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Sweets | Dulce de Leche Ice Cream

Posted on September 7, 2011

Translated from Spanish, dulce de leche means "sweet of milk." Basically, it's caramel made with milk and sugar. For this recipe, you can make the dulce de leche as described below, or buy already made and mix into the ice cream base.

Yield: 2 pints / 1 quart

dulce de leche ice cream


6 cups whole milk, divided 4 and 2

1 cup sugar

2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1 cup heavy cream



To prepare the dulce de leche, place 4 cups milk, sugar, vanilla extract, salt, and baking soda in a large saucepan, whisking to blend thoroughly. Heat over medium-high heat and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and cook, stirring often, until deep golden brown and reduced to 2 cups, about 1-1/2 hours. Remove from heat.

Or use dulce de leche already made, see picture below.

Pour remaining 2 cups milk and heavy cream into the dulce de leche, whisking to combine. Transfer the ice cream base to a heatproof medium mixing bowl and place inside a larger bowl of ice water, stirring to cool as quickly as possible.

Cover the ice cream base and refrigerate until cold, about 3 to 4 hours. Process in an ice cream maker according to manufacturer's instructions. Transfer ice cream to a freezer-proof container and freeze until firm, about 30 minutes.

dulce de leche


(Ref. Sur La Table's "Dulce de Leche Ice Cream" recipe, "Bobby Flay's Grill It!" class.)