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Friday, February 15, 2013

Dulce de Leche

Dulce de Leche,  literally translated, it means "candy of milk" or "candy [made] of milk”. 

There’s no explanation as to why I made this other than I wanted to. Fortunately I, in my limited abilities, have the ability to stir a pot and I happened to have the ingredients on hand. 

The Cast of Characters: Milk (from powdered skim), Sugar, Vanilla and not pictured Baking Soda.
This recipe is from Alton Brown and can be found at The Food NetworkAs long as you have the necessary indigents and some time on your hands this recipe is dead simple.

Start by combining 4 cups of Milk with 1½ cups of Sugar and ½ teaspoon of Vanilla in a fairly large pot. I chose to use my large 8 Qt dutch oven and I’m so glad I did!

Over medium heat bring the mixture to a simmer, stirring frequently, until the sugar is fully dissolved. At this point add your ½ teaspoon of baking soda and be prepared to stir quickly. 

The mixture starts to foam instantly and it’s very important that that the baking soda is fully incorporated. Once you have incorporated the baking soda skim off the foam and reduce the heat to low keeping the mixture at a bare simmer.  At this point you leave the mixture alone, for the most part, for about 2 ½ hours or until it reaches a dark golden brown colour.

I found it helpful to have a book and a nice counter to sit on. 

You will however have to skim the mixture occasionally during the cooking time and you should stir it once in a while being careful not the stir the foam into the mixture.

After 2 ½ hours your should have Dulce de Leche! I poured mine into a mason jar and it is now in the fridge awaiting the completion of our latest batch of yogurt.


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