Dulce de leche cortada (otherwise known as miguelucho) loosely translates to curled milk dessert.
Now, wait. If you’re not of Latin American descent, don’t be alarmed.
This isn’t a dessert made using old milk. It’s actually a delicious treat that is very unique. Another way to think of the dessert is as caramel milk curds.
If you like cottage cheese, chances are you’ll enjoy the texture of this dessert. And, who doesn’t love the flavor of dulce de leche?
What can be made from curdled milk?
When people think of curdled milk, they immediately think of spoiled (as in rotten) milk. Curled milk is actually milk that has been “curdled” using something acidic, such as lime juice.
There are many curled milk recipes. Curled milk is not only used to make dulce de leche cortada, but it can be used to make cheeses, such as cottage cheese or even goat cheese, depending on the milk you use.
Hispanic recipes you might like:
- Sorullos Recipe(Opens in a new browser tab)
- Puerto Rican Style Coconut Pudding (Tembleque)
- Arroz Con Leche
What is dulce de leche cortada?
Sweet curdled milk or caramel milk curds is milk that is curdled using an acidic ingredient. In the recipe below, lime juice is used.
The milk is sweetened with sugar before being curdled. It’s unlike anything you’ve ever had before (unless you’re Latino, of course).
How does dulce de leche cortada taste like?
Dulce de leche cortada has a caramelized sugar taste with the addition of lime. The curd-texture causes many to compare the texture to fudge.
What are the ingredients to dulce de leche cortada?
To make this curled milk recipe, you are going to need the following ingredients:
- Whole milk
- Orange zest
- Lime juice
- Vanilla extract
How to make dulce de leche cortada
Now that you have gathered your ingredients, it is time to make the dulce de leche cortada. All you have to do is follow the steps below:
This recipe is super easy to make. You want to first thoroughly mix together your sugar and egg until well blended.
You are going to add the milk and mix until incorporated. Transfer the mixture to a pot and heat over low heat until it reaches a simmer.
Next, you want to cover the surface of the milk mixture with lime juice, making sure to cover it evenly.
Continue to simmer for 30 minutes. You don’t have to do anything to it while it simmers. At the 10-minute mark, the milk mixture will have curdled.
At the 30-minute mark, the syrup will have reduced and thickened.
Add your vanilla extract, mixing thoroughly, and remove from the heat. Refrigerate until cold and serve.
Your dulce de leche cortada is ready to serve!
Dulce de Leche Cortada Recipe
Before you print this dulce de leche cortada recipe, there are two more things you should know:
1. Use whole milk, if you don’t have whole milk, use a combination of heavy cream and milk. It won’t curdle as well if it’s non-fat.
2. Distribute the lime juice evenly over the whole pot. The first time I did it I poured it in the center and it didn’t curdle as beautifully.
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- ¾ Cups sugar
- 1 Egg
- 2 Cups whole milk
- 1 Tsp cinnamon
- Zest from 1 orange
- ¼ Cup lime juice
- 1 Tsp vanilla extract
In a bowl whisk together sugar and egg until fully incorporated. Add milk and mix until combined, around 3 minutes.
Pour the mix into a pot over low heat and bring to a gentle simmer whisking consistently.
Stop whisking and add lime juice, distributing it evenly over the whole surface. Let it simmer for around 30 minutes untouched. In 10 minutes it will curdle and at the 30-minute mark, the syrup will have reduced and thickened.
Add vanilla extract and mix.
Remove from heat and refrigerate.
1. Use whole milk, if you don't have use a combination of heavy cream and milk. It won't curdle as well if it's non-fat.
2. Distribute the lime juice evenly over the whole pot. The first time I did it I poured it in the center and it didn't curdle as beautifully.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 263Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 59mgSodium: 71mgCarbohydrates: 50gFiber: 1gSugar: 47gProtein: 6g
This calculations might not be accurate.