Ok this recipe comes with a warning: this is one of the easiest and cheapest things to make, and makes a LOT. So once you discover the glorious treat that is Dulce de Leche, don’t say I didn’t warn you if you find a large batch in your fridge on a weekly basis! All you need is:
– two 395 g cans of sweetened, condensed milk
– 2 teaspoons of vanilla bean paste (equivalent of 2 vanilla bean pods)
– sea salt, to taste
Start by preheating the oven to 220 C. Pour the two cans of condensed milk into a baking dish.
Next add the vanilla bean paste, as well as a sprinkle of sea salt. Swirl the paste through the condensed milk, until it is blended through.
Place the dish in a second, larger dish. Fill the large baking dish with water until it is halfway up the first, smaller dish.
Cover the small dish with foil. Pop it into the oven for about 1 hour and 45 minutes, taking care to check on it at least once or twice in case the water needs to be refilled.
Remove the dish from the oven when the caramel is a beautiful golden brown, and whisk the caramel quickly until it is smooth. And that’s it! Store in sterilized containers in the fridge, although I guarantee that it won’t be around for long! A rich, delicious treat that is equally amazing slathered over cookies (coming soon, if Alex ever gets around to blogging again) or mixed through vanilla bean ice cream. Easily 1000000 x better than dulce de leche out of a can!