Hi Bold Bakers!
The only difference between Dairy Free Condensed Milk and regular Condensed Milk is the milk used. Dairy Free Condensed milk is made using coconut milk rather than dairy milk. However the Condensed milk can be used in the exact same way as regular in your Vegan and Dairy Free baking. Use it in any recipe that calls for regular condensed milk.
You can also use Nut Milks and other sugars such as Stevia. See the Notes section in the recipe.
I use Condensed Milk a lot in my baking. It is one of the main ingredients in my 2 Ingredient No Machine Ice Cream. I make a delicious Dairy Free No Machine Ice Cream that is equally as delicious with a variety of flavors to make. If you like your frozen desserts a little lighter and fruity then try my Homemade Sorbet in 5 minutes (No Machine) If you cannot find condensed milk in your country you can easily make it yourself at home. And you can find my regular Homemade Condensed Milk recipe here.
Simmering milk and sugar on a low, controlled heat will yield you a 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.
- 1 can (14 oz/414 ml/2 cups) coconut milk (full fat or low fat)*
- ⅔ cups (5 ⅓ oz / 150g) white sugar
- Add the coconut milk and sugar into a 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 low/medium heat. Do not stir once the mix starts to simmer otherwise it can crack and crystalize
- Gently simmer for roughly 30- 40 minutes, or until the milk has darkened to an almost grey color,has reduced by half and thickened (After about 15 minutes, you'll notice that the milk will start to turn dark and thicken – that's ok and is exactly what's supposed to happen)
- When ready, remove from the heat and pour into a jar to cool. (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)
- Let the condensed milk cool completely before putting on the air tight lid.
- Store in a jar in the fridge and it will last for months. Don't forget to label it. 🙂
The condensed milk when ready will measure 1 cup/8oz.
You can replace the regular milk with any other dairy free milk
You can Replace the sugar with a natural sugar like maple syrup, agave, or coconut sugar.
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