Say dool-ce day lay-che, a luscious milk cream caramel with dark rummy vanilla that you can spread on warm buttered toast, top over a cake or a fruit salad, fill in pies, flans and crepes, drizzle over icecream, puddings and custards or just open the jar and tuck in with a big spoon.
Dulce de leche is a confection prepared by slowly heating sweetened milk to create a substance that derives a different taste, changing flavour and colour. This Spanish name, literally translated, means ‘candy made of milk’. It is the magic ingredient in many recipes in Argentina – chocotorta (a cake made of layered chocolate biscuits and dulce de leche), alfajores (biscuit sandwiches of dulce de leche), ice cream, crepes, cakes, and muffins.
How is dulce de leche different from caramel?
Caramel is melted sugar (caramelized) which turns shades of brown. You can then add milk for a creme caramel. Dulce de Leche has, as its base, heated sweetened milk. Cooked down, it tastes just like or nearly like caramel with milk added.