July 21, 2017

Homemade Dulce de Leche (Cooked Condensed Milk)

Homemade Dulce de Leche (Cooked Condensed Milk) is super creamy, thick and pudding-like. It’s delicious straight out of the can, with ice cream or any dessert.

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Making dulce de leche (shuschonka) had always been almost like a tradition among Ukrainian families. We use it as a filling for many cookies and cakes. Using my method of home cooked dulce de leche, you get the best results with a minimal amount of time and attention.

I have to admit, I didn’t know until few months ago that cooked condensed milk is the same as dulce de leche you see in stores (how embarrassing, right?) Living in USA for almost 2 decades and not knowing that lol …I always thought that stores’ dulce de leche is some special caramel pudding. I guess because we always made it at home, I never needed to pay attention to the store ones.

Dulce de Leche Ingredients:

How to Make Homemade Dulce de Leche Ingredients:

1. Place 3 cans of sweetened condensed milk into a big pot right-side up OR you can place the cans on the sides if you don’t want to hear the bouncing of cans when they cook (You don’t need to remove the labels). Cover cans with room temp water, minimum 1” water above the cans. Bring the water to hard simmer, but not boiling over medium-high heat. Lower heat to lowest, but so that you still see little bubbling. Keep them cooking for 3 – 3 1/2 hours (I always do 3 1/2 hours that way it’s thick, dark in color and works excellent for any dessert).

When the time is up, carefully remove cans from the hot water using a pair of tongs and allow them to cool to room temp – giving time to cool will let dulce de leche firm up. (I usually just let the cans sit in the hot water until the water cools and then take out). Refrigerate once cooled and not using right away.

NOTE: It’s very important that the cans are completely submerged in water: pay attention to the water level, as water might evaporate too much leaving cans not fully submerged. They can overheat, tear or even explode. (I never had that happen, but I did hear stories…ladies talking about how cans exploded giving them dulce de leche ceilings :D) Also, do not try to open the cans while still hot as the hot dulce de leche may spit out because of the pressure inside.

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Homemade Dulce de Leche (Cooked Condensed Milk)

5 from 1 vote
Cook Time: 3 hours 30 minutes
Total Time: 3 hours 30 minutes
Dulce de Leche (Cooked Condensed Milk): super creamy, thick and pudding-like. Delicious straight out of the can, with ice cream or dessert.

Ingredients

  • 3 cans of sweetened condensed milk
  • water

Instructions

  1. Place 3 cans of sweetened condensed milk into a big pot right-side up OR you can place the cans on the sides if you don’t want to hear the bouncing of cans when they cook (You don’t need to remove the labels). Cover cans with room temp water, minimum 1” water above the cans. Bring the water to hard simmer, but not boiling over medium-high heat. Lower heat to lowest, but so that you still see little bubbling. Keep them cooking for 3 - 3 1/2 hours (I always do 3 1/2 hours that way it’s thick, dark in color and works excellent for any dessert). When the time is up, carefully remove cans from the hot water using a pair of tongs and allow them to cool to room temp – giving time to cool will let dulce de leche firm up. (I usually just let the cans sit in the hot water until the water cools and then take out). Refrigerate once cooled and not using right away. Enjoy!!

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  • Hayden

    So easy! I will never buy from store again. This tastes so much better than store-bought. They add something else there and the flavor is slightly ‘interesting’. But your easy recipe saves me money too because I buy sweetened condensed milk all the time, so all I have to do is place in a pot and cook. Love it!

    • Olga in the Kitchen

      Thanks Hayden 🙂 I actually bought dulce de leche from store just to try it and I totally agree. It does have something in it because the flavor is different than homemade 🙂

    • Mia

      How long do the cans last without opening? Do we have to keep them in the refrigerator or can we store them in a dry place?

      • Olga in the Kitchen

        Hi Mia, you can store them in dry place as well BUT from experience, cans that I had at room temp started getting sugary at 2 weeks but the ones in fridge didn’t have sugary spots after 1 month. It might go longer than 1 month (who knows) but 1 month (cooked, unopened cans) were still like fresh. Hope this helps 🙂

    • Olga in the Kitchen

      The exact one that I have for the oven, I wasn’t able to find it on Ebay anymore. BUT, I also do own electric one that I love from this lady at http://www.oreshnitsa.com/ . I spoke to her last week and she mentioned that they will be selling these on Amazon as well. She’s local, so I paid at their website and met her to pick it up.

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