Dulce de Leche

    Dulce de Leche

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    About this recipe: This is a milk-based sauce popular throughout Latin America. Milk sweetened with vanilla and sugar is cooked to make a wonderful, versatile caramel-like cream. You can eat it alone, use it to fill cakes, or serve over bananas, ice cream or any other pudding!

    Ingredients
    Serves: 32 

    • 3L semi skimmed milk
    • 3L (5 1/8 pints) semi skimmed milk
    • 1 tsp vanilla essence, more optional
    • 1 vanilla bean
    • 1kg caster sugar
    • 1kg (2 lb) caster sugar
    • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
    • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda

    Directions
    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:45min  ›  Ready in:1hr 

    1. In a large pan, bring milk to a boil over medium-high heat. Remove from heat and strain through cheesecloth. Return to pan.
    2. In a large saucepan, bring milk to the boil over medium-high heat. Remove from heat and strain through cheesecloth or muslin. Return to pan.
    3. Cut vanilla pod in half and add the seeds to the milk. Stir in the sugar and replace the pan on medium-high heat, stirring constantly until the sugar is dissolved. Just as the milk mixture begins to boil, stir in the bicarbonate of soda. Reduce the heat to medium, stirring constantly until mixture thickens. When a wooden spoon drawn through the mixture leaves the bottom of the pan visible, and the mixture is light brown in colour, remove the pan from the heat.
    4. Cut vanilla pod in half and add the seeds to the milk. Stir in the sugar and replace the pan on medium-high heat, stirring constantly until the sugar is dissolved. Just as the milk mixture begins to boil, stir in the bicarbonate of soda. Reduce the heat to medium, stirring constantly until mixture thickens. When a wooden spoon drawn through the mixture leaves the bottom of the pan visible, and the mixture is light brown in colour, remove the pan from the heat.
    5. Place the pan in an ice bath and stir constantly until dulce de leche is cold. Store in airtight container in refrigerator.
    6. Place the pan in an ice bath and stir constantly until dulce de leche is cold. Store in airtight container in refrigerator.

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