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Stove Top Dulce de Leche in a can of condensed milk with a spoon next to it.

Stove Top Dulce de Leche

How to make Stove Top Dulce de Leche from a can of condensed milk.
Course Dessert
Cuisine Latin
Keyword dulce de leche
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Resting time 6 hours
Total Time 9 hours 5 minutes
Servings 1 cups
Calories 60 kcal
Author camila

Ingredients

Stove Top Dulce de Leche

  • 1 14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk 396 grams

Instructions

Stove Top Dulce de Leche

  1. Remove the label of the can. Keep the can sealed.
  2. Inspect the can to ensure it doesn't have any dents.
  3. Place the sealed can in large pot, filled up with water, making sure the can is covered by a few inches at least.
  4. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat, and let the water simmer for 2.5 hours to 4 hours.
  5. Check on it constantly to make sure the water level isn't below the can, and that the can is submerged several inches.

  6. Set a timer to check on the water every 20 minutes!

  7. After the desired cooking time, turn the heat off. For a lighter, more runny dulce de leche, cook for 2.5 hours, for a dulce de leche that's easy to pipe, fill cookies, and will be able to hold its shape, cook for 3.5 to 4 hours.
  8. Let the can cool down all the way in the water before removing and opening, which may take a few hours.

Storage

  1. Store dulce de leche covered, in the fridge for up to 15 days. Store packaged tightly in the freezer for 1 to 2 months.

Recipe Notes

Quantity: you can cook more than one can at a time depending on how large the pot is. Always make sure there's a lot of room in the pan, and the cans are covered by water the whole time.

Water: ensure the can is covered in water. Set a timer to check on the water every 20 minutes!

Cool down: make absolute sure the can of condensed milk has cooled down completely before removing from the water and opening it.

Cooking time: cook from 2.5 hours to 4 hours. The longer you cook, the thicker and darker the dulce de leche will be. For a light and runny dulce de leche, cook for 2.5 hours, for a dulce de leche that is easy to pipe and holds its shape, cook for 3.5 to 4 hours.

Nutrition Facts
Stove Top Dulce de Leche
Amount Per Serving (1 tbsp)
Calories 60
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.