Thursday, May 9, 2013

Made from Scratch: Sweetened Condensed Milk


Sweetened condensed milk reminds me of the holidays -- and pumpkin pie -- which means I only ever have it on hand around Thanksgiving and Christmas. Fast forward to last weekend when I needed a small bit of it for a recipe I was making -- and there was not a single can of sweetened condensed milk to be found in our pantry. I wondered if perhaps I could make my own sweetened condensed milk from scratch with the ingredients I did have on hand. Lo and behold, the Internet answered my question with an easy-to-follow and super-quick recipe for sweetened condensed milk made from scratch. Oh, the wonders of the Google search!

Truth be told, this stuff is kind of yummy on its own, and I might have snuck one (okay several) spoonfuls. (I mean, it's not like I had to scrape every last bit into the container...) Coming tomorrow, a ridiculously-delicious recipe that uses some of this made-from-scratch sweetened condensed milk. Trust me, you'll want to come back to check it out.

Sweetened Condensed Milk (printer-friendly version)
makes about one cup

1 cup organic nonfat dry milk
2/3 cup raw granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/3 cup boiling water
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

1. Add all of the ingredients to a blender. Blend until smooth, scraping down the sides as necessary.
2. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator until ready to use.

(adapted from this recipe)
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