I need some for an ice cream recipe. Is it worth the 3 hours to make my own? I've never used dulce de leche so I didn't know. I think the process to make is very easy just time consuming.
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Kristen is the Creative Director of Food52
Making it is fun and super easy if you have the time (just never leave it alone -- it can get dangerous if the water boils off). But if you don't have the time, just buy it. Your ice cream will still be good.
Pegeen is a trusted home cook.
Are you incorporating the dulce into the ice cream or using it as a topping?
If using as a topping, you could possibly sub a caramel sauce. Lots of great ready-made ones or make your own. It won't take 3 days - just an hour or so - but you do ideally need to use a very heavy pot, like an enameled dutch oven. So if you don't have one of those already, see if you can borrow one. Or just buy a great caramel sauce!
Or, you can buy really great ready-made caramel sauces.
I would make it for sure if you have the time; sweetened condensed milk is CHEAP and dulce de leche is expensive. For such a low-intensity process of making it at home, I think you can't go wrong just DIYing it. Plus you'll probably impress whoever is going to be eating your dulce de leche!
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