Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Moelleux au Dulce de Leche

Not many people know but this blog was named after the south american treasure called Dulce de Leche. Many people still confuse Dulce de Leche for caramel but it's important for people to understand the differences between them because they don't have much in common aside from their similar color.
Dulce de leche should be considered a milk preserve because it's basically the reduction of milk (with sugar) that creates that beautiful amber color cream that can be kept for a long time in jar. After cooking for several hours the milk reduces and the sugar caramelizes, the constant stirring and the baking soda ensures that no sugar caramelizes slowly without any sugar lumps. Luckily we can buy suberb Dulce de Leche in almost any grocery store. My favorite ones are: The Fat Toad Farm from Vermont , La Salamandra from Argentina and Viçosa from Brazil (unfortunately this one is not sold in the US). 

This was the ingredient that inspired me to create this simple comfort dessert called Moulleux (soft cake, molten cake, whatever you want to call it). My idea was to come up with something with as little ingredients as possible so this way the main ingredient would really shine through.  This is one of those desserts that the texture by itself has the ability to comfort you, in fact this recipe is the true definition of comfort dessert! 

I once read an article that pointed to some trendy adjectives that apparently people was overusing in the food world. Some of them were: gooey, oozy, gloopy, luscious, decadent and rich. Actually I'm not sure if all of these words were listed in the article but you got my point. The problem of overusing such powerful adjectives all the time is that when you finally come up with a recipe that fits into all categories (like my moelleux) there is no word powerful enough to describe its deliciousness.  

This episode is the true definition of food porn and if those (overused) adjectives wasn't enough to convince you to make this, you sure will change your mind after you watch this video.

1 egg
2 egg yolks
600g dulce de leche or cajeta (made with goat's milk) - 2 cups 
2 1/2 tbsp flour (not full)
for serving:
1/2 cup crème fraîche or greek yogurt (optional)

8 individual tin molds, ramekins or muffin pan

for homemade dulce de leche:
8 cups whole milk
3 cups regular sugar
1 tsp baking soda
yields 2 cups 

yields 8 small tin molds 
Preheat the oven at 425F.
Using room temperature butter brush inside the individual molds or ramekins. You could even use a muffin pan. Add flour and shake it well ensuring that all the interior is coated. In a stand mixer or by hand whisk the egg and egg yolks until very fluffy and pale. Add the dulce de leche and continue whisking until it's fully incorporated. 
Add the flour and stir by hand. 
Pour the batter into the individual molds leaving a little room on top. Place them in a baking pan and bake for 10-12 minutes or until the edges are baked but the center is still very wobble. 
Run a knife around the edges and unmold it warm. Serve immediately with a spoonfull of crème fraîche  or greek yogurt.

For dulce de leche:
Over low heat add sugar and milk in a big pan. Stir slowly until the sugar crystals are dissolved. Increase the heat to medium and add baking soda. Continue stirring until it foams. Remove the foam from the surface and continue stirring slowly until it reduces and thickens, approximately 2 hours (do not stop stirring). As soon as you get to see the bottom of the pan as you stir it, turn off your heat, it's thick enough. At this point it should have a deep amber color.  Let it cool, it will thicken even more as it cools.


  1. yay!!! a new video. thanks for posting this recipe. it looks delicious

  2. Hi
    I am french and have been a classic trained chef for more than twenty years. I love your videos and your simple approach to cooking. You make it look easy and fun.

  3. Hi. Thank you for taking the time to post this information. I will need to learn more from you
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  4. Raiza, could you list your recipe for homemade dulce de leche?

  5. hej, can i use almond meal instead of flour:)

    than you

    1. Yes but you might need to bake it for a little longer because almond flour is more humid than regular flour ;)

    2. thank you :)) you have a lot of fans from Europe and we would be very happy if the recpes were also in g

      greetings from sLOVEnia Europe :)

    3. I'd also like for the measurements to be given in the metric system, I hate the imperial system. Also I'm Slovene too :D.

  6. I LOVE the music you use on your videos. Can you share a list of the artists you have used on your vlogs, I'd love to download them.

  7. Can you write your recpies also in g???

  8. This looks delicious! I might try and make a salted version - love salt & sweet.

  9. Hi!
    Can I use silicone bakeware for this recipe?

  10. can I half this recipe?

    Thank you

    1. Sure! it's just a little hard to split an egg in half but no problem, I've done that ;)

  11. What are those small black things inside your crème fraîche? Do you have a recipe of making it?

    1. It's vanilla specks. I'd recommend you to buy it and add vanilla seeds os extract ;)

  12. Hi I watched and liked and commented and subscribed on youtube!
    I just wanted to do a request video of how you started cooking, where you studied, inspirations, how you ended up in NYC and how you started your web, etc. Like a get to know me video... and to inspire us who are looking to do something similar. ;) LOTS OF LOVE!!!

    1. I will seriously consider this suggestion Melina. Thank you for stopping by ;)

  13. In your video you said that 4 cups of milk will make 1 cup of dulce de leche, so to get 600g will take 1.2 liters of milk right? so can i just double the ingredients that are listed in you recipe?

    1. Yes, just double it. 600g is a little less than 2 cups.

  14. Beautiful videos Raiza. Please post more I cannot wait for more :-)))) moooreee

  15. First try try to make dulce de leche became plasticy inedable glue after one and a half hours.
    Tried again and cooked it only for one hour. Seems to have worked.

  16. Hi Raiza, I'm Teresa, a portuguese living in Brazil, and I'm a Viçosa addict!!! I hate doce de leite made from condensed milk (the only one I knew in Portugal), I think they shouldn't even have the same name as the taste is so different!!! Tomorow I'll buy a can of Viçosa and this recipe will pop out of my oven sometime during this weekend, for sure!!! Thank you so very much! Obrigada

  17. OMG love your desserts and also your music taste... can you tell me what is the name of the song at 3:58. I'm a Young Foodie Blogger and you're my inspiration

  18. Oi Raiza, acabei de conhecer você atraves do Jornal Hoje e como foi de relance, mergulhei aqui na Internet e descobri tu-do sobre seus feitos por aí, estou adorando vídeos e receitas, trilha sonora maravilhosa...vou continuar assistindo você.

  19. What is the best preserved and quality assurance for us, share what you can remember and I have done it in the best way.

  20. My batter wasnt as runny :( and when I took them out at 13 minutes they weren't ooey gooey like yours. It basically was a dulce cupcake.....help meeee

    ~ Whitney

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  24. Hello from tel aviv - I was so happy to see a dulce the leche recepie... I plan to try it tomorrow... I have a question - when you say stir constantly... what exactly do you mean? should I stand 2 hours by the pot and stir???
    Your blog and videos are great - I love watching them

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  26. I can put chocolate in place of Dulce de Leche?

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  28. Sabe o que eu to muito curiosa??? Qual o nome do esmalte que voce ta usando nesse video???? Gente! Amei!!! Aaaaamo teus videos!!!!! Parabens!!!! Amei essa receitinha, divina!!!! Bjossss!!!

  29. Okay so I made dulce de leche and the color is beautiful. BUT it is pretty thin. its still hot because I am making it as I type this. (LOL) will it thicken as it cools? Ah im so nervous. I wanted to make three cups of it so I used 12 cups of milk and approx. 4 1/2 cups of sugar. ??? am I doing okay?

    1. failed to read the last part of the directions. never mind!