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Oct 8, 2009 08:50 AM

Great use for a can of Dulce de leche?

Some time back I bought a can of dulce de leche because I planned to make a quick dessert -- namely banoffee pie [the can was the quick alternative to boiling milk for hours on the stove]. But I never did make it after all. And I just looked in the cupboard and it is best used by Oct 09, so the time is now!

I *love* the flavor and I still would like to make banoffee pie, but I'd like something else for this round, as I am afraid the banoffee pie won't get eaten in one setting, and...well, brown, left-over bananas are not beloved in my family.

If you could suggest your favorite dulce de leche thing, using one can, I'd appreciate it. Pies, cakes, bars/cookies, and whatever else are all welcome.


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  1. Warmed and spooned over ice cream and/or poundcake, maybe sprinkled w/some toasted nuts or coconut. Could also add sliced bananas or peaches to the mix. Or make blonde brownie sundaes--brownie square as base, ice cream, dulce de leche, nuts. At a party I attended once, someone served it as a dip on a tray of fresh fruit--apple and pear slices, strawberries and pineapple, all perched on the end of skewers.

    1. Cheesecake--save about 1 1/2 cups of cheesecake batter (any recipe is fine), mix w/ dulce de leche and swirl back in. I use brown sugar in the crust to give that a more caramelly flavor, too.

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      1. re: chowser

        Or, just spread it on the top of the cheesecake, for a real dulce de leche hit.

      2. You don't need to use the whole can at once. Just transfer it to a sealed container. It will keep in the fridge for weeks, or until you finish it off one spoonful at a time.

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        1. you can make ice cream or layer it in a cake or maybe find a way to use it to sweeten pudding/creme?

          i'm in the same situation with a can of this stuff (was going to make ice cream but freezer is still full) and is looking to make something casual to take to the office... coffeecake with this layered in? sandwiched cookies?

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          1. re: jeniyo

            Good idea for a cookie--I love alfajores.