5 Ways to Use Dulce de Leche

Made by heating sweetened milk until it caramelizes and thickens, dulce de leche is a treat for anyone with a serious sweet tooth. Used just like Nutella or melted chocolate, Argentinians often eat it dolloped over flan, spread over toast, or straight from the jar. Here are some ideas to expand your repertoire.

Dulce de Leche
Magdalena’s Dulce de Leche | © Reflex

1. Mixed into yogurt

Sweet dulce de leche contrasts well with the tanginess of plain yogurt. Stir it in with chocolate chips or fruit for dessert.

2. Baked with bananas

Cooking whole, peeled bananas with a few spoonfuls of dulce de leche makes an even richer banana flambé. Drizzle with cream and sprinkle with brown sugar before serving.

3. Mixed into Rice Crispies

For an alternative to Rice Crispy treats, swap out marshmallows for dulce de leche: Mix toasted Rice Crispies with dulce de leche (if the dulce de leche is too thick, whisk it in oil to thin it out). Bake at 350°F until crisp.

4. Glazed over meats

For a sweet-and-savory take on oven cooked meats, whisk dulce de leche into vegetable or chicken stock and Dijon mustard, then spread onto whole chicken, pork, or lamb. Save any remaining pan juices to serve as sauce.

5. Blended into whipped cream

Whisk dulce de leche with heavy whipping cream and dollop onto cookies or cake slices. The dulce de leche will help maintain the structure of the dollop, while the cream will soften the sweetness of the dulce de leche.

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