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Hi Bold Bakers!
Working as a professional chef, I have learned a lot of tips and tricks over the years. Now I’m going to share with you some Bold Baking Basics that will help you along your baking journey to make it fun and for you to improve your skills. I’m often asked, “Is there a substitute for sweetened condensed milk?” in my recipes that include it like my 2-Ingredient Homemade Ice Cream or Easy Tres Leches Cake. You can, in fact, make Sweetened Condensed Milk at home with a few, simple ingredients.
What is Condensed Milk?
Condensed milk is traditionally cow’s milk that has much of the water content boiled away and then sugar added. I use Sweetened Condensed Milk a lot in my baking. If you cannot find it in your country you can easily make it yourself at home. It is one of the main ingredients in my 2-Ingredient No-Machine Ice Cream. If you like your frozen desserts a little lighter and fruitier then try my Homemade Sorbet in 5 minutes (No-Machine)
Can I Make Dairy-Free Condensed Milk?
My condensed milk recipe contains milk, however, if you are dairy-free and/or like vegan baking I also have the exact same recipe but using coconut milk rather than dairy milk. It is just as easy to make and it tastes great too. Find my Dairy Free Condensed Milk recipe. You can also use Nut Milks and other sugars such as Agave, Honey, maple syrup, see the notes section in the recipe for more details.
How to Make Sweetened Condensed Milk
Simmering milk and sugar on a low, controlled heat will yield thick, syrupy milk. Once it cools it will thicken and be ready to use. It will last in the fridge for weeks if you don’t need it straight away.
What is the Difference Between Condensed Milk and Evaporated Milk?
The biggest difference between condensed and evaporated milk is the sugar content. Both are made by reducing a percentage of the water content from the milk but the condensed version has sugar added, which caramelized to thicken the milk, so it is called Sweetened Condensed Milk.
Use your homemade sweetened condensed milk to make:
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Easily make my Homemade Sweetened Condensed Milk recipe and use it to create my 2 ingredient ice cream, cookies & more!
- 2 cups (16floz/450ml) full fat milk or low fat milk*
- ⅔ cups (5oz /142g) white sugar
Add the milk and sugar into a small, heavy bottomed saucepan.
Heat it on a low heat until the sugar has dissolved.
Once all of the sugar has dissolved bring the mix to a simmer over medium low heat. Do not stir once the mix starts to simmer otherwise it can crack and crystalize.
Gently simmer for roughly 35-40 minutes, or until the milk has darkened to a creamy color, has reduced by half and thickened slightly. You may notice some foam forming on top, gently skim it off with a spoon. (if there are sugary bits hanging around the rim of your pot don’t stir them into your condensed milk, this can also crack your mix)
When ready, remove from the heat and pour into a jar to cool. Let the condensed milk cool completely before putting on the airtight lid. Just note, it thickens up alot after a few hours in the fridge.
Store in a labeled jar in the fridge and it will last for 6 months.
The condensed milk when ready will measure 1 cup/8oz.
You can use any Nut Milk instead of regular dairy milk
You can use coconut sugar/maple syrup/light honey or other natural sugars instead of white sugar.
The substitute you use needs to be able to caramelize. stevia, xylitol, Splenda will not caramelize so will not work in this recipe.