If you follow me here and on Instagram you know I’m all for the eat everything philosophy. However, I’m not a big fan of the everything in moderation thing. Everyone keeps talking about this and we all know that balance is everything in life, but moderation may mean very different things from one person to another. We all have bodies, needs, lives and wishes that are different. And here is my point. Wishes! I really believe that we should all eat whatever we want and respect our true wishes.
Let me tell you something that happened this weekend at my parents house. My aunt and cousin came to visit mom. They got here around 6PM and 4 galls talking non stop made dinner time arrive sooner than expected. My father just picked up the phone and ordered some pizzas. I come from São Paulo which is the Brazilian NYC equivalent when it comes to pizza and Saturday nights are almost made for pizza. And I just LOVE pizza. It’s my all time favourite food (I like it more than I like pumpkins, can you believe it?). But the thing is that, nowadays, I allow myself not to like any pizza. Pizza is serious business for me and it’s not an every day (nor every Saturday night) food. Pizzas are for when I want to have something special – doesn’t matter the reason. Or pizza is for when I’m craving a real pizza. And it has to be THE pizza. Little ordinary pizza from the pizza place around the corner (that is pretty ok, but not my style) it’s not, for me, THE pizza and I don’t feel like throwing myself at some slices. So, when I chose a different menu for my evening snack my cousin promptly asked me if I didn’t like pizza. I told her, in a heart beat, that I loved it, but I was not a huge fan of that one, so, I’d rather have something else for dinner and save my pizza moment for another time. That pizza would not make me happy. It was not what I was craving at that moment.
I know this Marie Kondo reflexion doesn’t come easy. At least for me, a great issue I had about my food habits was to really identify my true cravings. It was to know when I honestly wanted to have pizza, burgers, candy or when I was just having them out of boredom, impulse, greediness, compulsion…
With that said, let’s get to our business, the so called condemned* milk. If you’ve never had sweetened condensed milk out of the can you don’t know true sugar high joy. And before we start calling the poor condensed milk a villain, let me propose an exercise. Have you ever read it’s label? Yes, it is, for sure, filled with fat and sugar, but have you ever checked to see what is it made of? Sweetened condensed milk is nothing but a mixture of milk and sugar. Of course you don’t have to eat the entire can and you shall not gave it often, but every once in a while, if you really want it. Why not?
And then, crazy, curious little me asks herself… Wait a second! If it’s just milk and sugar we can attempt to do it at home, right?
And I promise that, if you have all THREE ingredients (one of them being water), making homemade sweetened condensed milk can be easier than standing in the line of the supermarket. And of course, since we’re home making it, we can be creative and make it vegan and lac free, right? Simple is not a synonym of dull.
Condemned* Milk (vegan/lac free)
1 cup coconut powdered milk* (or any other kind of powdered milk)
1/2 cup hot water
1/4 cup powdered sugar
Before we start I must say that this recipe works with just any kind of powdered milk, even cow milk. I also tested it with goat milk, soy and last, my favourite, coconut powdered milk.
I googled it and found that, just like here in Brazil, anywhere we can easily find different kinds of powdered milk, including lac free and soy ones (vegan) but, here in São Paulo, I had some trouble finding powdered coconut milk. But if you have Amazon in your country it’ll save you. And if you have any tips on where to find good/cheap powdered coconut milk in your town/country, share with us in the comments.
I had to share my search for coconut powdered milk for this was, indeed, the hardest part of the recipe. Let me get to the step by step of it and you’ll understand:
- boil 1 cup of water (it’ll evaporate once it boils)
- pour 1/2 cup of boiling water (it’s very important that you use boiling water) with the rest of the ingredients (sugar/powdered milk) into a blender (you can also use a hand mixer) and beat blend it until all the powders are well combined.
If you’re using coconut milk you’ll get to enjoy the sweet smell of the coconut coming out of your blender.
- place it in a well sealed container and keep it on the fridge for about 2 hours to thicken.
The longer it sits on the fridge, the thicker it gets.
That’s it! Make chocolate truffles, coconut truffles, caramel, ganache, eat it pure………………
What about using it to make a ganache for the two ingredients yummy chocolate cake we baked here the other day?
Our homemade sweetened condensed milk can sit on your fridge for about 5 days but I dare you to make it last that long.