3/23/10

TWD: Dulce de Leche Duos





Dulce de Leche is one of those things like soba noodles or cocoa nibs that I feel like I know about but then when I step back and actually think about (or have to use it in a recipe) I can't actually pinpoint a time that I've eaten it. But the funny thing is, that I have eaten dulce de leche multiple times- I just didn't know it. You see when this week's Tuesdays with Dorie recipe for Dulce de Leche Duos was selected by Jodie of Beansy Loves Cake the P&Q quickly filled with links to recipes to make your own dulce de leche (even though Dorie says to use store bought). When I clicked on the recipe from David Lebovitz I realized that pouring a can of sweetened condensed milk in a covered pie plate in water bath and baking it for two hours constitutes dulce de leche. Wait a minute, that's what my Aunt Dottie has been doing for years! She pours the cooked condensed milk in a pre-baked tart crust and tops it with unsweetened, freshly whipped cream and calls it Caramel Pie. It's an old family favorite. We're a really chic family, we're up on the new food trends. So, hey, I love dulce de leche! and even though it sounds fancy and gourmet it's really easy and cheap to make at home!


I was worried that the cookies would be cakey and soft (not my favorite cookie texture) but they were crisp on the outside and chewy on the inside. The cookies themselves have dulce de leche in them and then are sandwiched between another thin layer of dulce de leche- who could ask for anything more? The one complaint I had was that they keep well before being sandwiched together but once the dulce de leche is in between them the cookies soften a bit so it's best to leave them apart until you are ready to serve or eat them.

11 comments:

Mary said...

They look good! Funny that you've been eating caramel pie all your life! How on earth did you get crisp cookies? I ended up with cakey golf balls!

CB said...

Your cookies look perfect! And now I'm craving that family recipe caramel pie that you mentioned. Share recipe? ;)
-CB
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Susan said...

Oooo, Caramel Pie? That sounds divine! Your cookies look great! I am going to try and fit these in tomorrow.

Emily Rose said...

CB- honestly all you do is fully bake your favorite pie crust, let it cool, fill it with dulce de leche and top with freshly whipped cream. no real recipe! easiest pie ever!

Tracey said...

I love that you've been eating caramel pie for so long! That's too funny :) Your cookies look fabulous and I'm glad they were a hit! I liked them but I don't think I'm a dulce de leche convert quite yet!

Marthe said...

I also loved the crispiness of the cookies! And this finally gave me the chance to make dulce de leche for the first time in my life!

Cristine said...

Your cookies look great! Now I want to make that pie, though! YUM!

Di said...

Great story. =) I actually like the way the cookies softened a bit with the filling.

Tia said...

mmmm now i'm dying to make caramel pie! lol

TeaLady said...

funny how we all have a food we've eaten for years and didn't really know what it was. If you add a layer of bananas you have Banoffee Pie.

My cookies were like yours and that meant they were wonderful.

Yours look just right.

Kerstin said...

What decadent treats - I love dulce de leche and know I would gobble these right up - yum!