressure cooker for 30 to 45 minutes.
  • If you’re doing this on a stove, be extra careful. Don’t let the pot boil dry, otherwise the can will overheat and explode. I’ve said this earlier but can’t stress this enough.
  • Keep this refrigerated when not in use.

It’s so delicious. I have it as a treat after dinner. Two teaspoons and that’s it. I’ve met my naughty dessert indulgence quota. On some days though, the homemade dulce de leche sings to us and we find ourselves scooping teaspoonfuls of this decadent sauce on banana slices, ice cream or on a piece of toasted bread.

Homemade dulce de leche
How would you enjoy dulce de leche?

Other ways you can enjoy this treat: Sandwiched in between two layers of cake. A spread for your mamon. Topping on pancakes. Dip for bread sticks.

Feel free to pass along the recipe! Here’s an image made for easy sharing:

Homemade dulce de leche recipe
Homemade Dulce de Leche Recipe

Enjoy! If you do prepare it, share how you enjoyed this lush and indulgent confection. Share pictures!

18 Comments on Homemade Dulce de Leche Recipe

  1. haze
    September 30, 2013 at 4:14 pm (9 years ago)

    my lola and i did this tons of times when i was a kid! but she calls this her instant yema hahaha!
    i guess it’s time to introduce this to the kids! :)

    Reply
    • Toni
      September 30, 2013 at 5:33 pm (9 years ago)

      Instant yema! Agree! :) Timmy doesn’t like it much, which is actually a relief for me. His only weakness when it comes to sweets is chocolate. The less sweets, the less chances of toothache. Heehee.

      Reply
  2. cheekeegirl
    September 30, 2013 at 4:16 pm (9 years ago)

    Oi ang galing! sarap.. madali na lang mka ubos ng gasul ano?

    Reply
    • Toni
      September 30, 2013 at 5:32 pm (9 years ago)

      Yun nga lang! Pero kung once a month mo lang ‘to gagawin, sulit naman 😉

      Reply
  3. Martine | WAHM. Wife. Blogging Belle.
    September 30, 2013 at 9:43 pm (9 years ago)

    Omigosh NOM NOM NOM! I love this stuff! We used to make this when we were kids — brings back so many memories. Except I believe our version used the double boiler method, which was slow. I like the idea of using the pressure cooker! Will definitely try this (while my thighs weep).

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    • Toni
      September 30, 2013 at 11:47 pm (9 years ago)

      You work out naman! 😀 Take pics when you prepare it!!!

      Reply
  4. Patricia
    September 30, 2013 at 10:45 pm (9 years ago)

    I didn’t know it was that easy! My kids will LOVE this! Thanks for sharing, Toni. :)

    Reply
    • Toni
      September 30, 2013 at 11:46 pm (9 years ago)

      Sure thing, Pat! :)

      Reply
  5. Maggie
    September 30, 2013 at 11:14 pm (9 years ago)

    Wow! How cool! I use Dulce De Leche with my chocolate cake pops Toni. Everybody loves it :)

    Reply
    • Toni
      September 30, 2013 at 11:46 pm (9 years ago)

      Oh wow! Double goodness. Double yumminess!

      Reply
  6. Faye
    September 30, 2013 at 11:19 pm (9 years ago)

    ahhhh this is my husband’s fave dessert. we recently introduced it to the little miss and we all agree that spreading it on salty Fita biscuits is the best way to eat it. Hihi. Gotta get me a few cans of condensed milk for this weekend! 😀

    Reply
    • Toni
      September 30, 2013 at 11:46 pm (9 years ago)

      Mmmm! Fita! Must try that. :)

      Reply
  7. ceemee
    October 2, 2013 at 3:59 pm (9 years ago)

    Wow! I want to try this. Hope I could also make leche flan in a can. My hubby likes leche flan, hehe!

    Reply
    • Toni
      October 4, 2013 at 6:38 am (9 years ago)

      Pwede ba yun? I want to try that also!!!

      Reply
      • ceemee
        October 9, 2013 at 2:35 pm (9 years ago)

        Hehe! Sana pwede!

        Reply
  8. iana
    October 19, 2013 at 8:13 pm (9 years ago)

    thanks for sharing this recipe. excited to try this tomorrow :)

    Reply
    • Toni
      October 20, 2013 at 2:35 pm (9 years ago)

      Woohoo! Can you let me know how it goes?

      Reply

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