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5 from 2 votes

Dulce de leche - 2 ways

Method 1 makes 1.5 cups
Method 2 makes 1 cup
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time4 hrs
Total Time4 hrs 5 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 1 to 1.5 cup
Calories: 80kcal
Author: Trang


Method 1: with milk and sugar

  • 1 quart of whole milk 4 cups
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla bean paste or 1 whole vanilla bean split with the seeds scraped
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • A pinch of table salt

Method 2: with condensed milk

  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk 14 oz
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


For Method 1:

  • Put milk, sugar and vanilla bean paste (or vanilla bean pod and seeds) in a large sauce pan over medium heat and bring to a simmer stirring occasionally.
  • When sugar completely dissolves, add baking soda and salt. Reduce to low heat and cook for 3 ½ to 4 hours uncovered, stirring occasionally. If using vanilla bean pod and seeds, you’ll need to remove the pod after cooking for an hour.
  • Skim off foam as necessary (if there is too much).
  • In the last hour of cooking, stir the mixture frequently and reduce heat to the lowest setting if necessary, the mixture will bubble more rapidly.
  • Reduce the mixture to about 1 ½ cups. When it thickens and the color is caramel brown, it is ready.
  • Transfer to a jar and let cool to room temperature.

For Method 2:

  • Preheat oven to 425°F.
  • Pour condensed milk into a pie dish, sprinkle salt over the top. Cover with foil.
  • Place covered pie dish into a roasting pan. Fill the pan with hot water half way up the side of the pie dish. Bake for 1 hour.
  • Remove roasting pan from the oven, and remove pie dish from the water bath. Uncover the dish carefully and whisk the mixture until smooth, 1 – 2 minutes.
  • Cover the dish and return to the water bath. Add more water if necessary. Place the roasting pan back into the oven and bake for 1 ½ hour more.
  • Remove from the oven, and remove pie dish from the water bath. Uncover and whisk the dulce de leche until smooth, 4 – 5 minutes.
  • Transfer to a jar and let cool to room temperature.


  • Cooking time estimate is for Method 1. Method 2 will take about 2 hours 45 minutes.
  • I found that the Dulce de leche made from condensed milk was a tad too salty, adjust salt to your taste.
  • Calories are estimated based on 1 tablespoon serving.


Serving: 25g | Calories: 80kcal