Dulce De Leche Quemada – Burnt Milk Candy

Dulce De Leche Quemada – Burnt Milk Candy

Dulce De Leche Quemada means burnt milk candy. I dug up this recipe from my archives because it makes for a good stay-at-home project.  It’ll take several hours to cook and kids and adults will love them, extra yummy with roasted pecans.  As far as candy-making goes, this is fairly straightforward, and you may want to let the kids join in, safely though.

My amá, Dominga, regularly made dulce de leche quemada for us kids.
We had four pecan trees in our backyard, so the lush candy was laden with plenty of roasted pecans.  The trick is to roast the pecans before adding them to the candy.  You’ll have richer flavor and color.

Roasted Texas pecans make a delicious candy
Roasted Texas pecans are what make pecan caramel delicious

This is a recipe I used for a collaborative art show,  “The Candy Shop,”  with three other Latinx artists who were painters/sculptors.  I was the only cook in the group of artists, so I made candies while my colleagues painted or sculpted various candy themes.

The spirit of the art show was how candy, in the Latinx experience prompts evocations of nostalgia, diaspora, community, absence.

I cooked three candies, and one of them was  “Dulce De Leche Quemada.” Piled like little hand-tossed sculptures on a  high table, art lovers inspected them, wondering:  “Should I Eat The Art?”

Pecan Caramel candy looks delicios. "Should I Eat The Art?"
Of course you should eat the art:  “Dulce De Leche Quemada”


"Dulce De Leche Quemada" presented at art show, "The Candy Shop"
“Dulce De Leche Quemada” presented at art show, “The Candy Shop”


Art exhibit, "The Candy Shop," Houston, Texas
Art exhibit, “The Candy Shop,” Houston, Texas

Recipe for Dulce De Leche Quemada – Burnt Milk Candy

Pecan caramel candy cooks slowly, deepening in color and flavor
Dulce De Leche Quemada cooks slowly, deepening in color and flavor

1 qt. whole milk
1/2 qt. sugar
1 tsp Mexican vanilla extract
1/8 tsp baking soda
3/4 cup pecans, roasted .

1. In a cookie sheet roast 3/4 cup pecans in a 350ºF oven for about 5 minutes.  Keep a close watch so that they do not burn. Set aside.
2.a In a large saucepan, add the milk, sugar, and baking soda. Bring to a simmer and cook for about 2 hours, stirring occasionally, until the temperature reaches  F 234°.
3. Remove from heat and add the oven-roasted pecans and vanilla.
4. Pour the candy into a buttered pan and allow it to cool.  Then cut into squares.

Enjoy, stay safe.



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