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If you are studying Spanish in Buenos Aires you will have surely noticed that there are many cakes, pastries, cookies, pancakes, and many more sweet-related foods that have this caramel coloured condiment added.  This deliciously sweet condiment is a staple in the Argentine diet and no visit to Argentina should go without trying this sweet stuff, better know as Dulce de Leche (Sweet Milk).

Dulce de Leche is prepared by slowly heating sweetened milk (condensed milk) to create something that is very similar to caramel, in both consistency and color.  Here in Argentina every family, supermarket, café, restaurant, and more, carry Dulce de Leche, and the locals can’t seem to get enough of it.   There are some other recipes that make for a similar product, but since we are speaking of Argentina, we will stick with this delicious form of it.

Recipe for Dulce de Leche

Ingredient: Condensed Milk or Milk and Sugar

Put the condensed milk or milk mixed with plenty of sugar in a sauce pan and simmer, constantly stirring!  ( If you do not stir, the mixture with burn onto the bottom of the pot).

You will probably have to do this for about 2 hours, so keep a book or something entertaining handy, until the mixture become brown and thick like syrup.

Once the mixture is thick poor it into another bowl to cool. Then, use it how you like: to spread on toast, add to a cake, cover cookies, or just eat it with a spoon!

This is a very easy recipe, only slight time consuming but always worth the effort. If you are living in Buenos Aires, it can easily be bought anywhere groceries or sold but if you go back home, remember this recipe!