Dulce de Leche Recipe

Dulce de Leche Recipe

Dulce de leche is a thick, golden caramel sauce widely adored all over Latin America. It's easy to make using a can of sweetened condensed milk.
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  • Serves: 8 persons



  1. Step 1

    Gather the ingredients.
  2. Step 2

    Bring a medium pot of water to a low boil. Position a rack the middle of the oven and heat to 400 F.
  3. Step 3

    Add the sweetened condensed milk to a loaf pan and cover tightly with foil. A glass or ceramic loaf pan is best since it weighs more and won't float in the water.
  4. Step 4

    Place the loaf pan in a 9-x 13-inch baking dish or pan. Carefully add the boiling water to the baking dish, so that it reaches 1-inch up the sides.
  5. Step 5

    Bake for 1 hour, then check the water level. Replenish the water if needed to keep the pan covered by 1-inch.
  6. Step 6

    Continue baking until the dulce de leche reaches your desired color and consistency, 30 to 45 minutes more for richly colored and medium-thick dulce de leche.
  7. Step 7

    Remove the loaf pan from the water bath and uncover. Add the vanilla and salt, if using, whisking until smooth and combined.
  8. Step 8

    Let cool uncovered. Store the cooled dulce de leche in a airtight container in the refrigerator until ready to use.