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Dulce de Leche….a la Microwave

by on February 11, 2010
 

Did you guess that I was the ‘Hurry up’ type?  Ok, yes I have elements of ‘Please others’ and ‘Be perfect’……but my main driver is ‘Rush, rush, rush’!

IMG_2230I hate to ‘waste’ a minute of my time:

I always have plans….for the weekend;
A list of things to buy;
And I always have something or the other, I need to check on Google, like Raven’s test.

Do you wonder that I make mistakes?

Like buying a jar of mixed berry jam, when what I wanted was strawberry – they look the same but…..
Or picking a pack of Fennel tea instead of my Twinings Lemon and Ginger?
Or….stupidly getting a tin of Evaporated milk (when I should have purchased Condensed), boiling it for 2 hours, leaving it overnight to cool and opening it up in the morning to find bronzed, liquid milk….and not Dulce de Leche! Though to be honest, in this case, it worked out for good because I ended up being a tad bit creative and making caramel curd…….

IMG_2150So, henceforth, I’m determined to get it right.

I’ll read labels twice, and slow down.

I’ll relax and not rush……even when time is racing by.

I will be patient, ’cause when I am……everything comes together beautifully. Like this microwave Dulce de Leche! Ready in a few minutes……

First of all, ensure you get the right kind of milk…..Condensed. Apparently Evaporated milk is the same….without sugar and so no caramelising takes place when used. Beware, Hurry ups!

IMG_2155Then, find a good recipe, like I did, being sure to note that Microwave ovens differ, and if you follow the recipe exactly like I did…..and if your microwave is like mine…..disaster may result…..so be judicious with your timings!

MICROWAVE: Pour 1 can (14 oz.) CARNATION Sweetened Condensed Milk into large microwave-save bowl. Cook on MEDIUM (50%) power for 4 minutes, stirring halfway through heating time. Reduce power to MEDIUM-LOW (30%) power; cook for 8 to 12 minutes, stirring with wire whisk every few minutes, until thick and light caramel-colored.

Note: Microwave ovens may vary; adjust timing accordingly.

It really doesn’t involve that much…..

At least it shouldn’t!

Save for if, like me this is your first time…..and you’re just halfway through the second round of heating (8 – 12 minutes)…..and you trust that you can stand by and not check after a few minutes.

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You just might be wrong…..

As I was.

And what started out not requiring a lot of work…..ended up in a bit of a cleaning episode.

IMG_2177But that did little to deter me. I was going to see the end of this….just so I would know if it really worked!

Of course after this rather bubbly punctuation and eruption, I took my time……and proceeded slowly till minutes later, I had this nice and bubbly, rather odd looking mixture in my bowl.

‘Should I be afraid?’ I asked myself…..but a few seconds of stirring…

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And the most delicious, golden coloured dulce de leche emerges……nice and smooth!


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And exciting me way beyond what mere words can explain…..

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I think I overcooked it a bit though…..for this is a rather thick mix…..but then I consider myself blessed….that I didn’t loose all the milk (….especially as I only bought 1 tin!)….and I have confirmed that this is a far more valuable test – one which has numerous returns , especially reducing the cooking time!

IMG_2213So, once it was ready, I got out a clean jar,  and proceeded to fill it…..licking up bits along the way.

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And making plans to do some more cleaning……

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I’ve stashed it in the refrigerator…..and have been dragging pieces of it out of the jar…like toffee.

IMG_2225And boy, boy, boy……why must I refer to my foods as men? But this is one hot……dude.

And I have serious plans for him: like say….a Chilli Chocolate sorbet with salted dulce de leche chunks…..

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I’ll let you know how it goes…..when it does.

In the meantime, I am slowing down…..and taking things easy.

Peace!

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  • Michael
    February 7, 2012 at 12:59 PM

    Excellent looking DDL! I tried doing something similar but I think I cooked it for too long as it turned out candy like

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  • Florence Mills
    October 4, 2010 at 6:41 PM

    microwave ovens can cook your food very fast, i love these ovens:,,

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  • February 26, 2010 at 3:23 PM

    Clever, clever, clever. I’ve always been too scared of exploding tins to try the “boil in the tin” method – but this looks soooo easy! And fast ;-) Thanks!!

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  • February 19, 2010 at 11:43 PM

    Made it! I used two cans of condensed milk (one regular and one skim), because I had them in the pantry, and upped the cooking times slightly – 6 mins on 50% (stirring every 2 mins) and 14 mins on 30% (stirring all the time!). It worked brilliantly – thanks for inspiring me to try again, Oz! :)

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  • February 14, 2010 at 1:42 PM

    wow I never would have thought of this – looks great!

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  • February 14, 2010 at 6:48 AM

    I do the same things u do! always buying hte wrong things of 4getign to buy htat one thing ,…. as bad as my typing ^^ the pics are killing me…i just want to lick! ^^ happy valentiens OZ!

