Yeah, dulce de leche is some pretty good stuff. If you make it yourself, or you buy it ready made…it still tastes great. But how about coconut dulce de leche? Sure, it’s perfect for those people on a gluten free diet (but so is regular dulce de leche) and of course vegans will be all over it (no dairy…duh) but coconut dulce de leche is REALLY for those of us who can’t get enough coconut. So all you Mounds and Almond Joy freaks…this post’s for you.
read seen about as many posts for “how to make dulce de leche in a crock pot” as you have kale chip recipe posts. That’s the way the food blogging world works. One person writes a post about something that’s easy to make, and photographs really nicely, and every other Tom, Dick and Harriet writes virtually the same post. Food bloggers are original like that. But this post isn’t about breaking out the crock pot, not that I don’t adore my crock pot recipes. No, this recipe requires you to be about a half step above lazy to get to the final product (trust me…it really is only about half of a step).
Before you completely lose it and leave the page, because this is a two part recipe, I’ll also tell you that you can get more than one finished product from this recipe. See…who’s got your back more than me?
To get to the dulce(sweet) part of the coconut leche, you need to cook the coconut milk down. Since coconut milk doesn’t have any added sugar in it, you need to add sugar (preferably coconut sugar – right?) when you do the first reduction. But if you leave the sugar out and cook the coconut milk down, you’ve just made evaporated coconut milk. You can then use this in any recipe you’ve got that calls for evaporated milk. By adding the sugar, in the first step, you get sweetened condensed coconut milk. Same thing…use it in any recipe that calls for regular sweetened condensed milk.
Now we get to the really good part. To make traditional dulce de leche, you further reduce sweetened condensed milk. The long cooking further reduces the water in the milk and caramelizes the sugars giving you that rich sweet taste.
Not sure what to use all this coconutty goodness for? If you insist on being more culinarily astute, and suave, and are bored with just eating it straight from the jar I suggest you you go all tropical with a tres leches cake recipe. Some may think it’s coconut overload, but you and I both know they have no idea what delicious is.
- 2 13.5 Ounce Cans Coconut Milk (not low fat)
- ⅔ Cup Coconut Sugar (could also use regular sugar)
- 1 Tablespoon Pure Vanilla Extract
- Sea Salt
- Shake cans well, open and pour them into a medium size sauce pan.
- Heat, over medium high heat.
- Once the milk begins to boil, reduce heat to a simmer and add the sugar and vanilla.
- Whisk thoroughly.
- Continue to occasionally whisk the mixture and cook for 1½ - 2 hours. You want the mixture to reduce by half.
- (At this point, you have sweetened condensed coconut milk.)
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees Farenheit.
- Pour the sweetened condensed coconut milk into a shallow baking dish.
- Sprinkle a bit of kosher salt on to the mixture.
- Cover tightly with foil.
- Place that baking dish into a larger baking dish.
- Just before placing this into the oven, fill the larger baking dish with hot water. The water should go half way up the side of the smaller dish.
- Cook for 1 - 1½ hours.
- Periodically check to make sure that the water level is still halfway up the sides of the smaller dish. Refill with hot water as necessary.
- Remove from oven and check the color and consistency. (Remove the foil.)
- It should be a nice caramel color and have thickened considerably.
- Whisk until smooth and let cool.
- Once cooled, whisk again and pour into lidded container.
- This will keep for up to 1 week refrigerated.
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