Caramelized Milk (Cajeta or Dulce de Leche)
- Ready In:
1 cup (aprox.)
- 1 can sweetened condensed milk
- pancakes or toast, for serving
- Empty the sweetened condensed milk into a large microwave safe bowl.
- Microwave on medium power for two minutes and stir with a wire whisk.
- Microwave on medium power for another two minutes and stir.
- 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.
- Be careful, this will get very hot.
- Let cool and serve over pancakes, toast, etc.
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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.
I have not tried to make this but I saw an episode on food tv today. Here's what the surreal gourmet suggests: Use a can opener to poke 2 small holes in the top of can. Fill a small pot with 4 inches of water. Place can in water, then add or remove water so that the top of the can sits 1/4-inch above the waterline. Bring water to a simmer and let simmer for 6 hours. Top off water occasionally so that it remains at the same basic level. Don't worry if a small amount of the can's contents bubble up and cloud the water during the simmering process. Let can cool, then open and skim off top 1/4-inch of condensed milk. What remains below should be a thick creamy, delicious caramel sauce. Serve with fresh fruit such as bananas, berries, star fruit, etc.
When I tried to make this it began well however the smell was awful and the texture strange. When I let it cool it hardened and tasted absolutly disgusting...and I know what actual dulce de ledche tastes like as I am Hispanic and I was extremly dissapointed. I recommend to all people hoping to make dulce de leche to take their time and prepare it the slow,correct way by boiling it.
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I live in Mexico and I love to cook. I like to try out new recipes, and most of the time, improvise my own since a lot of ingredients are not available where I live or are very expensive. Even though I studied business management and worked for a Nissan dealership for 7 years, I am now a stay-at-home mother of a two year old girl. Right now I'm planning on going back to work and I also think that someday I would like to open a bakery shop.