Originally Posted by sweetcravings
Hmmm, i'm starting to think i should've bought it at the grocery store beachcakes. I put a can of the condensed milk in the saucepan with water covering 3/4 of it and i've been watching it like a hawk. I must say i am so nervous about this technique. I keep reading everywhere it could explode. Yikes! Has anyone had a can explode using this method? If so, what happened? I've had it on for around 1hr and 40minutes. I keep reading it should cook for around three so i have a ways to go, if my nerves can take it. I think i have turned it off three times already because i was freaking out with the rattling of the can in the boiling water.
Hi hope this helps:
Boiled cans of condensed milk is not Dulce de leche at least not where I come from. Boiled cans of sweetened condensed milk is more of a toffee. People seem to boil the cans because it resembles the mass produced dulce de leche flavored stuff that comes in cans already.... Dulce de leche is always and will always be just a Caramel sauce that has been thickened slightly by cooking on low heat an additional 5-10 minutes while stirring lightly as to not incorporate air. To get that butterscotchy flavor you add two tablespoons of light brown sugar ( do not sub dark brown or a lil molasses- not the same) to the following recipe:
3 cups of sugar
2 cups of heavy cream
1 oz of butter
1 tbs. corn syrup
1/4 cup of water
2 tsp of vanilla extract
place sugar, water, and corn syrup in heavy sauce pan stir to combine and with a pastry brush, brush down the sides of the pan to make sure no sugar crystals fall into boiling sugar syrup. Boil to caramel stage remove from heat and carefully add heavy cream and butter. stir until smooth put back on low heat and cook stirring constantly for 5-10 minutes until sauce thickens slightly. Remove from heat add vanilla extract and pour into heat safe bowl. Take a piece of plastic wrap and place right on top of caramel sauce as to avoid a skin from forming place in fridge Until completely cool or over night is best.
Dulce de leche taste best with a very light vanilla flavored cake so that the taste of the caramel shines through. If your not serving kids try brushing your cake with a quality dark rum (this also helps to cut the sweetness of ur cake-very good idea since the caramel is so sweet).
Try this you will not be dissatisfied.