Dulce de Leche

Dulce de Leche


1 quart of whole milk
12 ounces of sugar
1 vanilla bean
½ teaspoon of baking soda


Combine the milk, sugar, vanilla bean and seeds in a large, 4 quart saucepan and place over medium hear. Bring to a simmer stirring occasionally, until the sugar has dissolved. Once the sugar has dissolved, add the baking soda and stir to combine. Reduce the heat to low and cook uncovered at a bare simmer. Stir occasionally, but do not re-incorporate the foam that appears on the top of the mixture. Continue to cook for 1 hour. Remove the vanilla bean after 1 hour and continue to cook until the mixture is a dark caramel color and has reduced to about 1 cup, approximately 1 ½ to 2 hours. Strain the mixture through a fine mesh strainer. Store in the refrigerator in a sealed container for up to a month.