Dulce de Leche reaches NZ shores
Dulce de Leche, a traditional South American dessert enjoyed world-wide, is now in New Zealand!Literally translated as ‘sweet from milk’ in English Dulce de Leche is known as milk jam or caramel spread.
Gluten free, this traditional and authentic South American topping has now landed on New Zealand shores.
History of Dulce de LecheThe first historical reference dates back to 1829. Juan Manuel de Rosas (Argentina) and his political enemy, Juan Lavalle were having a peace meeting. According to legend, Manuel de Rosa’s maid forgot about her pot of boiling milk and sugar and returned, she found it had transformed into the exquisite caramel of Dulce de Leche and a new favourite dessert was created.
Depending on where in the world you are, Dulce de Leche may also be known as manjar, manjar blanco, arequipe, or cajeta and the recipe itself also varies.
In Argentina it’s made with milk, sugar, vanilla essence and baking soda but it is argued that the ‘simpler the better’ where in Uruguay Dulce de Leche ingredients are just milk and sugar.