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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.

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‘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!


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


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.


And making plans to do some more cleaning……


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…..


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

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


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