Posted by: gypsytales | December 18, 2009

Dulce de Leche

Large tub of Dulce de Leche




Dulce de Leche is an Argentinian delicacy.  It reminds me of when I was a child and for a treat my mother would boil condensed milk in a tin for ages until it had become caramel.  This is the closest description I can come up with. 

There are a number of urban legends as to how this delicacy was discovered.  The circumstances vary from war to wealthy families but the main character is always the same.  In most cases it is said that the house help was busy boiling milk on the stove, a distraction called her attention away from keeping an eye on the stove and by the time she had returned the milk had burnt.  The hungry family had no choice but to eat the charred results only to be delighted by the outcome…hence the discovery of Dulce de Leche.

The consistency is rich and thick and no breakfast would be complete without it.  Dulce de Leche is used as a spread on bread, fillings in pastries and my personal favourite…a large scooped teaspoon, sipped along with strong Argentinian coffee…pure indulgence.



  1. Yum!!!

  2. I second that! YUM! YUM! :o)

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