Dulce de Leche en Tabla (Milk Fudge Squares)

Dulce de Leche en Tabla Recipe (Milk Fudge Squares) are delicious and simple fudge squares can be made plain or topped with jams or coconut cream.

As a kid I remember my grandmother used to cook this all the time. My grandparents had a dairy farm, so they had to come up with things to do with the leftover milk.

Dulce de leche en pasta: delicious and simple milk fudge squares; make plain or topped with jams or coconut cream.

Dulce de Leche en Tabla Recipe (Milk Fudge Squares) are delicious and simple fudge squares can be made plain or topped with jams or coconut cream.

When I was a kid I used to spend a couple of weeks each summer with my grandparents. Those were some of the times in my childhood I remember fondly.

Is there anything more fun for a 7 year old to be left to their own devices in a farm? Not that I am particularly fond of large animals, they always intimidated me, but I learned to admire and respect the hard work of those who feed us, often for little money.

Dulce de leche en tabla (Milk fudge squares)

Those were other times. Helicopter parenting hadn’t been invented. Grownups accepted a certain amount of risk in life (Seatbelts? Safety seats? Never saw one of those). I drank unpasteurized milk, I was given coffee for breakfast, and left to explore the wilderness with my cousin, often trying berries and fruits unknown to us. These things are anathema to me these days, although I doubt my parents loved me any less than I love my daughter.

I used to help my grandma stir the giant cauldron she used to make this. My reward was that I got to lick the wooden spoon after she was done. Ah, yeah, sugar-hyped kids.

Dulce de Leche en Tabla Recipe (Milk Fudge Squares) are delicious and simple fudge squares can be made plain or topped with jams or coconut cream.

This recipe is not like my grandma’s. For one, it’s hard to find raw milk these days. And when I tried using regular milk, I received complaint after complaint that it simply took too long (it does take well over an hour). That’s how it was for my grandma!

In the end I have worked on another recipe (if you have been here before you will notice the change) that can be made in approximately half an hour. Impatience seems to be another of our modern-day curses, isn’t it?

For the topping you can choose either guava paste (from this recipe), pineapple jam (from this recipe) or coconut fudge (from this recipe). Or you can simply serve plain.

Bear in mind that dominican dulce de leche en tabla (milk fudge squares) are very sweet, in fact it is the sugar that holds the whole thing together.

Aunt Clara

Dulce de Leche en Tabla Recipe (Milk Fudge Squares)
 
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Dulce de Leche en Tabla Recipe (Milk Fudge Squares) are delicious and simple fudge squares can be made plain or topped with jams or coconut cream.
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Serves: 6 servings
Ingredients
  • Oil spray to cover mold (see notes)
  • 1 can of condensed milk (14 oz [405 gr])
  • ¼ cup of sugar
Instructions
  1. Spray the mold (see notes) with the oil.
  2. Heat condensed milk in a cast aluminum or iron 2 quart [2 lt] pot over medium-high heat.
  3. Once the milk breaks the boil it will become thinner, this is normal, start stirring with a wire whisk to prevent it from sticking to the bottom.
  4. Once the milk has become thick enough to start lifting from the bottom (10 to 15 minutes) stir in sugar.
  5. Continue whisking vigorously until it has become so thick that it sticks to the wire whisk (similar consistency to peanut butter.
  6. Spoon into the mold and smooth out. Let it cool to room temperature.
  7. Remove from the mold and cut into 6 squares.
Notes
I did not have a mold the size of the traditional Dominican one, I improvised by covered a cardboard box of similar size with aluminum foil and spraying with oil. The size I used was 3"L x 4½"W x 2"H [6.75 cm L x 9.5 cm W x 4.5cm].

Comments

  1. Guela Mima

    I have access to raw milk. I live in Florida near an Urban Farm. Also I would like to make it not so sweet because both my son and I are diabetic. Is there a sugar substitute I can use?

  2. Ok, I did something wrong here :(. When it was sticking to the whisk, I took it out and put it in the mold, but as it is cooling it has turned into hard, thick caramel, nothing like the consistency of Dominican dulce de leche that I have had before. Any ideas what I might have done wrong?

    • Quite possibly lack of sugar. It’s happened to me. Some brands of condensed milks have less sugar than others (hard to predict) so what comes out is closer to American-style fudge. Sorry it didn’t work for you this time, but if you are up to another test, try adding more sugar. And yes, this is insanely sweet, I know. The photos above are the result of this same process, so you can see how it looks. I used Nestle brand of condensed milk, for what is worth.

  3. Miguel

    Would you mind sharing your original recipe? Ive been trying to figure out how to make this candy. Its quite popular in Mexico. My grandparents used to make it with whole milk, but every recipe I find uses sweetened condensed milk. I dont mind the long length of time to make, I understand its a long process. Also, you wouldnt happen to know what temperature youre trying to get the candy to? Im assuming its similar to fudge – 236 degrees.
    Thanks!

  4. So I made my mines a little different, especially because I didn’t want to make too much. I cooked mine over Medium-High the whole time and got the thickness and brown color within an hour of stirring.
    What I used was..
    4 1/2 cups of whole milk
    2 cups of granulated white sugar
    vanilla
    Cinnamon stick

    Love your recipes… Thank you, Happy Thanksgiving

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