The other day I asked on my Facebook page, “What’s something you reeeeaaallly wish you had an allergy-friendly recipe for (and what’s the ingredient/s that is stopping you make the original recipe)?” Well. I got lots of comments. Like about 180 of them. And one that was mentioned a few times was dairy free condensed milk, so I thought it was about time I had a go at it.
There are a few dairy free condensed milk recipes online – I had a quick look for Thermomix versions and found this one over at The Thermomix Diaries, which linked back to this one on the Thermomix Recipe Community. Of course, I had to have a play with the recipe to reduce the sugar (too much for me!), change it to a sweetener I prefer, and start with a creamier (dairy free) base instead of milk. And this is what I came up with… So delicious!!
I’ve made it a few times now, each time a little different, so here’s two different versions – one is just a basic dairy free condensed milk, and the other is a dairy free dulce de leche (caramel) inspired by this recipe over at the UK Thermomix FB page.
By the way, great news – not once has it boiled over, or even gotten close. I know that’s the dreaded danger when you make condensed milk or dulce de leche with cow’s milk. (I remember the horror stories my friend Bel told me about the sticky mess all over her countertop and under her Thermomix! Eek!) Cow’s milk has a tendency to do this when boiled, but I have never had a problem with dairy free milks and creams. (Hopefully no one proves me wrong!)
Update note: Ok, someone proved me wrong. Theirs boiled over. So I’ve halved the amounts, reduced the temp and raised the speed. Sorry, it takes a little longer now, but it’s better to play it safe, I think. You can double the recipe and it shouldn’t overflow (hasn’t for me), but it may take up to 2 hours to cook.
For both of these recipes, you will need a thick coconut milk or cream to use as the base. Different brands of coconut creams will need different cooking times, depending on how thick or thin they are. I prefer to make my own, but tinned is fine. When you’re cooking the condensed milk or dulce de leche, check it after an hour to see if it’s thick yet – I usually find it’s closer to an hour and a half though. Because every kind is different, it is a bit of trial and error. Whatever you do, don’t use tinned ‘Lite’ coconut milk – it’s mostly water and additives, and you won’t get a good result.