Oven Dulce de Leche

Hello friends! Today I will explain how to make Oven Dulce de Leche from a can of condensed milk!

To read all about dulce de leche, please go to this post. I have all sorts of different recipes and methods showing you how to make dulce de leche at home from a can of condensed milk, or from simply milk and sugar.

A lot of people resort to the oven method when making dulce de leche because they don’t feel comfortable boiling a closed can of condensed milk, like we do in the instant pot, in the slow cooker, or in the stove top method!

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Making dulce de leche in the oven is a great option if you are one of those people who don’t want to experiment with boiling the can (even though I think it’s totally fine, and do that myself as my preferred way, in the pressure cooker).

Anyway, I am here to give you options, and here is this very fine option.

Make sure to watch the video on this page, or on YouTube, showing you how to make dulce de leche in the oven, along with the other methods. Also, watch this video where I compare the methods and taste test them!

dulce de leche baked in the oven and a spoon scooping some dulce de leche.

Anyway, let’s get to it! Here is how to make dulce de leche in the oven!

First, begin by opening a can of condensed milk. Then pour the contents in a baking pan. I usually use my bread loaf pan.

pouring condensed milk in a pan to make oven dulce de leche.

Then, place the pan inside of a larger baking pan.

a pan with condensed milk inside of a larger roasting pan.

Pour water in the larger pan, to form a water bath, to prevent the sweetened condensed milk from scorching.

pouring water in a large pan with a smaller pan fitted inside with condensed milk.

Then, cover the sweetened condensed milk pan with foil, and place it in the pre-heated 350ºF oven, for 2 and a half to 4 hours.

Time baking will depend on your oven and on the brand of condensed milk you are using.

dulce de leche baked in the oven and a spoon scooping some dulce de leche.

Also, make sure to stir the mixture every so often, to ensure even browning of the condensed milk, and to prevent the milk from scorching on the sides of the pan.

Baking sweetened condensed milk in the oven is a valid way of making dulce de leche. However, this method does have a few downsides.

  • Lumpy: dulce de leche made in the oven tends to be lumpy. To minimize lumps, you can wait for it to come to room temperature after removing from the oven, and process it in the food processor or blender. Warning: it will be messy and sticky, but should do the trick. Also, you can strain the dulce de leche while it’s still hot and not too thick, as it will thicken out once it has cooled and you won’t be able to strain it then.
  • Scorching: even if you stir the mixture constantly and keep an eye on the water level of the water bath, scorching is still going to happen on the sides of the pan, therefore making the dulce de leche even more lumpy, with burnt bits.
  • Time: it takes even up to 4 hours baking the sweetened condensed milk in the oven to obtain dulce de leche.
  • Thickness: in order to obtain a really thick dulce de leche, you have to bake it for a really long time. However, the longer you bake it, the more scorched it gets.
  • Frosting use: if the dulce de leche is too lumpy it won’t work well for frosting. Make sure to not scrape the sides of the pan when removing the dulce de leche or scooping it out.
dulce de leche baked in the oven and a spoon scooping some dulce de leche.

Tips on how to make Oven Dulce de Leche

  • Stir occasionally. This will help minimize lumps in the dulce de leche.
  • Check on the water level of the water bath and replenish it as needed, to minimize scorching.
  • You can bake more than one can’s worth of sweetened condensed milk at a time. The more condensed milk you bake, the longer it might take to get to the desired thick point. And you may need a larger pan than a loaf pan depending on how much you are making.
  • Have an oven thermometer while baking to ensure the temperature of the oven isn’t too hot, which can cause the dulce de leche to burn on the edges.
  • Let the dulce de leche cool down all the way before using.
  • Refrigerating the dulce de leche might help with the thickness.
  • Make ahead! Dulce de leche will last for up to 15 days in the fridge and up to 2 months in the freezer!
Dulce de leche made in the oven in a baking loaf pan, with a spoon.

Dulce de leche made in the oven is great for:

Pictured below is my famous Chocotorta!

Chocotorta

I hope you enjoyed today’s post and this Oven Dulce de Leche recipe.

Watch the video on YouTube, and also check out everything you need to know about dulce de leche here.

dulce de leche baked in the oven and a spoon scooping some dulce de leche.

Oven Dulce de Leche

Camila Hurst
How to make Oven Dulce de Leche from a can of condensed milk.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
0 minutes
Total Time 3 hours 5 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine Latin
Servings 1 cups
Calories 60 kcal

Equipment

  • Loaf pan
  • Large baking pan
  • Foil
  • Spatula

Ingredients
  

  • 1-14. oz can sweetened condensed milk (396 grams)

Instructions
 

Oven Dulce de Leche
  • Pre-heat the oven to 350ºF.
  • Open the can of sweetened condensed milk. Pour the contents in a loaf pan or any smaller baking pan.
  • Place the loaf pan inside a larger baking pan.
  • Fill the baking pan with hot water until it is at the same level as the sweetened condensed milk, or higher, to form a water bath to prevent scorching.
  • Cover the loaf pan with foil.
  • Place in the pre-heated oven.
  • Bake for the minimum of 2 and a half hours, up to 4 hours. The longer you bake, the thicker and darker it will be.
  • Stir a few times during baking. Also, make sure to replenish the water from the water bath as it evaporates.
  • Let it cool down completely before consuming and serving.
Storage
  • Store covered, in the fridge for up to 15 days. Store packaged tightly in the freezer for 1 to 2 months.

Notes

Quantity: You can bake more than one can’s worth of sweetened condensed milk at a time. The more condensed milk you bake, the longer it might take to get to the desired point. Also, you may need a larger pan than a loaf pan depending on how much you are making.
Scorching: To prevent scorching, stir occasionally. Also check on the water bath, and replenish with more water as it evaporates.
Lumpy: The Oven Dulce de Leche recipe tends to produce a lumpy dulce de leche. To fix that, you can process the dulce de leche in the food processor or blender, once it is at room temperature.
Thickness: It’s hard to obtain a really thick dulce de leche with the oven method, because for the dulce de leche to be really thick it will have to bake for a really long time, which will cause a lot of scorching and burning bits of condensed milk in the dulce de leche. For a really thick dulce de leche, I recommend these methods: pressure cooker, slow cooker, stove top.
 
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