Instant Pot Dulce De Leche Caramel

Salted caramel flavored Instant Pot Dulce De Leche

Dulce de Leche is a rich and velvety smooth, one-ingredient caramel sauce that is great for dipping and topping.  Traditionally, it is made by simmering sweetened milk over slow heat for several hours.  My simple recipe for Instant Pot Dulce De Leche Caramel, is hands-off and helps you achieve the same rich taste with just two minutes of prep, in half the time of a stove recipe!

What is Dulce De Leche?

Dulce De Leche (Spanish) roughly translates to “sweet made from milk”.  And that is exactly what the recipe is.  You heat sweetened milk over slow and consistent heat, till the sugars darken and caramelize, giving the milk a smooth and rich sauce like consistency.

Homemade Instant Pot Dulce De Leche served with apple slices

What Is the Difference Between Dulce de Leche and Caramel?

Even though both these delectable dessert sauces look almost the same, and have similar flavor profiles, there are some subtle differences between the two.

Caramel sauce is made by ‘caramelizing’ sugar on high heat till it gets its darker tone.  In order to make a flowing sauce with this, butter or heavy cream is stirred in towards the end.  This prevents the caramelized sugar from crystallizing again and makes the sauce silky smooth.

Dulce De Leche is made by heating sweetened condensed milk over slow and consistent heat, till a chemical reaction occurs, which darkens the sugar, and thickens the consistency of the milk.  This chemical reaction is called  Maillard reaction.   Maillard reaction is when the proteins (amino acids) and sugars in the food transform by heat, producing denser flavors, and a darker, richer color.

From a taste and texture standpoint, I find that Dulce De Leche is creamier and richer than Caramel sauce.  Caramel on the other hand, has a more intense caramelized sugar flavor.  It also tends to get a little chewy and hard, especially during winter times.

I honestly think that it doesn’t matter which one you make, this stuff transports you to sugar-heaven with one lick!

Rich and Creamy Instant Pot Dulce De leche Caramel sauce

Instant Pot Dulce De Leche Caramel – Easy Hands-Off Recipe

I transfer a can of sweetened condensed milk in a canning jar and cover it with aluminum foil.   Turn on the Instant pot, place a trivet, then place the jar on top of that.  Add water, close the lid, set a cook time and Tadaa!

Transfer the condensed milk in a mason jarA jar of condensed milk, ready for pressure cooking
Covered jar of condensed milkCondensed milk jar in the Instant Pot
  A jar is instant pot dulce de leche, just out of the potStirring the Instant Pot Dulce De Leche

Recipe Video: Dulce De Leche Caramel

Serving Suggestion for Instant Pot Dulce De Leche Caramel

Dulce De Leche Caramel is great for dipping and topping.

Dipping: Our favorite thing to do is dip apple slices in it.  YUM!  I choose slightly tart apples to pair with and that contrasts so well with the sweet caramel.

Topping: This sauce is wicked good on good old vanilla ice-cream!  Sprinkle some chopped nuts on top and enjoy an easy homemade Ice-cream Sundae.

Dulce De Leche Caramel makes for a decadent topping for cheesecake.  After my classic cheesecake has chilled for about 2-3 hours, I drizzle this sauce all over the cheesecake, using a fork.  It looks so pretty and tastes delicious.

It’s a very quick way to jazz up any plain cake for company.

Instant Pot Dulce De Leche Recipe

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Salted caramel flavored Instant Pot Dulce De Leche
Instant Pot Dulce De Leche Caramel
Prep Time
2 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
42 mins
 

Dulce de Leche is a rich and velvety smooth, one-ingredient caramel sauce that is great for dipping and topping.  In this hands-off Instant Pot recipe, you get the same rich caramel taste with just two minutes of prep, in half the time of a stove-top recipe!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: caramel, condensed milk, dessert sauce, dulce de leche
Servings: 28
Calories: 45 kcal
Author: Spice Cravings
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Pour sweetened condensed milk in a canning jar.  Cover with aluminum foil.  Add a trivet in the Instant Pot inner pot. Place the jar on top. Fill with water just until it reaches 1/2 inch below the top of the jar. Close the Instant Pot lid.

    Covered jar of condensed milk
  2. Cook on Manual/Pressure Cook (high) for 40 minutes, followed by a quick release of the pressure. (Add 5 minutes if you want a darker brown color, or reduce 5 minutes for a light golden brown color) 

  3. Using a kitchen towel or pot holder, carefully remove jars as they are hot.  Remove the foil.  The condensed milk will probably look curdled at this point.  This is normal.

    A jar is instant pot dulce de leche, just out of the pot
  4. Using a spoon or spatula, stir it for 30 seconds, till it becomes smooth.  Store in the refrigerator.

    Easy Instant Pot Dulce De Leche, stirring in a jar
Optional Add-on:
  1. Sprinkle in a pinch of sea salt and stir well.  I like how salt enhances the caramel flavor of this sauce.

Recipe Notes

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Note: The nutrition facts below are my estimates.  If you are following any diet plan, I recommend cross-checking with your preferred nutrition calculator.

Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Dulce De Leche Caramel
Amount Per Serving
Calories 45 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g 2%
Cholesterol 4mg 1%
Sodium 20mg 1%
Potassium 52mg 1%
Total Carbohydrates 7g 2%
Sugars 7g
Protein 1g 2%
Vitamin A 0.8%
Vitamin C 0.4%
Calcium 4.2%
Iron 0.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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