Caramelized Milk (Cajeta or Dulce de Leche)

READY IN: 28mins
Recipe by Maty Piero

In Mexico we call this "cajeta" and it comes in jars in the supermarket, in other Latin American countries it's called "dulce de leche" and it's great on pancakes or toast. Some Mexican dessert recipes call for it, so here is how it's made.

Top Review by Rhonda003

I have done this process similar to Michelle's, except that I didn't open the can and just simmered it completety covered for about 2 hours. This may or may not be safe, but I've done this many times with no problem. Then I just pour the carmelized milk (which really does taste like carmel!) into a bought graham cracker pie crust and top with whipped cream. Make for a nice, easy dessert.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Empty the sweetened condensed milk into a large microwave safe bowl.
  2. Microwave on medium power for two minutes and stir with a wire whisk.
  3. Microwave on medium power for another two minutes and stir.
  4. Return to the microwave for 16 to 24 minutes on medium-low power or until milk turns thick and caramel color, stirring every few minutes.
  5. Be careful, this will get very hot.
  6. Let cool and serve over pancakes, toast, etc.

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