Friday, March 14, 2014

I have conquered one of my biggest fears. I was scared to prepare dulce de Leche using a can of condensed milk in the pressure cooker. I have attempted twice to prepare in the past but did not proceed. I had removed the can of condensed milk from the pressure cooker before closing the lid both the times. This time I decided to give it a try and I succeeded.

Dulce de Leche translates to candy of milk or milk candy. Dulce de Leche is similar to toffee. Traditionally it is prepared by cooking milk and sugar till it gets caramelized. Dulce de Leche can also be prepared by boiling an unopened can of sweetened condensed milk fully immersed in water for 2 hours or can be cooked in a pressure cooker. Care is to be taken to completely immerse the unopened can in water as there are chances of the can exploding if the water dries out. Now that was my fear. Not a joke with a toddler at home.

Dulce de Leche is used as a sweetener in preparing cakes, cookies, ice cream, milkshakes etc. It can also be used as a spread for pancakes and toast. I prepared dulce de Leche to use it in the preparation of Banofee Pie.
Here is the method to prepare dulce de Leche

Ingredients :
Sweetened condensed milk - 1 can
Lots of water

Method :
1. First make sure that the can of condensed milk has no damage.
2. Remove plastic lids or covers if any.
3. Remove the paper label. This is optional.
4. Place the unopened can of the condensed milk in a large pressure cooker. I used a 4 litre pressure cooker.
5. Fill the pressure cooker with water till the can is completely immersed in water.
6. Close the pressure cooker and place the whistle.
7. Let it cook on medium heat for 1 whistle.  This will take about 20 minutes.
8. Reduce the flame to low and continue to cook for another 20 minutes.
9. Switch off the flame after 20 minutes. If you continue to cook further the dulce de Leche will turn hard and will not be of spreadable consistency. 
10. Let the pressure release completely from the pressure cooker. 
11. Remove the can from the hot water and keep it aside to cool down completely.
12. After about an hour open the can.
13. Refrigerate if not using immediately and it can be refrigerated for 2 weeks.
14. If you want to make it thin then add some milk to the required quantity of dulce de Leche and microwave it in a microwave safe bowl for 30 seconds.

Enjoy Dulce de Leche.

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  1. o wow this is so easy to prepare; even i didn't know how to make it thanks for sharing dear

  2. wow... looks perfect :) Am drooling here :)

  3. Pressure cooker can be tricky I too am scared of trying ..ddl looks awesome.

  4. I do my ddl through pressure cooker, feel like licking that spoon..

  5. I am so freaked out of pressure cookers, cuz one day It accidently almost exploded on me lol.... but im so destined to try this yummy sweet treat... will try inshallah. thanks for such a great recipe...

  6. Wow looks so creamy and perfect

  7. Wov..this is so simple. Will it caramalise with pressure cooker heating