How to make Dulce de Leche at Home

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Sahiba Sharma
Sahiba is a long time food lover. She has a soft spot for cuisines in her heart. Although she loves to cook with her mother, she is also a nutritionist. This means that she knows the science behind the food; what is good and bad in each ingredient. With her experience in cooking and nutritional education, she is a great resource to tell us about food and recipes.

Most of you were having a habit of using Dulce de Leche instead of caramel sauce because both the ingredients are quite similar. Not exactly but there are various similarities between these two.

It is a fact that Dulce de Leche contains fewer calories than the average of dairies. It is one of the nation’s favorite food and we can use it instead of caramel sauce.

Being a housewife, I always try to find alternatives for each and everything. While researching on the internet, I came to know about this Dulce de Leche Recipe. This is something that gives a healthy treat to your body as well.

You can use this Dulce de Leche in brownies, cookies, have it on cakes, ice-cream sandwiches, use it as a topping for on waffles or pancakes and sweeten your coffee as well. There are two methods of making this Dulce de Leche. One is with the single ingredient and another method is the classic method.

So, today we are going to discuss both the procedure of making this Dulce de Leche. But first, we are going to discuss the single ingredient method.

Single Ingredient Method

Dulce de Leche (one ingredient method)


Sweetened Condensed Milk1 Can (14 ounces)

Yes, you only need 1 ingredient for this method and I bet that you’ll already have this ingredient in your refrigerator. So now let’s check out how much time it takes to make Dulce de Leche with this one ingredient method.

How Much Time it Will Take?

Prep timeCook timeTotal timeServings
5 mins1 hrs1 hrs 5 mins8

Now you know that exact time it takes. So without waiting more, let’s jump on to the actual recipe for we all have been waiting for.

Dulce de Leche Recipe (One Ingredient Method)

  1. First of all, preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. Put the condensed milk in a dish and cover it tightly with foil.
  3. Place the dish in a large pan or roasting pan and add hot water in the pan.
  4. Put it inside the oven and bake it for 2 hours.
  5. Whisk it to turn it out into a smooth mixture.

Now your Dulce de Leche is ready from one ingredient method. But this is not the end, now let’s learn how to make this using the classic method.

Classic Method

Dulce de Leche (classic method)


Whole milk1 quart
Sugar12 ounces
Vanilla bean1
Baking Soda1/2 tsp

This classic method requires these 4 ingredients to elevate the taste of your Dulce de Leche. You can get these ingredients from the nearest grocery store. So let’s see how much time will this classic method take.

How Much Time it Will Take?

Prep timeCook timeTotal timeServings
5 mins2 hrs2 hrs 5 mins8

Now, you are just one step away from the recipe. So, let’s see the final procedure of making this recipe step by step.

Dulce de Leche Recipe (Classic Method)

  1. Mix sugar, vanilla bean and milk together in a pan and heat it over medium flame.
  2. When the sugar gets completely melt, add baking soda and cook it continuously for 1 hour.
  3. After that remove the vanilla bean and again cook until it gets dark caramel in color.
  4. Strain the whole mixture and transfer it into a container.

You can store this Dulce de Leche in the refrigerator for up to a month. Your Dulce De Leche Recipe is ready and you can serve it accordingly.

Nutritional Facts of Dulce de Lech

If you are the kind of person who always checks the nutrients of the things. So for you all, I have mentioned the breakdown of nutrients of Dulce De Leche Recipe.

Carbohydrates8 g
Protein1 g
Fat1 g
Cholesterol5 mg
Sodium21 mg
Potassium57 mg
Sugar8 g
Calcium44 mg
Iron1 mg
Magnesium4 mg

How to make Dulce de Leche at Home [2 Ways] | Video

Watching things live will create an impact on your mind and makes your task much easier. So, I have added a video of the recipe of Dulce de Leche in which both the ways are shown.

Video by William’s Kitchen EN

I hope this video will help you while making this Dulce de Leche recipe. Now, it’s your turn, try this recipe at your home by any of the methods I’ve mentioned above. Do share your experience with us in the comments section below.

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