Imagine enjoying a homemade Dulce De Leche in less than an hour, and with virtually no work. With my recipe, you’ll have the most luxurious dessert, without the wait.

Bowl with spoon and dulce de leche in it, jar in the background

One of my favorite childhood treats was the cooked condensed milk. In Ukranian, it’s called zgushchonka and it’s used in many cakes and cookies. The cooked condensed milk is a creamy, sweet dessert that rolls over your tongue and awakens your taste buds. You never forget the taste.

What Is Dulce de Leche?

The term “dulce de leche” originated from Spanish, meaning “sweet milk” or “caramel”. It’s a thick sauce made by slowly heating the sweetened condensed milk until it becomes thicker, sweeter, and has a darker color.

Is Dulce de Leche the same as Caramel Sauce?

Since dulce de leche has a literal translation to caramel and has a caramel color, it’s easy to think that both are the same. However, dulce de leche is not the same as the caramel sauce, and here are the key differences.

Caramel sauce is made by heating sugar with occasional butter and milk, until it turns brown in color. It’s much sweeter than dulce de leche and less thick in texture, resulting in a syrup-like feel.

Dulce de leche, however, is made by heating or cooking sweetened condensed milk until it darkens in color, resulting in a thick, spread-like feel. So while there are many similarities in ingredients and the way they’re prepared, they are two different things.

Bowl with spoon and dulce de leche in it

Tips for Making Dulce de Leche in Instant Pot

Making dulce de leche in the Instant Pot could not be easier, however there are tips and tricks that I’ve learned along the way:

  • Be careful! The jars will be super hot after dulce de leche is cooked. Use a jar lifter to get them out.
  • Do not place them in the refrigerator to avoid speed cooling. Instead, place a towel over the top of the dulce de leche jars while they cool. By allowing for dulce de leche to cool off slowly, you’re allowing it to to result in a thicker texture.
  • To avoid getting burned, let the hot dulce de leche jars cool down completely, before attempting to open them.
  • Cook it longer. You can leave it in the pressure cooker for 35 minutes. Dulce de leche will come out thicker and darker in color.

Uses for Dulce de Leche

Dulce de Leche is a wonderful addition to a number of desserts. Here are some of my favorite ways to use dulce de leche:

  • Stir it into your coffee.
  • Use it as a filling in rolled cakes. Take a look at the dulce de leche cake, it’s a really simple recipe.
  • Try it as a creme filling for macarons.
  • Use it as a spread, over the layers of a waffle cake.
Dulce De Leche waffles

How to Store Dulce de Leche

Store dulce de leche in the refrigerator. Keep it in jars with the lids sealed. Dulce de leche should stay fresh for about one month.

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Natalya Drozhzhin

Natalya founded Momsdish to demonstrate that placing a homemade meal on the table is not hard at all. Natalya makes cooking easier and approachable, by simplifying the ingredients, while still producing the same great taste.