Dulce de leche in Spanish or doce de leite in Portuguese ("milk candy"), is a milk-based syrup. Found as both a sauce and a caramel-like candy, it is popular across Latin America. It is prepared by slowly heating sweetened milk to create a product similar in taste to caramel.
I have always made my own Dulce de Leche. It is quite simple. Take cans of sweetened condensed milk, tear off paper, submerse in water, bring up to a simmer and simmer for 3 hours. I find this process works the best. I have tried others and was not impressed. I know what everyone says "Don't do that the can will explode".....well, my can has never exploded and hopefully I am not jinxing myself by writing this. I have always thought that the cans that exploded on other Forons (food morons) is because they took to boiling the hell out of the can instead of keeping it at a minimal simmer.....trust me this is all you need, you don't have to beat it like a red headed step-child. I know, I know, just like mom used to say "It is all fun and games until someone gets poked in the eye with a dik, er, I mean stick, yeah, I think it is stick"....I always mess that one up. Anyway, Me and my milk have hunkered down for a long simmer tonight and hopefully we will be producing a Dulce de Leche cheesecake this weekend at some point. Wish Me Luck!
It is going to be a long night.......pull up a chair and have an espresso brownie.