Sunday, July 3, 2011

Homemade Dulce de Leche

I have already professed my love for dulce de leche in my Dulce de Leche Duos post and have used this recipe in my Millionaire's Shortbread post, so why am I repeating this recipe?  Well, anything with dulce de leche deserves to be repeated, but more importantly, I never showed you photographs!  So here it is...the easiest way to make homemade dulce de leche and the photographs to prove it! 

Dulce de Leche


1 can of sweetened condensed milk*

*You can cook 2 cans at a time if you wish.  I also prefer to use fat free sweetened condensed milk because it's healthier without sacrificing taste!


Remove all labels from the can of sweetened condensed milk.  Place the can in a crock pot and fill water so the can is submerged.  Cook on low for 8 hours.  Remove the can with tongs because the metal will be extremely hot.  Wait about 30 minutes and open with a can opener. 


  1. I love homemade dulce de leche! I have made it before too, and homemade can't be beat :) Thanks for sharing :)

  2. I have the condensed milk in a can. I have the crock pot. Now I need to have the guts to do this. Is there any chance of exploding cans of condensed milk happening? ~ I plan to do this at work and am not sure that the management will appreciate this scenario.

    Finally, do I keep the lid of the crock pot on tightly while the can is boiling away?

    Thanks, we cannot get store-bought dulce de leche here and I would love to be able to make this myself.
    Thank you so much.

  3. Why am I still possessed by fear that cooking cans of condensed milk for such a long hours might explode?? Maybe I should just give it a go since your dulce de leche is so pretty in the can, that should beat my fear altogether :-)

  4. Judy and Kris-

    I still have a fear of letting a can boil in a saucepan on the stove, so cooking the can in the crock pot has put me at ease! In the times I've made this there have been no explosions :) and Judy, I have never tightened the lid more than any other time I've used the crock pot. So you just have to make sure all of the paper wrapping is removed, fill the water so the can is submerged, and put the lid on as you normally would. There has been a little bit of rust leftover on the pot (from the heated can), but nothing that a good scrub can't get out.

    I have let the crock pot run while sleeping each time I've made this and my apartment is still standing!

    I hope this helps you both. Good luck and please let me know how it turns out!


  5. My mum has been making Dulce de Leche or manjar as we call it since I was a baby. In my 40+ years I have never seen a can explode. You do have to be careful and cook the cans on a very low heat, if the cans start to jiggle in the boiling the water you will end up with dulce de leche all over your ceiling. Be patient, cook on low and top up the water constantly. Do not cover the pot completely, if you are scared of the can exploding then just place the lid on top but leave it a little uncovered to let the steam out.

    Don't be scared and if they do explode, you'll have a funny story to tell!

  6. Thanks for the last comment! I just want to make sure you are referring to cooking the can on the stove?!

  7. Wow, I love that you made your own. I can only imagine all the delicious plans you've got for this. I hope you'll come by and link it up to Sweets for a Saturday.