I had a brilliant idea.
Well, dulce de leche is basically just milk and sugar cooked low and slow until a thick, speadable caramel forms, right? So, why couldn’t other non dairy milks work?
My first attempt involved soy milk. After patiently waiting over a low stove, all I was rewarded with was a gloopy, clumpy and oddly mushroom soupy paste. Fail.
Fortunately, I had another brilliant idea. Remember this recipe?
I was going to be rich. I would make my millions on vegan dulce de leche.
I got to work. Stirring, waiting, stirring, tasting. It was all going to plan.
The coconut milk and sugar mixture turned in to a gorgeous, smooth and slightly coconut scented caramel. Heaven on a spoon.
Then, I googled it.
Turns out that several other, and much more prominent, people have already figured this out.
So, I won’t get rich off of it.
But, it is still brilliant, even if I’m not.
*Update: I made this recipe again but this time used canned coconut milk that happened to have emulsifiers and thickeners in it, DON’T DO IT! The mixture turned out clumpy and gooey and tasting a bit like mushrooms. Not exactly what you want in a dulce de leche. So, make sure that your canned coconut milk is coconut milk only (guar gum doesn’t seem to have an effect on the final product, so don’t worry if this ingredient is listed). The original recipe was made using Aroy-D brand of coconut milk*
- 2 cans (28 oz) coconut milk
- 1 cup ( brown sugar
- ½ tsp salt
- In a medium pot, mix together coconut milk, sugar and salt.
- Heat until the coconut milk starts to boil.
- Reduce heat to low and cook for 1-2 hours, stirring regularly to prevent burning.
- Feel free to cook it for less time for a thinner consistency.
- You'll know its done when it's thick and deep brown.
- Allow to cool.
BEN’S VERDICT (AKA A MEATEATER RESPONDS):
Another recipe for ambrosia! This one is equally delicious, but is thicker, with a creamy, buttery texture. When Jen offered some to me on a piece of sweet slice of Thai bread as a snack, I accepted, but because I love savoury food, what I really wanted was cheese. Now, when she offers me something savoury on bread, I will secretly be hoping for this vegan Dulce de leche.