I have always taking things for granted and never ever thought of making my own version of condensed milk. Recently, I joined Pinterest and noted a pin on home made condensed milk. I read the article at the bed with great interest and the first thing I woke up in the next morning, I am all set to try making my own condensed milk.
Condensed milk is always one of the my favourite creamer. I personally find that it had its distinctive flavour. Until today, it is one of the items that is always in my kitchen shelf. I used it every morning for making my morning coffees and I liked it to use it to make desserts from ice cream (Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Ice Cream) desserts, (Tiramisu), sweets (Indian Coconut Candy, Burfy) to cheesecakes (Ferraro Rocher Ice Cream Cheese Cake)
To my knowledge, there are two ways of making home made condensed milk. One is by boiling fresh milk with sugar until all the water evaporates and become a sticky creamy like condensed milk. That will need a lot of time and you need to stand by the stoves to ensure that the milk is not burnt. The second method is what I am going to illustrate today using machine whisk and ready made milk powder. Only 4 ingredients (including one optional) are needed and the making is so simple and fast. It takes less than 1/2 hours from the preparation to getting the condensed milk ready.
Condensed milk drizzled on top of a saltine crackers and a cup of coffee with condensed milk
WHAT IS REQUIRED
Recipe adapted from: Homemade-Sweetened-Condensed-Milk
2 cups of full cream milk powder
1.5 cups of sugar
1 cup of hot boiling water (preferred)
2 tablespoons of melted butter or ghee (optional) – to provide glossy effect and aromatic purposes.
The original recipes called for 1.5 cups of milk powder, but I found that it is a bit watery, therefore, I have increased to 2 cups of full cream milk powder.
B is the homemade condensed milk and A is the store bought condense milk.
STEPS OF PREPARATION
Heat up the water using microwave until boiling (optional – you can just use boiling water without the use of microwave. The hotter the water, the easier for the milk powder and sugar to dissolve. In a machine whisking bowl, put in the hot boiling water, add in sugar and milk powder gradually and whisk at a high speed until it is creamy and fine. Scrap the sides of the whisking bowl and add in the melted ghee or butter and continue whisking until well mix.
Note that I have tried from 1.5 cups to 3 cups of milk powder. For this illustration, it is 2.5 cups of milk powder but I think it is too sticky, therefore, the recipe have been amended to 2 cups. While beating, observed the consistency. If you find that it is watery, add in more milk powder. Put the condensed milk in a sterilized glass bottle. You can sterilize the glass bottle with some hot water. Let it cool completely before store in the fridge. Can keep to 1-2 weeks if clean utensils were used.
Making a cup of coffee with condensed milk
This is really a very easy recipe that I should have known it earlier. There are some advantages to home making your own condensed milk . One of the advantages is the ability to adjust the sweetness. I always found that the condensed milk sold over the counter is very sweet and surprisingly this recipe is not overly sweet. Secondly, if you do not like the dairy creamer, you can try to use soya bean milk powder and come out with the non-dairy version of condensed milk.. If you are concerned about the fat content of the milk, use the low fat version of the milk powder instead.
Cost may not be the main reason as milk powder can be equally expensive. But you know what you are preparing can have an added advantage as compared to store bought condensed milk. Lastly, to be fair, if you do not like the trouble of making this, adding 2 tablespoon of milk powder plus 1.5 tablespoon of sugar to your preferred beverage will also provide the same effect!!!!
Hope you like the post today. Cheers and have a nice day.
UPDATED POST – 2 – 12- 2014
Members of the Facebook Group are complaining that they have cans of condensed milk in the shelf unused and at times, they are so happy to see recipes that uses condensed milk. Personally I loved condensed milk and I like to use condensed milk for my bakes.. As such, I never have any problems with condensed milk that are unused. In fact condensed milk perform a major role of binding a cake. However, if you have problems of finishing your condensed milk, I have decided to select and share with a maximum of 15 recipes that uses condensed milk from Guaishushu blog. Many other recipes are not included because it utilizes only 1-2 tablespoons of condensed milk and inclusion of these will lead to too many recipes that need to be listed..If you still want the recipes, you can refer to the search queries: http://kwgls.wordpress.com/?s=condensed+milk
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