dulce de leche


dul·​ce de leche ˈdəl-(ˌ)sā-də-ˈle-ˌchā How to pronounce dulce de leche (audio)
: sweetened caramelized milk that is traditionally made by reducing a mixture of milk and sugar over heat
Pastry chefs are obsessed with dulce de leche, the luscious, milky South American caramel.Food & Wine
… the three distinct textures—cakey brownie, gooey dulce de leche and semi-firm ganache—worked in a tasty little harmony.Gregory Furgala
To make a good dulce de leche—a gradual reduction of milk and sugar and bicarbonate of soda—is a time consuming and laborious process …Joe McNamee
Dulce de leche is a luscious topping made by slowly caramelizing sweetened milk. Many people make it by boiling a can of condensed milk unopened in a pot of simmering water …Stephanie Eddy
often used before another noun
… astonishingly rich dulce de leche cheesecake with spiced caramel popcorn.John Mariani

Examples of dulce de leche in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For the sweet ending, decide between Mexican Chocolate atole custard with dulce de leche caramel, chantilly and mini churro bites, or the orange creamsicle cheesecake made with Arizona citrus cremeux, blood orange gel and mandarin oranges. Georgann Yara, The Arizona Republic, 14 May 2024 For dessert, Los Hornos offers flan with dulce de leche, chocotorta (chocolate crackers with dulce de leche ice cream), or their Maria Luisa cake — six layers filled with dulce de leche and topped with meringue. Jenna Thompson, Kansas City Star, 17 Apr. 2024 The cinnamon flavor is subtle and balances nicely with the dulce de leche. Bon Appétit Contributor, Bon Appétit, 7 Mar. 2024 The empanadas are great and the desserts are amazing (almost all are filled with dulce de leche). Miami Staff, Miami Herald, 30 Jan. 2024 My top pick for a swirl would be dulce de leche, which tends to be thicker than a standard caramel sauce. Becky Krystal, Washington Post, 22 Jan. 2024 Guests enjoyed a chocolate cake with a dulce de leche filling from Keik by Andrea, a local Puerto Rican baker. Dana Rose Falcone, Peoplemag, 12 Nov. 2023 The coffee is excellent, and the breakfast options range from shakshuka with a touch of chile (106 pesos) to French toast served with dulce de leche (130 pesos). Elisabeth Malkin, New York Times, 23 Nov. 2023 Official tasting notes describe a blend of sweet, spice, and smoke on the palate, with notes of dulce de leche, spiced vanilla, cinnamon, orange zest, and of course a dollop of chile heat. Jonah Flicker, Robb Report, 17 Nov. 2023

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Word History


borrowed from American Spanish, from Spanish dulce "sweet food, dessert" (noun derivative of dulce, adjective, "sweet," going back to Latin dulcis) + de "of, from" (going back to Latin ) + leche "milk," going back to Latin lact-, lac — more at dulcet, de-, galaxy

First Known Use

1900, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of dulce de leche was in 1900

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Cite this Entry

“Dulce de leche.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dulce%20de%20leche. Accessed 13 Jun. 2024.

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