My mother was born in Cienaga Magdalena, Colombia - simply known as "la costa". ( "the coast" in Spanish.) Among many of my visits, I remember it to be a small and quaint town, with the walls of the nearby shops and houses painted all colors of the rainbow. The facade of bright white buildings combined with the hot sun beaming down, made it hard to see out in front of you. I've only been to Colombia a handful of times as a child, but the memories remain vivid in my mind. Things that stand out to me are the town, the smells walking through the cobble stone streets, Postobon, and Arequipe.
Better known as Dulce de Leche - in South America it is usually served with a large, round and thin wafer cracker called "oblea" When my grandmother, Mamy Lucy would return from her trips - inevitably, I could expect a little surprise. While my mother came to the states very young and became Americanized rather quickly, I always associated myself with a bit of my South American background. I longed for those little bits of Colombia.
The taste of Arequipe will bring me much nostalgia - which is why I wanted to try and make it from scratch. There is no true recipe here - but you do need time. It can be considered a caramel, but it is WAY better!
3 or 4 cans of condensed milk, wrapper peeled off
1 sauce pot that will fit the cans in evenly
approximately 3 hours
1. Hammer a nail into both sides of the can
2. Next, place all the cans in a sauce pot and fill the bottom with water to come up about half way around the sides of the can. Put it on a low heat and go do things around the house.
In the picture above you can see what the holes do. First, it ensures that the cans will not explode. Second, it allows you to preview the color of your milk to make sure you do not under or overcook it!
This is how it looked when I took it out after about 4 hours! I was confused by the color but remembered that I needed to stir the bottom which is where the magic happens.
Take a look and see the amazing transformation.
Try this delicious spread on fruit, cakes, ice cream, bread - you name it!
I'd like you to leave your comments below and tell me about a nostalgic food that you have from your family.