~No-Muss, No-Fuss Dolce de Leche~
12-14 oz Can good quality Sweetened Condensed Milk
(you can make as many as you like and store them for later)
Special Tools - 6" deep sauce or stock pot
Teapot (preferably with a fine neck)
NOTE - if you prefer a more liquidly sauce, you can boiled for 1-1.5 hrs
That is all you're going to need for this mid week recipe! Its one of my personal favorite tricks not only for its ease and delicious results but because it lets me do THIS!
In this recipe, you're trying to oxidize sugars through pyrolysis (heat decomposition) taking a polysaccharide, in this case Sucrose, and reducing it to Fructose and Glucose. Caramel is made of oxidized forms of those two. What makes this different is that since you're going to cook the sugars in the milk inside the sealed can, the process is accelerated. The water heats the can, creating kinetic energy which causes pressure to build, which in turn causes it to heat further. All the molecules whizzing around and crashing into each other and the sides create a lot of pressure on the can but the kinetic energy of the boiling water creates pressure of its own, keeping the can's equilibrium intact. As with an egg, if you tried to cook it without any water distributing the heat and pressing from the outside, the can would heat far to quickly, stress cracks would form and it might burst. Fun with food. Dolce de Leche in a blast cooker. It's SCIENCE!
~~~FOOD SCIENCE CONTENT~~~
There you have it! Dolce De Leche in a still sealed can! Delicious and Conveniently storable! Great on ice-cream, fruit, in coffee, truffle filling, cakes, flans, cheesecakes, cookies, pancakes... so many options.
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