Dulce de Leche y Piña (Milk and Pineapple Fudge)

Dulce de Leche y Piña Recipe (Milk and Pineapple Fudge): a very simple and lovely dessert - you don't need to be an advanced cook to tackle this one.

There are some undying traditions and customs in our country. One that doesn’t seem to be disappearing any time soon is the custom of stopping midway in the way in or out of La Capital to eat something or to buy something to bring our family.

No trip in or out of El Cibao is complete without a stop in Parada Tavera to buy queso de hoja, a salty cheese similar to mozzarella that we usually eat with our Dominican crackers (thick, round and low-salt). Another typical midway food is boruga, a curdled milk drink. My favorite road stop for the best boruga is El Turey.

Dulce de Leche y Piña Recipe (Milk and Pineapple Fudge): a very simple and lovely dessert - you don't need to be an advanced cook to tackle this one.

Some prefer to stop for something heartier: it’s not rare to find people having an artery-popping breakfast of pork sausages, cracklings, roast chicken and tostones (fried plantains), guineitos (boiled unripe bananas) or yuca (cassava) as early as 6:00 a.m. If they happen to be traveling by guagua (bus) the smell will also accompany them all the way to their destination, not necessarily a bad thing altogether.

Nobody should arrive back home without bringing some canquiñaraspadura (milk candy, wrapped in palm tree husk) bought in Jacaranda. There’s also dulce de naranja, a dark soft candy made with orange peels that only seem to be found in these road stops. But the capital of dulces (desserts), strangely, is not Bonao but Baní in the southwest. Las Marias, an old road stop, specializes in selling typical Dominican desserts. Definitely a must-try if you ever happen to be traveling west.

Ah, and don’t forget to bring me something from your trip…

Dulce de Leche y Piña Recipe (Milk and Pineapple Fudge): a very simple and lovely dessert - you don't need to be an advanced cook to tackle this one.

Dulce de leche y piña (milk and pineapple fudge) is a very simple dessert, you don’t need to be an advanced cook to tackle this one.

My favorite aspect of this is that it combines different textures (from the soft, creamy sauce to the chewiness of the pineapple) and also different flavors (sweet and sour). Prepare enough to fill a small jar and you’ll have the perfect hostess gift to bring along at your next dinner invitation.

Aunt Clara

Dulce de Leche y Piña Recipe (Milk and Pineapple Fudge)
 
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Dulce de Leche y Piña Recipe (Milk and Pineapple Fudge): a very simple and lovely dessert - you don't need to be an advanced cook to tackle this one.
Serves: 6 servings
Ingredients
  • 6 cups of milk
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 1½ cups of sugar, divided
  • 3 cups of pineapple cut into cubes
  • 2 quarts [1 lt] of water (may need more)
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon of lime peels
Instructions
  1. In a thick-bottom pot combine milk, cinnamon and 1 cup of sugar and boil over medium heat until the milk has reduced to a third in volume.
  2. Remove from heat and chill (after letting it cool down to room temperature).
  3. In another pot combine pineapple with water, vanilla, lime peels, and the remaining sugar until the pineapple is really soft, with the consistency of a jam (add more water as it becomes necessary).
  4. Let all the liquid evaporate and remove from the heat, then chill.
  5. Mix the milk and pineapple (both should be chilled, or the milk will curdle). Serve chilled.
Notes
As more than one person complained that the milk will curdle, I have made some changes to the recipes to prevent that from happening.

Comments

  1. joami

    Oh okay because it's like the milk gets bumpy ….it taste great but i was just wondering because i had the idea that it would be smooth like yogurt and just have chunks of pineapple but mines comes out like oatmeal.

  2. Joami

    Hello, I have tried this recipe but it doesn't come out smooth as pictures. It comes out with a bumpy consistency. What am I doing wrong? I follow the instructions step by step. Could it be I over cooked it?

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