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Homemade Dulce de Leche Pudding Recipe

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Creamy and scrumptious, this dulce de leche pudding will be your next favorite easy dessert.

Glasses of Dulce de leche pudding
Dulce de leche pudding: Delicious and easy dessert!

Dulce de leche pudding

If you follow me here on the blog, you know I’m absolutely addicted to dulce de leche. Its creaminess and sweetness are so out of this world, and if I could, I would add it to every Brazilian dessert I know.

And it’s not only me–many people in South America are crazy about it too.

Actually, dulce de leche is arguably one of the most popular sweets in Brazil, let alone South America.

For instance, we often serve with these wedding cookies, pies, mousses, and cakes, to name a few Brazilian foods.

Dulce de leche pudding

What is dulce de leche?

Alright, first things first.

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

But, I never make dulce de leche on the stovetop because it takes far too much time.

So what I do is simply make dulce de leche in the instant pot. I love it. 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 convenient!

Glass of Dulce de leche pudding

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 pudding

  • Make the dulce de leche about 1 hour before making your pudding, so it has time to cool off a bit and you can handle the can without burning your hand.
Dulce de leche pudding on a spoon

How to make dulce de leche pudding

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 saucepan.

In the same pan, add all the remaining ingredients for the dulce de leche pudding and mix well over medium heat. Stir it constantly.

Once the mixture starts to boil, lower the heat and cook for five more minutes. Stir it non-stop now, or the pudding will stick to the pan.

Glass of Dulce de leche pudding

Remove the pan from the heat and allow it to cool at room temperature.

Once the dulce de leche pudding is warm but not hot anymore, pour it into the individual pudding cups.

Cover the glasses with plastic wrap touching the pudding, so it doesn’t create a layer.

Refrigerate for 2 hours.

Garnish with crumbled Marie cookies and serve.

Glasses of Dulce de leche pudding

Homemade Dulce de Leche Pudding

Yield: 2
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Waiting Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 20 minutes

Creamy and scrumptious, this dulce de leche pudding will be your next favorite easy dessert.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup (150 grams) dulce de leche
  • 1 cup (250 milliliters) whole milk
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon instant coffee
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 teaspoons cornstarch
  • Pinch of salt
  • Crumbled Marie cookies to garnish

Instructions

  1. Make the dulce de leche and transfer it to a medium saucepan.
  2. In the same pan, add all the remaining ingredients for the dulce de leche pudding and mix well over medium heat. Stir it constantly.
  3. Once the mixture starts to boil, lower the heat and cook for five more minutes. Stir it non-stop now, or the pudding will stick to the pan.
  4. Remove the pan from the heat and allow it to cool at room temperature.
  5. Once the dulce de leche pudding is warm but not hot anymore, pour it into the individual pudding cups.
  6. Cover the glasses with plastic wrap touching the pudding, so it doesn’t create a layer.
  7. Refrigerate for 2 hours.
  8. Garnish with crumbled Marie cookies and serve.

Notes

  • Make the dulce de leche about 1 hour before making your pudding, so it has time to cool off a bit and you can handle the can without burning your hand.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 430Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 34mgSodium: 265mgCarbohydrates: 67gFiber: 0gSugar: 55gProtein: 10g

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

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