Believe me when I tell you, it don’t get much easier than this!
I would have had this post done sooner, but my fingers have been sticking to the keys.
You’ll see. Try it. The horror stories you hear about exploding cans are simply not true.
This obsession started with a phone call from a friend of mine. She lives in Ishkabibble. She wanted to make a dulce de leche cake for her husband. This call was from a supermarket – the 4th in Ishkabibble that she had been to – and she was in full on panic mode. My simple answer – make dulce de leche yourself.
It’s easy, said I. At least from what I read – I had not yet DARED try this. I had this particular recipe – if you want to call it that – cut out for ages. But every dulce de leche recipe done with this process comes with warnings about exploding cans! EXPLODING CANS!
You remember me? The person who leaves the slow cooker going and spends the rest of the day at work worried that every siren going past the office (that is 6 miles away from home) is racing toward her house to put out the fire caused by the unattended crock pot? And now I am supposed to deal with EXPLODING CANS!
Well, she did it. Said it was delightful. OMGEEEEEE-GOOD, in fact.
So what’s a little exploding can between friends.
Suck it up, Buttercup. And so I did just that.
- 1 can sweetened condensed milk
Really, 1 ingredient.
Take the label off the can. Yes, you can throw it out, you don’t need it.
Place can in a pot large enough so that the can will be covered when you fill the pot with water. Also, have a second pot filled with water at a light simmer. You will need this to add water to the pot with the can so that the can stays covered with boiling water.
Bring to a boil and cook for 90 minutes. You can adjust the time to achieve a lighter or darker result.
Here’s the tricky part, and the part with EXPLODING CAN FEAR – Make sure the can always remains covered with water, adding any when necessary.
Remove pot from the heat and drain. Set the can on the counter and allow it to cool completely.
Open can and
enjoy. Not the right word – indulge, dive in, gobble with greedy spoonfuls, become sticky faced, sticky fingered! You may need to make 2 cans!
Transfer to an airtight container and store in the fridge. Should last at least 1 week (HAHAHAHAHAHA). Use it straight from the fridge, warm it in the microwave, and in any recipe calling for dulce de leche.
Me? Pour it over icecream and I am a happy girl!