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Dulce de Leche - Specialty Food Glossary

Dulce de Leche Definition, Uses, Recipes, and Buying Guide


Dulce de Leche from Farmhouse La Salamandra
© 2010 Miri Rotkovitz

Definition: Dulce de leche (the literal transation is "sweet of milk" or "candy from milk") is a thick, spreadable milk-based caramel, made by slowly cooking milk, sugar, vanilla, and baking soda until caramelized. (An alternate home recipe involves slowly cooking sweetened condensed milk in the can.) Popular throughout Latin America, with many regional variations, dulce de leche is particulary adored in Argentina, where it is said to have originated.

Pronunciation: DOOL-seh deh LEH-chey

Serving Suggestions:

  • Spread dulce de leche on toasted crusty bread.
  • Stir a spoonful into coffee.
  • Use instead of frosting between cake layers.
  • Try dulce de leche as a crepe filling.
  • Spread between cookies.
  • Serve as a dip for fruit or shortbread.
  • Warm dulce de leche and serve it over ice cream, pancakes, or waffles.

Recommended Recipes:

Traditional Alfajores - Caramel Sandwich Cookies

Mil Hojas de Manjar - Caramel Dulce de Leche Napoleans

Dulce De Leche Pecan Bites

Where to Buy Dulce de Leche:

La Paila Dulce de Leche at igourmet.com. Price: $6.99/16 ounces.

La Salmandra Dulce de Leche at surlatable.com. Certified Kosher. Price:$8.95/16 ounces.


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