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Friday, January 28, 2011

Dulce de Leche Ice Cream





From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...I've made a slight change to the dessert menu for Super Bowl Sunday. Rather than serve sundaes, I've decided to make ice cream sandwiches using dulce de leche ice cream and chocolate wafer cookies. I think they'll make for easier clean-up and might actually be a better fit for our extremely casual menu. This is, hands down, one of the easiest and best ice creams I've ever made. It uses no sugar or eggs, and its sweetness comes from dulce de leche, a thick, caramel flavored sauce that is popular in Latin America. The canned sauce can be found in most large grocery stores, but it can also be made quite easily at home. Homemade versions of the sauce are the only available option for folks living in areas where dulce de leche is not available or is too expensive for them to purchase. The classic sauce is a mix of milk and sugar that is cooked and stirred for hours on end. The sauce that I use is much easier and can be made in one of two ways. Both begin with cans of sweetened condensed milk that are stripped of their paper labels. To make the stovetop version, you'll need to poke two small holes in the lid of a condensed milk can and place it, upright, in a heavy bottomed pot that's been filled with water that comes about a quarter of an inch below the top of the can. The milk is simmered in the can for 3 hours and during that time the water level is kept constant. The method I use is simpler still. I place the cans on their sides in a 5 quart crock-pot, cover them with hot water by at least an inch and cook them, covered, on HIGH power for eight hours. Whichever method you use, be careful when removing the cans from water. They are screeching hot and can cause severe burns. When the cans come to room temperature the sauce, which will be quite thick, is ready to use. It is dissolved in a mixture of milk and heavy cream and quick-chilled before being poured into an ice cream maker. I think you'll like this ice cream. It is delicious and nearly effortless to make. The recipe was originally developed by Mariana Crespo for Gourmet magazine. Here's how the ice cream is made.

Dulce de Leche Ice Cream...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite, courtesy of Mariana Crespo

Ingredients:

2 cups whole milk
1 cup heavy cream
1-2/3 cups dulce de leche (store bought or homemade)
1/8 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
3/4 cup chopped pecans (2 1/2 to 3 oz), toasted

Directions:
1) Bring milk and cream just to a boil in a 3-quart heavy saucepan over moderate heat, then remove from heat and whisk in dulce de leche until dissolved. Whisk in vanilla and transfer to a metal bowl. Quick-chill by putting bowl in a larger bowl of ice and cold water and stirring occasionally until cold, 15 to 20 minutes.
2) Freeze mixture in ice cream maker until almost firm, then fold in pecans.
3) Transfer ice cream to an airtight container and put in freezer to harden, at least 1 hour. Yield: 1-1/2 quarts.

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77 comments :

Three-Cookies said...

Hi Mary, thanks for visiting my site earlier, now I know your site. I love dulce de leche and first recipe I see is dulce de leche ice cream...now I am craving:) Love your recipes

Faith said...

I made dulce de leche for the first time during Christmas...its sooo good. I actually had mine on the stove top for three hours because I was nervous to do the can method, but I will have to give it a try because I got tired of having to stir it a ton! The icecream sounds amazing!

Priya said...

Omg, cant take my eyes form the click...delicious icecream..

Jeannie said...

Would be even more effortless to eat that bowl of ice cream!:D

muppy said...

That looks gorgeous, i am hoping to have an ice cream maker one day....

alwayswinner786 said...

Simply divine Mary! I am salivating!

Asteri said...

I lovw ice cream!!! delicious!!!

Elin said...

Mary...this is lip-smacking good ice cream dessert. Thanks for sharing the recipe. Have bookmarked it !

Have a nice day,
Elin

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Mary, your recipes always sound so very good... like the one perfect bite you chase. =) Blessings to you ~ Tanna

The Blonde Duck said...

Dulche de leche is my weakness.

Blog is the New Black said...

Looks wonderful! Ice cream is my FAVORITE!

Peter M said...

Dulce de Leche on its own is a delight - in ice cream...divine!

Katrina V. said...

Beautiful1

Beverly said...

If I share this post with my son, you will have a new devotee. This would surely speak to his heart.♥

Gloria said...

Mary I love Dulce de leche and this Ice cream look delicious, take care, x gloria

tatabonita (y-rahmasari) said...

This ice cream must be so dulce as its name :D

Jenn said...

I've got to stop coming here in the morning... everything you post makes me so hungry....and ice cream is no exception! Good tip on making the dulce de leche too...I just found that little crockpot trick out!

Kim said...

This is probably my favorite ice cream, and I don't think that I can wait until summer to prepare some.... This looks reaaly good!

bellini valli said...

I remember the first time I ever had an ice cream sandwhich on the streets of Disney World, Florida. This does sound like a good one Mary that is decadent without the fuss.

Clint said...

Decadent. But will I have room for it after I've consumed all those fancy hot dogs?

Michael Toa said...

Mary, the ice cream looks divine! I love dulce de leche. How wonderful.

Caroline B. said...

