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Ducle de Leche

It's easy to make dulce de leche, and you will find that you can use it in dozens of sweet recipes.

*Makes about 1 3/4 cup | serving size: about 1 tablespoon

Course Dessert, Ingredient
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword dessert sauce
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 hours 55 minutes
Total Time 6 hours
Servings 28
Calories 45 kcal
Author Valentina K. Wein



  1. Remove the paper label and use a bottle opener to puncture the top of the can on two opposite sides. These holes are very important because they will keep the can from exploding during the cooking!

  2. Place a small cloth in the bottom of a sauce pot -- this will keep your can from making a racket! (Your pot should be about the height of the can, or higher.)

  3. Place the can directly on the cloth and then fill the pot with water to about 1/2-inch below the top rim of the can.

  4. Bring the water to a boil and immediately turn the flame to the lowest setting. The idea is to keep the water at a slight simmer. Let it simmer like this for 6 hours. Every 45 minutes or so, refill the water to 1/2-inch below the top rim of the can, as it will continue to evaporate. You will see a little bit of white milk ooze out of the top, and that's OK -- don't mess with it!

  5. Use a thick kitchen towel to remove the can from the water. Open the can with an opener, and pour the milk -- which will now be a rich caramel color -- into a small mixing bowl. Use a heat resistant, rubber spatula to get every bit out of the can (it will be firmer towards the bottom.) Use a metal whisk to blend until it's smooth. This should only take a few seconds.