Easy-to-make: Caramel sauce, or ‘Dulce de leche’

Easy-to-make: Caramel sauce, or ‘Dulce de leche’
A simple guide to making a delicious caramel sauce in no time, along with eight delicious treat ideas to try it with. This yummy dulce de leche will go with ice-cream mixes, chocolate caramel slices, salted with meringues, or added to any baking or desserts.

To make dulce de leche at home you need a 375ml can of sweetened condensed milk.

Use a large, deep pot filled with room temperature water.

Remove label from tin. Place a heatproof cloth, like a clean tea towel, in the bottom of the pot, then lay the tin on its side in the pot.

Ensure the tin is covered by at least 7cm of water.

Put the pot over heat and bring the water to a simmer, about 95°C. Do not allow water to boil. Simmer for 2 hours.

Watch the water level to make sure it doesn’t fall below the original amount.

The longer you simmer, the darker the dulce de leche will be.

After two hours, remove from the water. Allow to cool completely before opening the lid.

What to do with your caramel sauce

Now that you’ve made your delicious dulce de leche, you’ll need some scrumptious dishes to match.

Here are eight recipes that you can really bring to life with your new-found caramel-making skills:

Chocolate marquise with burnt caramel sauce

Ginger and treacle pudding with orange caramel sauce

Whitestone Lindis Pass camembert with drunken fruit and caramel sauce

Banana slab cake with coconut caramel sauce

Chocolate and coffee molten puddings with peanut caramel sauce 

Sticky date puddings with caramel sauce

Salted caramel cheesecake

Banana fritters and caramel coffee sundae



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