Since I've posted this post late and I won't be able to pick a winner until Friday as I won't be home until really late on Thursday, I decided to extend my giveaway until midnight CET on Saturday March 27th, 2010. So if you want to win a set of 4 multi-coloured Le Creuset prep bowls and a Nordicware Multi Mini Bundt Pan, go enter here!!
Now on to the important stuff, the reason why you came here..... Tell me: what's the strangest thing you've ever cooked in your life? For me it's cans.... You see I needed dulce de leche for this weeks recipe for Tuesdays with Dorie: Jodie of Beansy Loves Cake picked Dulce de Leche Duos, she posted the recipe here. To make and fill the cookies a can of dulce de leche was needed. Ofcourse I couldn't find any here in The Netherlands, I guess this was this weeks 'mystery ingredient'!
But luckily Julie of Someone's in the Kitchen foresaw this problem and gave us several options on how to make your own dulce de leche and dedicated this months Tricks for Treats to show us ways to make our own dulce de leche, thanks Julie!! I opted for cooking two cans of sweetened condensed milk and used this method.
The dulce de leche reminds me of a Dutch product called Bebogeen, some googleing gave my this information on Bebogeen: Dutch Wikipedia says Bebogeen was developed because there was no butter available in the northern part of The Netherlands after the World War II. Sugar beets were processed into a sweet spreadable caramel topping for bread. Bebogeen does not contain fat, but it does contain lots of carbs and can be considered as a Dutch version of the Latin-American dulce de leche. Bebogeen was also mentioned on several other websites/forums, such as in this article about dulce de leche on Absolute Astronomy.
I still have quite a bit of dulce de leche leftover, any ideas on what to do with it?? These cookies were delicious, I sandwiched half the batch with dulce de leche and served the other half as they were. For me the unfilled cookies were already sweet enough, the filled ones were too sweet!!
Go here to find this weeks Leave Your Link to see who made the Duos and what they thought of them!