5 ingredient dulce de leche and chilli chocolate tart

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It was Mish Delish and her tweet who inspired me to whip up the good ol’ can of sweetened condensed milk recently and make dulce de leche. To balance the sweetness of the resulting caramel, I have decided to add a dark chocolate layer to the dessert. And to make things even more interesting, a good hint of chilli completed the delicious ensemble of this ‘sometimes only food’ tart.

My last recollection of canned milk dulce de leche consists of a big bang, and a caramel drenched kitchen. Stove, celiling, cupboards and every other possible nook and cranny the sticky deliciousness could get into. Despite a thorough wipe down, I was finding caramel in some of the most hidden places for days, weeks even, after the explosion! And we had to repaint the ceiling. Mind you this was my somehwat forgetful flatmate Tony cooking, so this sort of an accident should have been obvious. Luckily, no one was in the kitchen at the time, otherwise the scars would have been more than emotional.

I hope I haven’t scared you off making dulche de leche? It’s totally worth it, and unless you fall asleep and let the water get too low, you will be fine.

PS You might have noticed the lack of specific recipes in my Cooking Now / Coming Soon section… This is because during the month of October I have been invited to take part in a 30-day Royal Selangor Get Your Jelly On challenge along with 9 other bloggers worldwide. This will include daily posts featuring the gorgoues Nick Munro designed jelly mould and focus on raising breast cancer awareness during the Pink Ribbon month. To celebrate, Wholesome Cook will be turning pink and host a number of exciting giveaways and features.

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Makes 2 single serve tarts

5 ingredient dulce de leche and chilli chocolate tart

The key to a succesful dulce de leche from a can is low, steady heat and a water level high enough to ensure the can is completely immersed at all times. I used Nestle’s 395g can of Sweetened Condensed Milk.

  • 1 sheet of frozen rolled puff pastry
  • 1 (395g) can of sweetened condensed milk
  • 60g dark chocolate (I used Cadbury’s Old Gold)
  • 1 red long chilli
  • oil spray

You will also need: 2 (9cm) loose bottom tart tins + pie weights or dried peas.

To make dulce de leche in a can: place the unopenned can in a large saucepan filled with cold water so that the can is completely immersed. Bring to a gentle simmer, then lower the heat immedieately to just under a simmer (a few air  bubbles coming off the bottom of the pan are fine). Cook for 3 hours, checking every 20 minutes and topping up with water as necessary.

Once ready, remove from the saucepan and allow to cool for about 1 hour before opening.

Preheat oven to 220C (200C fan forced, 425F, gas mark 7).

To prepare the pastry: spray tart tins with some oil spray and thaw pastry sheet. Cut pastry sheet in half on the diagonal, and place loosely over the tins. Press into sides and discard on overhanging edges by pressing your hand down around the edge of the tin. Prick base with a fork and fill pastry with pie weights or dried peas. Blind bake in the preheated oven for 10-12 minutes or until the pastry is golden brown. Remove from the oven and cool on a wire rack. Remove pie weights.

To make chilli chocolate: chop chilli (with half the seeds if you like more heat). Mash up in a microwave safe bowl with a pestle to release the juice. Discard of the chilli bits, leaving juice in the bowl. Break chocolate into squares and place into the chilli juice bowl. Microwave on high for 20 seconds, mix and go again if all the chocolate hasn’t melted. Mix well.

To assemble: spoon dulce de leche into the pie cases,  leaving a little margin for the chocolate, and spread evenly. Top with melted chilli chocolate and spread to cover. Refrigerate for 20 minutes or until the chocolate is set. Serve chilled or at room temperature. The tarts can be made 48 hours in advance.

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130 Responses to 5 ingredient dulce de leche and chilli chocolate tart

  1. Woo! that looks pretty sweet. I think I’d just eat the dark chocolate layer.

    Looking forward to your jelly mould creations!

  2. JasmyneTea says:

    Yum, only lately have I been able to eat chilli (slowly training myself), and I’ve discovered a love of chilli chocolate. Add dulche de leche and you have something I REALLY want to try making. Also, I love your forks!

    • Thanks! I picked a set of 6 (Queensland towns) from the Salvos store 🙂 And the tart is yum.

