Instant Pot Dulce de Leche

Instant Pot Dulce de Leche ~ finally, the definitive homemade dulce de leche recipe ~ this one is quick, easy, safe, and utterly fabulous.  It’s just one of the many surprising things you can make in an Instant Pot, from a cold and flu tonic to decadent chocolate cheesecake ~ who knew?

Instant Pot Dulce de Leche is the definitive homemade dulce de leche recipe, it's quick, easy, safe, and utterly fabulous. #instantpot #pressurecooker #homemadedulcedeleche #caramel #diydulcedeleche #instantpotcaramel #dessert #cajeta

This incredibly lush homemade dulce de leche is just a couple of quick steps away, so grab a can of sweetened condensed milk and plug in your Instant Pot.  It’s by far the best method for making homemade dulce de leche that I’ve found, and with the Instant Pot it’s not only the speed of cooking that makes it so special, but the ease of it all.

What is dulce de leche and what can I do with it?

Dulce de leche is a Latin American treat that’s a lot like caramel, except that caramel is made with sugar and water, and dulce de leche is made with sugar and milk..  It loosely translates to milk jam or milk candy, and I’d say that’s pretty accurate.   To make it you slowly heat sweetened milk until it thickens and the sugars basically caramelize.  The resulting spread can be slathered on ice cream, toast, biscuits, croissants, cornbread, you name it.  And you can bake with it, too.  In our house we usually just go at it with a spoon, but if we can keep it around long enough, this instant pot recipe is going to come in handy when I’m craving a batch of my HOT DULCE DE LECHE.  And when the weather warms up, think about some NO CHURN DULCE DE LECHE ICE CREAM!

The Instant Pot pressure cooker uses high pressure to speed up the Maillard Reaction (a fancy culinary term for the caramelizing of the milk) to transform sweet milk into a thick rich caramel in a fraction of the time of ordinary diy methods.  This same browning transformation is responsible for some of the most tempting flavors on earth, from grilled meats to roasted coffee.  Dulce de leche is right up there with them, and once you take a taste, it’s really hard to stop.

The process is dead simple ~ pour a can of sweetened condensed milk into a glass canning jar.  I used a Weck jar, but any will do.  Top it with foil or screw on the lid, then place it in your Instant Pot pressure cooker and fill the pot with water, to within an inch of the top of the jar.  Cook on high for 45 minutes, let cool, and voilà, you’ve got thick creamy caramel.

Why bother making homemade dulce de leche when you can just open a can?  Well, you can do that, if you can find it in your supermarket, but my super scientific taste test revealed that this homemade Instant Pot dulce de leche is far superior.

Safety Note: This recipe is formulated for the Instant Pot.  Please don’t try this with stove top pressure cookers as I haven’t tested it on other models.  Always follow all safety instructions in your manual, and follow the recipe instructions carefully.

Instant Pot Dulce de Leche

Yield: makes 1/2 pint

Instant Pot Dulce de Leche

Ingredients

  • 1 14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk (you can do up to 3 cans in one batch if you like)

Instructions

  1. Scrape out all the condensed milk into a pint sized mason jar, or similar canning jar.
  2. Cover the jar tightly with foil or screw on the cap.
  3. Place the rack at the bottom of your Instant Pot and then place the jar on the rack. Fill the Instant pot with water, up to 1 inch from the top of the jar. Close and lock the Instant Pot lid, and set the pressure release valve to sealed.
  4. Press 'Pressure Cook' and set the timer to 45 minutes.
  5. When the machine beeps, press cancel and unplug. Let the pressure release naturally, and then open the lid and carefully remove the hot jar.
  6. Let the jar cool down, it will be VERY hot. Do not be tempted to taste the dulce de leche until it has cooled.
  7. When cool enough to handle, stir vigorously to remove the lumps and smooth out the caramel. I like to give it a whirl in my small food processor to make it extra silky.
  8. Store your dulce de leche in the refrigerator for up to a month. Good luck getting it to last that long ;)
  9. Reheat chilled dulce de leche gently in the microwave.

Notes

When using an Instant Pot or other pressure cooker, always read and follow all the instructions provided with your machine, especially the safety instructions.

Make it your own ~

  • You can also make dulce de leche on the stove top, (but the cans can explode) in a slow cooker, (takes a looooooong time) in a double boiler, (hope your stirring arm’s in shape) or in the oven, (my second choice if you don’t have an Instant Pot.)

