Ask some members of this staff what to do with leftover condensed milk—for example, if you had the remnants of a giant taste test to find out the best brand lying around your office—and they'd say: drink it straight. Or they might put it in their coffee or tea, Southeast Asian style. But condensed milk is actually the secret ingredient in a huge variety of sweets, and here are some of our favorite ideas.
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This rum-laced take on Thai iced coffee is made with Blue Bottle's New Orleans-style cold brew coffee.
This rich Latin American sauce made by caramelizing sweetened condensed milk can be used to top your sweets, but its so good that there's no shame in grabbing a spoon and just going at it all on its own.
This rich Latin American sauce, made by caramelizing sweetened condensed milk ,can be used to top so many sweets, but its so good that there's no shame in grabbing a spoon and just going at it all on its own.
We have an excellent key lime pie on this site, and a super-easy, sweet and salty icebox lime pie for those pressed for time. This pie is a hybrid of both: a real graham cracker crust filled with sweet-tart condensed milk-flavored custard, but even easier, cooler, and more refreshing than your standard pie.
You'll find this cake moist, tender, and citrusy, holding a touch of spice from pungent cinnamon. The whole things is soaked with a mixture of condensed milk and heavy cream, then covered with a generous blanket of ultra-smooth Swiss buttercream frosting after a brief spell in the icebox. This cake doesn't need layers to be decadent or awesome.
This quick, tender cake calls on orange zest for its bright flavor, making it the perfect springtime treat. A generous helping of creamy Swiss buttercream wraps the whole thing in a smooth blanket of sugary joy.
What we have here is the tart, sweet flavor of pineapple that's intensified through the process of grilling and amped up by the smoky aroma, covered in a sweet creamy sauce with a hint of coconut. It's a cook-out favorite.
Traditional Thai dessert? Nah. Good? Yes. This tender, Thai tea-infused cake sitting in a pool of rich condensed milk custard sauce reminds you of, what else? Thai tea with condensed milk.
This is a four ingredient, ten minute, better-than-homemade-sweet-potato-pie dessert. Could you ask for anything more out of a recipe?
"If the iced version was blended and topped with whipped cream, it could knock a Frappuccino out of the park." [Photographs: Allison Hemler] The thought of putting an inch of half-and-half and three sugar packets into eight ounces of coffee...
My colleagues have never used condensed milk in anything other than the likes of lemon meringue pie, fudge, flan, and random candies. I have therefore taken it upon myself to spread the good word on condensed milk: its versatility, its economy, its utter gloriousness.
April Bloomfield, on reduced condensed milk....