Monday, September 10, 2007

Milk Caramel - Dulce de Leche

My mom used to make this creamy milk caramel when we were kids. When I was seven and still lived on a farm, I was eating caramel outside our house, in the balcony, with so much gusto and I was stung by a wasp! Time went by, we moved into town and she never made this again, she would tell me it only tasted good with raw milk which we didn't get in town. Some time ago I was telling her how much I missed her milk caramel and we decided to give it a try with pasteurized milk and ta da... there it was right in front of me, my delicious milk caramel!

Dulce de leche is the Spanish word for milk caramel, in Portuguese it is called "Doce de leite."

4 cups (1 liter) milk
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon cornstarch

Pour milk, sugar and cornstarch in a non-stick saucepan and and cook it over low heat, stirring fairly constantly for about 45 minutes or until the milk achieves the consistency you want.

Serve plain or use it as cake filling.

And speaking of sweet things, my dear blogging friend Vi of East Meets West Kitchen honored me with the Rocker Girl award! Thank you Vi!!! I don't feel I deserve it but now it is my turn to pass this badge on to my blogging friends. I would like to nominate all my friends on my side bar, under "Blogging Friends" as I truly think you all deserve it and YOU all ROCK!


Nunnie's Attic said...

Sounds simple enough. Yet it always takes on an air of superiority doesn't it? Maybe it's the name. Sweet milk just doesn't sound as good. Makes me think of the stuff in a can.


Anh said...

Smooth and comforty... Yum!

Abby said...

Thanks! I've never had dulche de leche, but I've seen it turning up EVERYWHERE. Weren't there oreos made with it for awhile?

JANET said...

Ohhh, now that everybody is out of braces, I must try this! Your photo is just superb.
Congratulations on becoming a Rockin' Girl Blogger!

Nunnie's Attic said...

I forgot to thank you for the award. I am so sorry and most appreciative!!


TBC said...

Simply beautiful!
I had no idea dulce de leche was Spanish for milk caramel.This is my hubby's fav ice cream flavor.
I love your pic.

TBC said...

Forgot to add- Congrats on the award! :-)

Mansi Desai said...

wow, simple and yet eclectic! I love milk so definitely would try this one:)

Truffle said...

Oh my! I just want to eat it by the spoonful!

East Meets West Kitchen said...

You definitely deserve that award!
And your Doce de leite looked sooo good! Will use this in my next swiss roll filling! YUM! :)

TBC said...

Thanks Cris! That was very nice of you to share your version with me:-)

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TBC said...

Hi Cris,
This is regarding your comment on my vegetable stew.
Using chickpeas instead of peas in this recipe is not a good idea.
The fresh/frozen green peas add a little bit of sweetness to the dish here. If you want, you could omit the peas completely and not add the chickpeas. Other veggies that would go well in this dish are carrots and french beans. In fact, it would taste great. I did not have those on hand the day I made this. Curry leaves are an important part of Asian and South Indian cooking in particular.These are usually found only in Indian stores:-( and lend such a unique flavor to this dish.
You could try making it without adding the leaves but it would not be the same.

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

Congrats! I would have to agree that you are a Rockin' Girl Blogger, Cris! :)

That Dulce de Leche looks amazing! I love that stuff!

Fénix (Bostonscapes DP) said...

Hello Cris! Yesterday I thought of you when I saw Brazilian dulce de leche at the specialty shop. I just had to buy it! LOL. The brand is Ibituruna, does it ring a bell or is it one of those "for export" brands. Tonight I'm making dulce de leche crêpes. :)

Have a lovely weekend!

Andrea said...

Cris, you know how much I LOVE dulce de leche, so I'll have to give your recipe a go. And THANK YOU for nominating me for a Rockin' Girl Blogger! That is so sweet of you, especially from someone whose blogging I admire!

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