 

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INSTANT POT ORANGE CHICKEN LETTUCE WRAPS ~ Foodiecrush

 


 

CHOCOLATE ESPRESSO PUDDING CAKE ~ Instant Pot

 


 

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PERFECT SOFT AND HARD BOILED EGGS IN THE INSTANT POT ~ Skinnytaste

 


 

INSTANT POT VIETNAMESE FISH CONGEE ~ Delightful Plate

 


 

FAST NO SOAK BEANS IN THE INSTANT POT ~ Simply Recipes

 


 

VANILLA EXTRACT ~ The Kitchn

 


 

INSTANT POT BONE BROTH ~ 40 Aprons

 


 

INSTANT POT CHOCOLATE CHEESECAKE ~ Simply Happy Foodie

 


 

DYNAMITE COLD TONIC ~ 101 Cookbooks

 


 

INSTANT POT CORNED BEEF AND CABBAGE ~Amy + Jacky

 


 

APPLESAUCE ~ Life is But a Dish

 


 

INSTANT POT CHOCOLATE ZUCCHINI CAKE ~ 365 DAYS OF SLOW COOKING

Instant Pot Dulce de Leche is the definitive homemade dulce de leche recipe, it's quick, easy, safe, and utterly fabulous. #instantpot #pressurecooker #homemadedulcedeleche #caramel #diydulcedeleche #instantpotcaramel #dessert #cajeta

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    Lea Ann (Cooking On The Ranch)
    March 4, 2018 at 6:11 am

    Thanks for a great line up of recipes to try! Time to get that Instant Pot fired up. Happy Sunday Sue.

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    Marcela
    March 3, 2018 at 7:49 am

    Hi I have read your post on dulce de leche on instant pot. For years I have made it and you don’t need to scrap condensed Milk into a jar. You just put one or two cans (labels removed) into the instant pot and 45 or 50 minutes later you have it!

    • Reply
      Sue
      March 3, 2018 at 8:09 am

      I guess I just feel better with it cooking in the glass jar, Marcela, but it’s good to know you can skip that step if you want to!

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    Paula | Vintage Kitchen
    February 27, 2018 at 3:33 am

    Wow, this might be the best idea ever Sue! I would never put a closed jar in an instant pot, so this discovery is worth millions. I am from Argentina where dulce de leche is as common as peanut butter there. A million brands. Still, I love homemade everything and this method blew my mind. Thanks!

    • Reply
      Sue
      February 27, 2018 at 7:31 am

      I’m like a kid with a new toy with this machine, it opens up so many possibilities for fun in the kitchen. I thought the IP dulce de leche had a better (fresher, more natural) flavor than the canned, for sure. Enjoy :)

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    Ana S. Troccoli
    February 26, 2018 at 9:06 am

    I read your whole recipe expecting a very short cooking time on the IPot… but for 45 minutes its not worth it for me to spend money buying one… I’ve been boiling the cans of Sweetened condensed milk for ages and it’s given me perfect results all the time!

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    Laura | Tutti Dolci
    February 25, 2018 at 10:47 pm

    I love dulce de leche, this looks heavenly!

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    Tricia @ Saving Room for Dessert
    February 25, 2018 at 12:04 pm

    Wow – I love that you did a side-by-side comparison and taste test. This looks fantastic! Thanks for sharing all these great recipes – I must give them a try!

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    Tracey Mardon
    February 25, 2018 at 9:06 am

    We loved the Beef Bourginon! Looking forward to your yogurt! Thanks

    • Reply
      Sue
      February 25, 2018 at 9:35 am

      It’s so funny, I’m trying to space out my IP recipes for the sake of the ‘non-believers’, but I have so many I want to share asap :)

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    Lea Ann (Cooking On The Ranch)
    February 25, 2018 at 8:51 am

    Pinned! Can’t wait to try this one. Thanks for all of the IP recipes you’ve been posting.

    • Reply
      Sue
      February 25, 2018 at 9:32 am

      I’m so glad you’re excited like I am Lea Ann ~ right this minute I’ve got a foccacia bread proofing in the ‘pot’!

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    Angie@Angie's Recipes
    February 25, 2018 at 7:07 am

    That’s exactly how I made dulce de leche with my pressure cooker! Easy peasy!

    • Reply
      Sue
      February 25, 2018 at 7:15 am

      dangerously easy :)

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