The only thing that contained my impatience was fear. The fear of being scarred for life and of the kitchen turning into a battleground. So I had to let the can sit like a little tin queen while I threw sidelong glances its way each time I crossed the threshold into the kitchen.
Then it was payback time. I opened it and all that waiting had returned to me a deep, glorious, golden dollop named Dulce le leche (DOOL-seh deh LEH-chey). I called her name and she came. I must have looked surprised because Dulce le leche was divine and regal. I would never have guessed that she had once been a simple little milkmaid. A 'Milkmaid Condensed Milk'.
This is all thanks to Quinn of Quinn's Baking Diary. The young Quinn who bakes like a pro ( you must see her lovely blog) and who made dulce de leche here. I had met sweet Quinn briefly when she returned home for the Chinese New Year holidays earlier this year. She had given me a set of these bright and cheery pumpkin coloured baking accessories. Exactly what I needed.
I have plans for these line dancing dulce de leche. Oh yes I do.
Slide to the right, slide to the left
Cha cha cha......cha cha cha.......
And while you're here go for the Chocolate Shortbread Thumbprint cookies with Dulce De Leche AND a GIVEAWAY!!
The recipe ~
1 can of condensed milk
A large pot
Lots of water
Lots of patience
Place the de-labelled can of condensed milk into the pot. Fill it up with water until the can is submerged with about 2 inches of water over the top of the can.
Bring to a boil and then lower to a simmer. Cover pot with a lid and wait. For at least 2 to 3 hours. Or more, like I did. I left mine on a very small simmer for about 4.5 hours. Or was it five?
Once done I left can in the pot for 30 minutes and then placed the whole pot under running water in the sink. When the can is cool enough to handle lift it out and let it stand. NEVER OPEN THE CAN AT THIS STAGE. IT WILL EXPLODE.
Let it stand overnight. Temper your tastebuds to the glory of dulce de leche the next morning.
Note: Thanks to Wendy of Table for 2 or more I realize that what I used was in fact Condensed Filled Milk (but not sweetened creamer) which is different from pure Condensed Milk. Condensed Filled Milk contains part palm oil. But hey! I'm not complaining. I got perfect dool-sey deh leh-chey, no? Sometimes miracles do happen :).
So, my fellow Malaysians, no excuse not to make dool-sey deh leh-chey anymore, yes?