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  • February 14, 2010 at 3:26 AM

    I love reading your posts. You made me laugh again! :) At the beginning of your post I was thinking: “this is a great idea for saving time while making a dulce de leche…”. Than I continued reading and I was thinking: “no no, I would end up exactly the same as Oz)!” :) I will give it a try anyway as I fell in love with DDL :)

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  • February 13, 2010 at 11:02 AM

    Incredible! When I run out of DDL I will make my own next time. I can’t get the vid to display though, link keeps saying error occurred and brings up a Flickr photo instead.
    x

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  • February 13, 2010 at 4:28 AM

    I love this post :) We have much in common, I am frequently a Hurry Up and I love using the microwave for shortcuts. Dulce de leche has always deterred me because I’ve been afraid of boiling the can, but this sounds very quick and do-able. Your step by step pics are fabulous! Emjoy yourdown time.

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  • February 13, 2010 at 3:10 AM

    oh wow so easy I want to make this for J happy valentines

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  • February 13, 2010 at 1:55 AM

    I love this recipe! One of my most favorite things in the whole world – and now you’ve made it so easy for me to make. Your the best!

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  • February 12, 2010 at 11:47 PM

    Well this is definitely a safer version than the boil-in-the-can method commonly (and which I) use! =p

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  • February 12, 2010 at 9:38 PM

    I am going to get a cup of coffee and then come back and read this post again in depth. Because the first time I tried this, it was such a disaster that I wrote off the idea completely. But as always, dear Oz, your photos are soooo persuasive! :)

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    • February 12, 2010 at 11:18 PM

      Trissa – no shame…..at all. Thanks for the vote of confidence! I am really slowing down too…..this year I’ve noticed I’m much more relaxed. I will get there :-0

      Clarity….you’re welcome!

      Christine – welcome back. I don’t regret trying it. Let me know how it goes!

      My spatula – thanks

      Stella, I’m good. Thanks dear!

      Celia dear…enjoy it and don’t bin the idea completely. Another try….a bit slower just might yield the goods!

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  • Stella
    February 12, 2010 at 8:58 PM

    Hi Ozoz, I hope you are doing well. Looks like it! Yum, that looks delicious. My microwave is kind of on its last leg, but I actually might try this before it goes on to the next realm!

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  • February 12, 2010 at 6:18 PM

    dulce de leche is one of my favorite things in the world. yours look like perfection!

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  • February 12, 2010 at 4:08 PM

    I can’t believe how smooth the dulce de leche looks! Will have to try!

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  • February 12, 2010 at 1:47 PM

    You darling,

    I can’t believe I haven’t visited since you posted your lovely comment chez mine.

    Thank you for showing me what I’ve been missing, one hot…. Dulce de Leche

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  • February 12, 2010 at 11:20 AM

    Fantastic idea! There’s no shame in using a microwave and I think making dulce de leche is a perfect reason. And yes, you do need to slow down and smell the roses once in awhile… and read labels! :)

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  • February 12, 2010 at 9:25 AM

    Yummy! this really looks YUMMY :)

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    • February 12, 2010 at 11:15 PM

      Jasmine, you’re welcome
      Lorraine – Yep, mine is almost at that stage but I will make this again…..for sure!

      Natasha – Thanks

      Tuty – I agree – I love quick and ready! Thanks for the photo compliments

      Cherine….must confess it is yummy too!

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  • Tuty
    February 12, 2010 at 6:18 AM

    Microwave version sure beats the oven version. Your photographs made me want to reach the screen and scoop some :-)

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  • February 12, 2010 at 5:19 AM

    How neat! I thought boiling the can of condensed milk in a pot of water was a pretty cool trick, but that sure take a while even if there’s no work involved. I like this recipe – so quick, awesome.

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  • February 12, 2010 at 5:17 AM

    How neat! I thought boiling the can of condensed milk in a pot of water was a pretty cool trick, but that sure take a while even if there’s no work involved. I like this recipe – so quick, awesome!

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  • February 12, 2010 at 12:50 AM

    Excellent looking DDL! I tried doing something similar but I think I cooked it for too long as it turned out candy like :(

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  • February 11, 2010 at 11:22 PM

    OMG, I love dulce the leche, and this is SO tempting!
    Thanks 4 visiting my blog, I’m so glad I know yours now :) I’m adding you to my blogroll as soon as maybe :)
    Cheers
    Jasmine

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  • Krista
    February 11, 2010 at 11:11 PM

    I’ve heard of people doing this but never actually met someone who did! You brave lady. :-) It looks SO creamy and delicious. Mmmmm

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  • February 11, 2010 at 10:05 PM

    Ozoz i am beginning to get the feeling you have a sweet tooth :) i love dulce de leche slathered on toast. mmmm that clean up was probably a right old pain in the bum, but the photo looked beautiful! i dont have a microwave (ya ya ya i know, people think it’s a silly principle) but inshallah when we have a fam, methinks it shall become a necessity, so i am going to file this away amazing recipe of yours- in my head for that day. xo shayma
    ps this can also be eaten straight out of the jar, with just a spoon, right? :)

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