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dulce de leche premade?

post #1 of 19
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Does anyone use the premade (Nestle? I think) Dulce de Leche for filling? I bought it once but I seem to recall it has the consistency of yogurt. Can you thicken it somehow? I know many make their own by boiling for condensed milk for a few hours, but I'm too chicken to try that.
post #2 of 19
There are 2 different products from Nestle. There is dulce de leche and dulce de lucerna (sp?). The lucerna is much thicker. HTH
post #3 of 19
There is a new way to do it in the boiling process... it only takes a few minutes. I'm sorry I can't place the thread on it right now but I do recall reading it somewhere maybe it wasn't here but I do recall it saying you empty it into the bowl/pot and cook for like 15 mins or so...

Also Hershey's makes a syrup now. It's Dulce de Leche used to make caramel milk like chocolate milk... I bought that to use with cake balls but haven't used it as of yet so I don't know if it'll work for fillings or not....
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post #4 of 19
I have used the Nestle several times in the past few months, and mine do not have a yogurt consistency, but that of a thick paste, like tomato paste. What I mean is that, unlike yogurt, which softens as you stir it, I have not had that happen with the Nestle brand. Maybe what I bought was older stock. I am sure that it can be thickened further, on the stove top over low heat.

I agree with you about not boiling the can of sweetened milk. It is not something I would do, either.

I thought someone had posted information on making caramel from sweetened milk, by microwaving or stove top, but I cannot find info on it in my desktop archives. Sorry, I thought I had saved the info.

Does anyone recall a threadlike this?

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post #5 of 19
I have used the Nestle several times in the past few months, and mine do not have a yogurt consistency, but that of a thick paste, like tomato paste. What I mean is that, unlike yogurt, which softens as you stir it, I have not had that happen with the Nestle brand. Maybe what I bought was older stock. I am sure that it can be thickened further, on the stove top over low heat.

I agree with you about not boiling the can of sweetened milk. It is not something I would do, either.

I thought someone had posted information on making caramel from sweetened milk, by microwaving or stove top, but I cannot find info on it in my desktop archives. Sorry, I thought I had saved the info.

Does anyone recall a threadlike this?

Theresa icon_smile.gif
post #6 of 19
boil condensed milk (in can) for 3-4 hours making sure that can is covered with water the entire time..top up water as necessary....let cool and then enjoy!
Works great...can't find the link but I have done it.
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post #7 of 19
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the responses! I picked up La Lechera last night becuase that's the only kind they had.
JaneK - I'm too nervous to boil a can of condensed milk - when I was a kid I witnessed my mom's pressure cooker explode - not a pretty sight!
post #8 of 19
La Lechera from Nestle, need to read the can one is condensed milk and the other should say Dulce de Leche cajeta,arequipe,fanguito,manjar,caramel.
The second is correct. I always have to buy two cans, one for cake and one for honey who eats the stuff out of the can with a spoon!
post #9 of 19
Here is a picture of the can
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post #10 of 19
Thread Starter 
Thank you so much dolfin & shabbychic! The one I picked up yesterday (the only one they had) was sweetened condensed milk. icon_redface.gif I went to another store today that has a more Latino clientele and they had both kinds. Guess I need to brush up on my Spanish icon_lol.gif
Thanks a million!
post #11 of 19
You are wellcome, I love dulce de leche!! I'm glad that you were able to find it, let us know how your cake turns out!
post #12 of 19
Stupid question: Do you have to open or vent the can before you boil it?
post #13 of 19
no don't do anything to the can but keep it at a steady slow boil and the can covered with water for 3-4 hours
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post #14 of 19
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Originally Posted by tmriga

I have used the Nestle several times in the past few months, and mine do not have a yogurt consistency, but that of a thick paste, like tomato paste. What I mean is that, unlike yogurt, which softens as you stir it, I have not had that happen with the Nestle brand. Maybe what I bought was older stock. I am sure that it can be thickened further, on the stove top over low heat.

I agree with you about not boiling the can of sweetened milk. It is not something I would do, either.

I thought someone had posted information on making caramel from sweetened milk, by microwaving or stove top, but I cannot find info on it in my desktop archives. Sorry, I thought I had saved the info.

Does anyone recall a threadlike this?

Theresa icon_smile.gif



I remember that thread; I'll see if I can find it.
post #15 of 19
Copied this from Eagle Brand's site and posted this here. Same result and definitely much safer. Please don't risk exploding cans of Eagle Brand.

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For an easy caramel topping or dip, simply heat Eagle Brand® using the following directions. For safety reasons, heating the unopened can (an old cooking method) is NOT recommended. Instead use one of the following methods.

OVEN METHOD; Pour 1 can Eagle Brand® sweetened condensed milk into 9 inch pie plate. Cover with aluminum foil; place in larger shallow pan. Fill larger pan with hot water. Bake at 425º for 1 1/2 hours or until thick and caramel colored.

STOVETOP METHOD; Pour 1 can Eagle Brand® sweetened condensed milk into top of double boiler; place over boiling water. Over low heat, simmer 1 to 1 1/2 hours or until thick and caramel colored. Beat until smooth.

MICROWAVE METHOD; Pour 1 can Eagle Brand® sweetened condensed milk into 2-quart glass measuring cup. Cook on 50% power (medium) 4 minutes, stirring briskly every 2 minutes until smooth. Cook on 30% power (medium-low) 20 to 26 minutes or until very thick and caramel-colored, stirring briskly every 4 minutes during the first 16 minutes and every 2 minutes the last 4 to 10 minutes.

CAUTION: NEVER HEAT UNOPENED CAN.
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