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Homemade Dulce de Leche

For $2 and some free time, you can make your own homemade Dulce de leche caramel sauce at home. It’s easy to make and great on so many treats.

Homemade Dulce le Leche

Last week I was fortunate to experience Food Blog Forum in Ashville, North Carolina. While there, I got to experience some amazing chocolate from a little place called “French Broad Chocolate“. My husband has been on me to make a Chocolate Whiskey Cake, so I figured this was the best time to make this amazing cake!

If you don’t know what Dulce de Leche is, let me bring you up to speed.

According to Wikipedia…

Dulce de leche is a South American confection prepared by slowly heating sweetened milk to create a product that derives its taste from the Maillard reaction of the product, changing flavor and color. Literally translated, it means “candy of milk” or “candy [made] of milk”, “milk candy”, or “milk jam”. 


Think of it as milk caramel. It’s soft and creamy but won’t get really hard like traditional sugar caramel does. Oh, and it tastes amazing!

Making it from sweetened condensed milk is very easy. When I Googled it, it seems like there are six different ways to make it. I went with the oven method.

Basically, empty the can into an oven safe bowl, cover with foil, place it into a larger container with a water-bath and then bake it for 90 minutes. Easy Peasy!

Once it’s turned brown and thickens, give it a good stir and let it cool completely before refrigerating.

It goes great in many baked goods as well as an ice cream topping, coffee sweetener, and for simply spreading over toast for a sweet breakfast treat.

This recipe is part one of a three-part series including Whisky Cake and Triple Chocolate Whisky Cake.

Yield: 14 ounces

Homemade Dulce de Leche

Homemade Dulce de Leche

Smooth and creamy – Dulce de Leche will become your favorite new caramel.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Additional Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 3 hours 5 minutes


  • 1 (14 ounce) can Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • Dash of Salt


    1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
    2. Pour the sweetened condensed milk into a glass container and add the salt. Cover tightly with foil and place into a second container and add water to create a water-bath.
    3. Cook for 75 – 90 minutes, checking on the browning, around 60 minutes.
    4. Stir until smooth and let it cool completely.
    5. Place in an air-tight container and refrigerate.

    Nutrition Information:



    Serving Size:


    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 9Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 15mgCarbohydrates: 1gFiber: 0gSugar: 1gProtein: 0g

    Nutrition information isn’t always accurate.

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    Carol Leong

    Monday 25th of August 2014

    That sure looks easy!!! Even I could try it!! Looks good too!!

    Karyn Granrud

    Wednesday 27th of August 2014

    You can totally make it! go for it!

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