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Dulce de Leche Mousse Recipe (Easy & Delicious)

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Airy and mouthwatering, this dulce de leche mousse is a dessert you won’t stop eating. Serve it to your friends and family and wait for the compliments.

Glass of Dulce de leche mousse
This dulce de leche mousse recipe is so easy!

Dulce de leche mousse

Dulce de leche is arguably one of the most popular sweets in Brazil, let alone South America. Many people eat this delicious cream on its own (yeah, with a spoon!) or add it to most of our delish Brazilian desserts.

Namely, we often serve with bem casado cookies, filled churros, pies, puddings, and cakes, to name a few Brazilian foods. So when I say this recipe came to life way before me, you understand why, right.

Dulce de leche mousse dessert

What is dulce de leche?

Alright, first things first.

Dulce de leche is made of milk and sugar cooked for long hours until the mixture is caramelized, basically reduced to a cream. You can also make dulce de leche from sweetened condensed milk, which makes the process much faster.

Still, I don’t make dulce de leche on the stovetop. No, no. It takes far too much time.

So what I do is simply make dulce de leche in the instant pot. It works like a charm, and I cook the cans in batches, so I always have this sweet ready in my pantry. It’s very handy!

Glasses of Dulce de leche mousse

Before we go on, I just want to say that dulce de leche and caramel are two different things. Many people confuse them, so it is essential to make this distinction.

Caramel is made of sugar and water using the same concept of the dulce de leche—you cook them book until the liquid is caramelized, and only then, cream and butter are added to make the sauce.

These two sweets taste a bit similar, but the result is entirely different from each other.

Tips for a delicious dulce de leche mousse

  • Make the dulce de leche about 1 hour before making your mousse, so it has time to cool off a bit.
  • While mixing the ingredients together, don’t overdo it. You want it to have an airy mousse consistency.
Dulce de leche mousse

How to make dulce de leche mousse

Here’s step-by-step instructions on how to prepare this delicious dulce de leche dessert. As always, the printable recipe is at the bottom.

Make the dulce de leche and transfer it to a medium bowl. Reserve.

Prepare the dessert cups where you will be assembling the mousse. Set aside.

Whip the cream until soft peaks form and put it in the fridge.

In the bowl of a stand mixer, whisk the egg whites until foam increases in volume at medium-high speed.

When the egg whites have increased approximately four times in volume, slowly add the brown sugar at the side of the bowl.

Increase speed to high and continue to whisk until stiff peaks form.

Dulce de leche mousses

Stir in 1/3 of the whipped cream with a spatula to the dulce de leche and mix until they have fully integrated. Fold in the remaining 2/3 of the cream very gently.

Add 1/3 of the egg whites to the dulce de leche mixture. Gently mix until they have incorporated. Fold in the remaining 2/3 of the egg whites.

Divide the mousse between bowls and chill for at least 4 hours.

Sprinkle some cocoa powder over the dulce de leche mousse and serve it cold.

Dulce de leche mousses

Dulce de Leche Mousse

Yield: 2
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Chilling Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 20 minutes

Creamy and mouthwatering, this dulce de leche mousse is a dessert you won’t stop eating. Serve it to your friends and family and wait for the compliments.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup (150 grams) dulce de leche
  • 3 ounces (75 milliliters) whipping cream
  • 2 egg whites
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • Cocoa powder for garnish, optional

Instructions

    1. Make the dulce de leche and transfer it to a medium bowl. Reserve.
    2. Prepare the dessert cups where you will be assembling the mousse. Set aside.
    3. Whip the cream until soft peaks form and put it in the fridge.
    4. In the bowl of a stand mixer, whisk the egg whites until foam increases in volume at medium-high speed.
    5. When the egg whites have increased approximately four times in volume, slowly add the brown sugar at the side of the bowl.
    6. Increase speed to high and continue to whisk until stiff peaks form.
    7. Stir in 1/3 of the whipped cream with a spatula to the dulce de leche and mix until they have fully integrated. Fold in the remaining 2/3 of the cream very gently.
    8. Add 1/3 of the egg whites to the dulce de leche mixture. Gently mix until they have incorporated. Fold in the remaining 2/3 of the egg whites.
    9. Divide the mousse between bowls and chill for at least 4 hours.
    10. Sprinkle some cocoa powder over the mousse and serve it cold.

Notes

  • Make the dulce de leche about 1 hour before making your mousse, so it has time to cool off a bit.
  • While mixing the ingredients together, don’t overdo it. You want it to have an airy mousse consistency.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 461Total Fat: 22gSaturated Fat: 14gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 73mgSodium: 168mgCarbohydrates: 56gFiber: 1gSugar: 50gProtein: 11g

Please keep in mind that nutritional information is a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on products used.

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