Traditional Dulce de Leche

Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 180 mins
Traditional Dulce de Leche
Dulce de Leche is a traditional South American caramel sauce that is scrumptious.

3 litres milk
750 g caster sugar
1 vanilla bean, split and seeds scraped
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda (baking soda)

In a 5 litre cast-iron casserole or saucepan, bring the milk to a boil with the sugar and scraped vanilla bean and seeds, stirring to dissolve the sugar.

Add the bicarbonate of soda and reduce heat to low. Continue cooking for 2.5 –3 hours, stirring with a wooden spoon from time to time. It will darken and thicken.

Use the cold plate test to check whether the dulce de leche is ready, put a spoonful on a cold plate and tilt it.

If the mixture holds its shape, remove it from the heat; if it runs a little, cook until it reaches this stage.

Store in an airtight jar in the refrigerator for up to 10 days.

Recipe and image from Argentinian Street Food, Enrique Zanoni & Gaston Stivelmaher, Murdoch Books.

makes 1.5kg

Preparation Time
5 minutes

Cooking Time
180 minutes

Main ingredients
Dairy, Sugar

Recipe Type
Dessert, Entertaining, Family Dinners

Level of Difficulty

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