The first time I had dulce de leche, I was in Argentina for work and my co-worker brought us in Alfajores that his wife made,
which I learned is a common treat. Alfajores are a small sandwich cookie with dulce de leche in the center and the outer
edges are rolled in coconut. Holy yum, after being in the country for a couple of weeks, I soon realized dulce de leche was pretty common
and started shoving jars in my suitcase to return home with. It is basically like caramel at the consistency of pudding or greek yogurt, but so much more.
Argentina was great as well, I dislike the overall safety issues of South and Central America and there was a period where
I was in many of the countries for my job and I can tell you that Argentina is different from the others. It has much more of
a European quality, which I believe is largely inpart to immigration.
I also had the opportunity to take in a real soccer game.
It is truly the most entertained (and possibly frightened) I have ever been at a sporting event - the hooligans, the celebrating, the tearing up of newspapers
as confetti, the child (I think he was 4) who yelled a word in Spanish no mother should have to hear. Oh the good times.
Anyway, back to the dulce de leche. Cooking it via sous vide is so simple that this could be a very dangerous thing in our house.
Yields: About 4 cups
Sous Vide Dulce De Leche
15 hours (inactive) 15 minute (prep)
- Equipment: 4 (1) pint sterilized canning jars with lids, immersion circulator, stock pot
- 3 (14 oz) cans of sweetened condensed milk
Set immersion circulator to 185 F in water bath.
When temperature is reached, pour 1 cup of condensed milk into sterilized pint jar, seal jar with lid and place in water bath.
Set time to 15 hours.
To help with water evaporation, cover top loosely with plastic wrap, but check water level periodically.
When 15 hours is up, the condensed milk should now be a deep golden brown.
Let cool at room temperature, then place in fridge for up to 3 months.
Dulce can be used for many recipes or straight outta the jar (no judgement from me), here are two ideas...
Dulce De Leche Pots de Creme
Dulce De Leche Cheesecake
Sous vide has been around for a little while in the professional cooking sector, but it is just starting to gain traction with home cooks thanks to cheaper equipment.
There are a lot of great resources out there, but here are a few of my favorites:
- Serious Eats
or your device's website should have a lot of recipes and resources
For more on this technique from Mary's Making:
our Pinterest Sous Vide Board
- Check out our sous vide recipes
- Peruse our Amazon Store
(where I selected many useful sous vide products)
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