Hello dear Mary! Currently I saliva front of the screen while watching this nice bowl of ice cream with one of my favorite flavors. Since I love making ice cream, I note the recipe to try soon. Have a nice day! Caroline B.

kath said...

Mary, you nailed the creamy goodness of your Dulce de Leche Ice Cream with your photo! I envy the lucky people who will be watching the Super Bowl at your house! :)

lena said...

thanks for the notes of making dll at home, i never thought of doing this in a slow cooker pot.

FOODESSA said...

Anyone that has enjoyed Dulce de Leche will want to have a taste of that refreshing scrumptious ice-cream...yummy!

Flavourful wishes,
Claudia

June said...

Great idea to make ice cream sandwiches, particularly with this fabulous ice cream. Great tips on making Dulce de Leche from scratch too. You're responsible for my finally finding a use for the crock pot. Ha.

Lynda said...

I love dulce de leche and it's so easy to make in the crock pot. Your ice cream looks fantastic Mary; I've got to give this a try.
Have a wonderful day!

♥LOVE2COOK♥ said...

Hi Ms Mary, greetings from Malaysia! ;)

Thank you so much for dropping by at my blog and leaving your precious comment. ;)

Am so drooling from the time I entered your yummy blog now. I made dulce de leche last night as per David's recipe. Wanted to make something using it and this Ice cream is bookmarked! Marvelous! :D

From the Kitchen said...

This is one of my favorites. It's a great dessert to accompany your Super Bowl menu.

Best,
Bonnie

C&G said...

just discovered your blog and plenty of good recipes and ideas! Wonderful photos. Thanks for visiting! You can count us among your followers. Have a great weekend! Giorgia & Cyril

Brandie@thecountrycook said...

You are just so clever. Dulce De Leche ice cream sandwiches sound heavenly! I want to come to your house for Super Bowl Sunday!

PeggyR said...

This sounds devine!

Elisabeth said...

Hi Mary-Dulce de Leche is one of my all time favorite ice creams, and I love your version of it. I browsed through your other posts, and I'm loving each and every one of your creations.
What I also found intriguing is how you find time to post every day, and be linking each of your recipes to other bloggers. No wonder you have so many followers. That is so generous of you!
Thank you so much for your kind comment on my blog, and for sure I'm following your blog.
I don't want to miss out on your posts, and beautiful photos of your foods!
Have a wonderful weekend!

briarrose said...

I fear I may have drooled a little. That looks so good!

Shelley said...

Dulce de Leche ice cream sandwichs sound divine! Your guests are too spoiled!

aipi said...

U make me drool and crave for dulche de leche, Not Fair!
looks n sounds amazing :)

US Masala

Carol at Serendipity said...

Mary,

This is too perfect. I may have to be a copy cat. I am trying to get my super menu just perfect as in everything made ahead and easy to serve and clean up.

Great post.

Carol

Umm Mymoonah said...

This looks absolutely divine, I'm simply craving for that bowl of ice cream

Chele said...

Oh wow! I could dive nose first into a big pool of this ice cream right now!!!

lostpastremembered said...

I've been making Martha Stewart's ice cream cookies for years... they are great... this would be a wonderful ice cream to put between the chocolate cookies.. I love dulce de leche! WHat a lucky group you have to get these for game day, very lucky!

Tasha said...

Now this would be the dessert I would be all over. Love the idea to make them into sandwiches- perfect for an informal party! One of these days, I'm going to invest in an ice cream maker...

Cher said...

Mary - thank you for stopping by my site. I am so glad you did, because I was able to discover yours!
Dulce de Leche ice cream is one of my daughters favorites - it is nice to have a new recipe for it to try on her!

Joanne said...

Dulce de leche is one of my favorite dessert flavors and I love that this ice cream isn't sweetened with anything else! So...I'll be coming over for the superbowl. Just so you know.

yummychunklet said...

This looks delicious! I may have to use my Sur La Table gift card on an ice cream maker now...

ann said...

Mary, I am always amazed and delighted when I visit your blog. This ice cream looks so good.

Leslie said...

Mmmmmmm. I just had some dulce de leche frozen yogurt yesterday...AMAZING!

That Girl said...

I think you should make ice cream sandwiches out of the ice cream and those brownies!

Nourhan @ Miss Anthropist's Kitchen said...

YUM!! I NEED to make this!

GLENDA CHILDERS said...

I used the same method for making caramel one time . . . it was for a wonderful Irish treat called "Banofee Pie." The name comes from the ingredients ~ bananas and toffee. Have you ever had it, Mary?

Fondly,
Glenda

Ginny said...

Oh man this looks so good!!!! Now what is the difference between dulce de leche and caramel? I've always wondered about that. What section of the store would this be in? This also seems to have less fat then regular ice cream.

Valérie said...

This ice cream looks excellent! I've been meaning to make my own dulce de leche (using sweetened condensed milk), but making ice cream from it sounds too decadent to resist!

Pushpa said...

You left me craving for this ice cream looks delicious.

Janice said...

looks divine.

