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December 4th, 2015

Dulce de Leche.

What if I told you that the easiest, made-with-love Christmas present is in the baking aisle at Woolworths and costs $3.80.

I fell in love with the caramel wizardry of Dulce De Leche on a trip to Argentina a couple of years ago.

Translated it means ‘Sweet of Milk’ but essentially it’s caramel sauce on crack.

Thick, gooey and perfect on ice cream, waffles, pancakes, as biscuit filling or my personal favourite – straight from the spoon.

Making it could not be easier. There is zero cooking involved. It’s just three hours to heaven.

Add a pretty ribbon and brown paper shopping tag then put them under the tree as gifts.

Once open, it will last about ten days refrigerated.

But it never lasts that long.

(Easy) Dulce de Leche.



1 x 475gram can of condensed milk


1. Place the can on its side in a large, heavy bottomed pot filled with tepid water.  Make sure the water level is at least five centimetres above the can.

2. Bring to simmer over high heat then reduce the heat. For or a lighter caramel allow to simmer for two hours (this is my preference) and three hours for a darker caramel. Check the pot regularly to ensure the water level stays above the can, adding boiling water as necessary to top it up.

3. When simmered to taste, use a pair of tongs to remove the can from the water and set on a heat proof surface to cool down to room temperature. The label should have peeled away during the cook and left you with a nice clean can.

Do NOT open the can while it’s still hot. The contents is extremely hot and pressurised which means it could spray dangerously and cause burns. Wait until completely cold.



Unopened cans can be stored in the cupboard (room temperature) for up to three months. Once opened transfer to an airtight container – I like an old jam jar – and refrigerated for up to three weeks.

But it won’t last that long.



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  • Janet

    Yum. Yes very important not to get distracted by the neighbour and pop over the fence for a cup of tea….and forget that you have it on the stove as someone I knew once did. Makes a mess of the rangehood when it explodes!

  • Suzie

    Oh yum, must try!’

  • Helen

    My friend used to make an amazing caramel tart in this way – he would boil the condensed milk then while it was still warm, pour it into a tart base and decorate. It was delicious!

  • Guest

    Get some brandy snap biscuits from the Cookie Man, soften them in the oven for 10 minutes in a cupcake tray, and form little tarts cases when they are softened. Allow to cool and harden. Add the caramel and some fresh cream. YUM!!

  • Chelsea Morning

    Yum – luff dulce-de-leche with chocolate fondant – to die!

  • Sue

    Is it safe to boil the can now like they used to with the wonderful caramel tart. Does have on the Nestle tin not to boil it. The condensed milk is very watery now not nice and thick like it used to be either.

  • Julia

    You can buy the condensed milk caramel in a can which is ready to go! Saves you from boiling it yourself (which could be dangerous). You can usually find it with the longlife milk/plain condensed milk in the supermarket.

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