Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Easy Homemade Arequipe, Dulce de Leche or Milk Caramel

Arequipe is made by cooking milk and sugar until they thicken into a luxurious pale orange caramel. It is considered the national dessert in Colombia. The two most common ways to eat Arequipe is either sandwiched between 2 obleas (paper-thin communion wafers, varying in size) or straight out of the jar using a spoon. On the coast you can find this dessert sold in coconut shells, probably not very sanitary but authentic. As I have said I am not a huge sweets fan but whenever I get the chance I indulge - in Miami you can already find Arequipe in the latin section of most supermarkets.... Eddy's even has a Dulce de Leche ice cream flavor that is scrumptious! It is very versatile, my x-husband used to brew his own beer and the secret ingredient in one of his batches was arequipe - it was so good!

1. Place a can of sweet condensed milk in a pot of boiling water for 2-3 hours, constantly adding water to keep the can covered.
2. Let cool, open the can and enjoy!

Caution: If the pot is allowed to boil dry, the can will overheat and explode. Do not leave unattended please... You can not imagine the mess!

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