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I can’t describe my abuelita into words. Her green eyes and her wrinkly hands. Her tenderness, her firmness, her stories. Her 6 kids once asked her which grandchild she loved the most, and she said me! Now as a mother, I can’t believe she actually admitted it. I was so loved by her… Dulce de Leche is one of those Mexican desserts that reminds me of her.
I was at Walmart the other day, and I always go down the Hispanic food aisle. There, I found Nescafe and La Lechera. As a good Mexican, I will admit that these are two products I have ALL the time in my cupboard. They remind me of my abuelita’s humble kitchen in Mexico with only a light bulb dangling above the table. That’s where everything happened – chistes and making tamales, homework after school with un chocolate caliente.
How to Make Dulce de Leche:
1- Pour the sweetened condensed milk and salt into a pie pan. Cover with aluminum foil. Place in shallow pan (pan should be larger than pie plate). Fill pan with hot water. Place in a 425 degrees F oven for 1 hour. Whisk. Let cool before using.
2- Pour the sweetened condensed milk and salt into a heavy pot. Over a double boiler, whisk until it turns a caramel color. About 40 minutes. Let cool before using.
Especially now that it’s Hispanic Heritage Month, I want my son to know the flavors my abuelita taught me. The flavors of my culture, the stories of my family. That’s why it’s so important for me to cook with him. This is his chubby little hand pouring out the sweetened condensed milk into a pie pan.
I can hear her asking me, ¿Le falta sal? I’m using sea salt here. A little goes a long way.
Be very careful and keep the kiddos away while you’re whisking. My abuelita once burned herself while she was whisking. OUCH!
Next move onto the dough. These are the mini refrigerated biscuits.
Put a small amount of dulce de leche in the center. Then roll them up into a little ball.
These Dulce de Leche Donuts go so well with my morning cafecito. My abuelita would have loved these. They’re also perfect for parties. We’re only talking a few ingredients here. You can even make the dulce de leche ahead of time. Since you’re frying them, they only take a few minutes to make, and they are a huge crowd pleaser. iBuen Provecho!
Hungry for More?
Dulce de Leche Donuts
- 1 package of mini biscuit dough
- ½ cup dulce de leche
- 1 stick butter
- powdered sugar optional
- - Open the container of refrigerated mini biscuit dough.
- - Add a small amount of dulce de leche in the center of the dough.
- - Pinch the ends of the dough to close and form into a small ball. Set aside.
- - In a deep frying pan, add butter.
- - Fry dough for 3 minutes on each side or until golden brown.
- - Remove from pan and drain on a paper towel. Dust with powdered sugar. Enjoy!