Learn how to make your own dulce de leche at home, starting with a simple can of sweetened condensed milk. This tutorial outlines the different methods you can choose from and compares the results of each in detail so you can make the best decision for yourself and your baking needs!
Pour the sweetened condensed milk into a pie dish. Cover loosely with foil.
Place the pie dish in a large roasting pan or baking dish that is larger than the pie dish. Place the roasting pan in the oven.
Fill the roasting pan with enough hot water until it reaches halfway up the pie dish, then heat oven to 400°F (204°C).
Bake the until sweetened condensed milk has thickened and caramelized, about 2-3 hours, checking intermittently to stir and assess color. Add more hot water after about 1 hour (some of it will have evaporated). Remove from the oven when it is desired color/consistency.
Allow the dulce de leche to cool, whisk to remove lumps, then pour into your storage container of choice. Store dulce de leche in the refrigerator up to 2 weeks or in the freezer up to 3 months.
Remove the label from your can and place in a pot large enough to accommodate it. Fill the pot with water so the can is submerged by about 2 inches and place over medium high heat.
Bring the water to a boil, then reduce temperature to simmer the can for 2-3 hours. Keep an eye on the water level and refill as necessary, always taking care to keep the can completely submerged.
Remove the can from the water, allow to cool, then open the can and pour dulce de leche into your storage container of choice. Store dulce de leche in the refrigerator up to 2 weeks or in the freezer up to 3 months.