sure, it took two hours, but it worked. rich, thick, creamy, sweet dulce de leche. and my house smells like sweet milk. amazing...but i did make one change.
i don't have vanilla beans. they simply cost too much in the grocery store and i haven't spent enough time figuring out what to buy and where to buy them online. so i skipped the vanilla bean. which kinda stinks, because i bet it would be amazingly good.
oh yea, and another thing to note - this recipe is a pot ruiner. my four quart pot soaked in soapy water for 6 hours this afternoon. i don't know if my "low" setting on my stove isn't low enough, but i had a nice burnt crust on the bottom and the sides were covered in sticky caramel goodness, so it took some elbow grease to clean it up. but it came clean.
after simmering for 30 minutes
after simmering for 60 minutes
after simmering for 90 minutes
after simmering for 120 minutes
alton's dulce de leche
recipe from food network
4 cups whole milk
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- combine milk & sugar in a 4 quart saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium heat.
- when the sugar has dissolved, stir in the baking soda.
- reduce heat to low and cook at a simmer, stirring occasionally. do not reincorporate the foam that forms on top of the mixture.
- cook until the mixture is dark caramel color and reduced to about 1 cup, about 2 hours total.
- strain through a fine mesh sieve and store sealed in the refrigerator.