Monday, March 14, 2011

I'm in love!




This was a Christmas gift.  For nearly three months it sat silently, behind jars of spices and bags of pasta, waiting.  It was only a matter of time before I would come across it, and dip a teaspoon in.

Sigh.  Life should always be like this.  Need a supply? Williams Sonoma.  Hate shopping?  On a frugal budget?  Here's the home version, via Richard Sax's Classic Home Desserts:

Take a can of condensed milk.  Pour it into a 9 inch pie pan, cover with foil.  Preheat oven to 425 degrees, place pie pan in larger roasting pan, and fill with warm water until the level of the water comes halfway up the pie pan.  Bake until rich and thick and caramelet, around 90 minutes.

(I've never tried this, once I open a can of condensed milk, its life is short-lived).

15 comments:

  1. Ok, I give up. What do you do with it?

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  2. I love how you always cut to the philosophical heart of things. Why are we here? What is our purpose? What's the point of it all?
    If you're feeling generous, you can put it into espresso cups and share it with friends as an extra special dessert pudding. The jar recommends it as a caramel sauce, on ice cream, etc. I have been known to spread it on toast, use it as a stand in for jelly in a jazzed up pbandj. My personal favorite? Take one teaspoon, dip into jar, savor. Repeat as necessary.

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  3. My fav Dulce deLeche is at Polkatots cupcake on N. Lake.

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  4. In espresso? Or by itself in the cups?

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  5. Hiker, thank you for that. I do need my hand held in these matters.

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  6. CP: Must try it again!
    AH and P: No, you're so creative you can't believe the solution's simple. In fact, now I'm going to have to try dulce de leche in my morning cafe.

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  7. So condensed milk condensed again becomes caramel? I'd use it to make Carver Caramel Crispys. Take them to a pot luck, and no one will eat them (except the Hiker). You get to take them home and watch your but grow.

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  8. I didn't know potato bugs had sweet tooths.
    Sweet teeth?

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  9. My latest incarnation ate the bug.....and also that desert you brought to the picnic. If I wasn't such a lady bear I'd have inhaled it. Really good grub Des

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  10. OMG. You can't call it caramel! You'll get the Argentine mafia on you. You can't say it has to do anything to do with caramel. You have to say it is the food of the gods and, not even comparable to caramel!, and then, also, that nothing in the US is as good as the dulce de leche in Argentina. I'm only trying to help you out here.

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  11. PA--SO glad you enjoyed it--and it's easy.
    M: I couldn't possibly call it that! The jar itself does, manufactured, you guessed it, in the land of the tango. What do they slather it on there?

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  12. Everything. Or they eat it straight with a spoon.

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  13. That's what I'm sayin'--straight out of a jar, onto a spoon. Heaven.

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