Barbara said...

Now you've done it, Mary! My two favorite things: ice cream and dulce de leche...and together yet!
Oh dear. I wish I weren't dieting!
Copying this for when I'm NOT! So hard to write and read food blogs when you're counting calories.

Susan said...

Mary has struck my heart again!!! I am making this for a birthday party on Tuesday. Found the dulce de leche in the Hispanic section of Walmart...but, of course, I am in the deep south!! Cannot wait to taste this!! Susan

Magdalena said...

Hello: I have just written a comment on another blog that I love ice cream, but I never prepare them at home. The same as regards bread....maybe because my kitchen is too small and I do not have enough space for the equipment I would like to have :)
Anyway, I love dulce de leche ice cream; my favorite is haagens dazs (I know, it is an industrial company, but I like their ice cream).
Best regards, Magdalena

suesueb said...

This sounds delicious! I've made caramel this way several times and putting it into ice cream must be heavenly. I'll have to do this for my D-I-L's bday because that's her fave. Thanks!

Jean | Delightful Repast said...

Mary, this sounds delicious. And, I agree, sounds like an easier alternative on Game Day than sundaes--the fewer dirty dishes the better!

Candace said...

Mary, I never knew that you could make the caramel sauce in a crockpot. How wonderful! I've always been intimidated to try to make it in a saucepan. The crockpot scares me a little less. Thank you for this recipe! I sure wish that I could be at your house for Super Bowl Sunday. Yum!

teresa said...

oh this has my mouth absolutely watering! i LOVE dulce de leche, i can't imagine how good it is in ice cream!

Sis. Boom. said...

Fantastic! For the longest time the markets around me did not have the canned D de L and I had to use the crock pot method. I never liked that much planning ahead stuff. This sounds like such a winner!
Trevor Sis Boom.
P.S. Thank you for such a lovely comment on my blog today. It really made my day! I will be back here for sure but I've already spent an hour here and my boss is going to get mad!

Karen Harris said...

Hi Mary! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and leaving such a sweet message. I'm so happy to hear that such a great blogger reads mine every now and then! I read yours often but don't comment much which I promise to change in the future. It means so much to hear what your readers think.

I have never cooked the Eagle Brand in the can to make Dulce de Leche but I have wanted to ever since I heard it call "Danger Pudding." Now if that's not enough to make me want to give it a try, I don't know what is.

Les rêves d'une boulangère (Brittany) said...

I can't even imagine how yummy this would be. I'm sure everyone was glad with the menu change up. I mean, who can be disappointed with dulce de leche...in icecream!!

Modern Crush said...

Mary, WOW. WOW. WOW. Dulce de Leche is my absolute favorite! We really got into ice cream making last year, so I am anxious to try this. Thank you so much for coming by, I am sure glad I didn't miss this post!!!

xo
Georgia

xinex said...

I would love to have some of this right now, Mary. Looks so delicious...Christine

scrambledhenfruit said...

Yes please, I'd love a scoop of this on an ice cream sandwich, snow or no snow!

A Canadian Foodie said...

My daughter did this for a party - salted toffee ice cream with homemade peanut butter cookies. It was killer. Then she did coconut pineapple ice cream with oatmeal cookies. Had them each wrapped in parchment and tied with twine. That way, they didn't get eaten, they stayed frozen and fresh in the freezer for another day!
So, you have your menu set? This looks SCRUMPTIOUS.
Wish I was coming!
Valerie

Rita said...

Wonderfully rich and creamy; can almost taste it.

Foley said...

Be still my heart..my fav ice cream. Have already copied the recipe. Making them into sandwiches look fantastic..

Don't Make Me Call My Flying Monkeys! said...

Those look sinful! The ice cream is such a beautiful color and I love nothing more then a deep, dark chocolate cookie.

Don't Make Me Call My Flying Monkeys! said...

Those look sinful! The ice cream is such a beautiful color and I love nothing more then a deep, dark chocolate cookie.

Yasmin said...

Yum! I supprisingly have never made ice-cream before. I'd love to make this recipe and add it to my favourites.

Lori said...

I love dulce de leche. So delicious. And since I love ice cream I know I would like this. I did attempt to make this last summer. I went to my stash and could not find my can of dulce de leche. Major bummer. Now I have restocked my dulce de leche. I am armed and ready.

Eliana said...

Looks and Sounds divine Mary!

Walnuts and Honey said...

OMG uncanny, i made this for a dinner party recently... but when the guests came round one of them took the container out of the freezer to put in a bottle of vodka.... there was no icecream for them... but i had it in the morning! its.... SO.... GOOD!

Thankyou for sharing. If you have time feel free to drop by my blog. i have pics from the culinary olympics in germany... so inspirational!

Keep blogging and stay cool lol :)

My Little Space said...

Mary, I love this ice-cream making method. So easy and no machine required. Good on me! Bookmarked it! Thanks again <3
Kristy

Linda... said...

omgoodness1 I've got to try this. I've been browsing your site and really enjoying it. c u soon.

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