      • I have not tried to make spicy chocolate. This may be a first for me to try. It looks so yummy. Thanks for being specific about watching the milk…Three hours! Sounds like a Sunday afternoon treat! Good luck with you awareness campaign. I will observe to get tips for my own sometime.

  3. Mez says:

    The breast cancer awareness thing sounds fantastic, the more awareness the better! My mum died of breast cancer so it has a special place in my heart.

    These tarts look SO delicious, love, love the addition of chilli.


  4. oh dears at explodey dulce de leche! but yum your tart looks fabulous!

  5. Three words OMG. But wait, that was just one word wasn’t it? That looks absolutely sinful Martyna!

    • I think you have chosen the perfect adjective (sinful), but thanks!
      PS I was just doing the sugar math in my head after posting. At 50% sugar content in the ddl, that’s 100g per serve. Having said that last time I made it we shared one tart between 4 people. And I did say it was a sometimes only food. I reckon I’m covered. 🙂

  6. What can I say… yum!!!!

  7. I love DDL. I make it every now and then using milk and sugar, never tried using condensed milk. That explosion does not sound good – there must have been a lot of pressure for a can to explode. Good no one was around.

  8. I love how few ingredients this calls for. I’ve never done the condensed milk trick and really should. This looks really rich and great.

  9. This looks CRAZY rich and delicious! WOW! 🙂

  10. This is the second dulce de leche recipe I’ve seen in two days and now I have an intense craving for the taste. Great looking recipe!

  11. Chanel says:

    I want to eat a can of dulce de leche right now! You actually make it sound quite easy to make! As long as I keep an eye on the can that is 😉

  12. Sissi says:

    The combination of dulce de leche and dark chocolate is irresistible. Dulce de leche is one of the rare extremely sweet things I adore.
    I usually add some salt to the dulce de leche, but chili sounds like an equally (or probably more) interesting ingredient. I love your recipe and risk making it quite soon.
    It’s funny because this is exactly the way I make dulce de leche. I am always a bit scared, but nothing has happened until now…. I put really lots of water because as a serial pan burner I have tendency to forget the things on the stove.

    • Salt is nice too. The label actually said not to cook in the can, but I think they do it as a general precaution because it does need to cook for so long and be covered in water. And yes, I had a couple of run to the kitchen as quickly as I could moments to top up the water… Just best to set the timer for 20 mins every top up.

  13. Mish Lilley says:

    Thanks for the mention lovely. I’m always getting inspired by what others are cooking and talking about on Twitter, so it’s nice to be the inspirer. What a good looking tart! I love chocolate and chilli together it’s a match made in heaven.

  14. rsmacaalay says:

    I love mixing chocolate and chilli, I guess they are a perfect match that not everyone dared to try. Love this recipe

  15. Anna says:

    Haven’t tried choco with chili…I am a little curious as to how it would come out in the taste category…I’m keeping my hopes up though coz your picture looks so yummy! Thanks for sharing your recipe…

  16. I love ‘5 ingredient’ recipes and this looks indulgent and gooey good!

  17. Not fair … I’m SOOOOO hungry, and this looks amazing! 🙂

  18. Oh yum! I seriously want one of those right now! Couldn’t help but LOL at the dulce de leche mishap in the kitchen. 😀

    Great post and congratulations on being Freshly Pressed!

  19. This looks amazingingly sinful! I must try it! Thanks for sharing and congrats on being “Freshly Pressed”!

  20. Kathy says:

    I’ve gained 5 pounds just reading this post.

  21. CJM says:

    Chili and dark chocolate get my vote.

  22. Hi,
    These look so perfect …. sigh …but the calories !!

  23. Sweet Christ that looks delicious.

    Thanks. Now I must feed.

  24. UKate says:

    How much would you charge to send some of these to Somerset? Or, failing that, COME to Somerset and make some for me? No? Okay, what if I said ‘pretty please?’

    Seriously, these look *amazing.* And congrats on FP!


  25. Oh my gosh — I think this combines everything I love in a dessert, sweet, over-the-top decadent, and a little spicy, too. What a great idea!

  26. samiaf12 says:

    wow! these look so delish!! im sure to try these! i have a couple of recipes of my own on: www:samiassweettooth.piczo.com

    plz visit! thanks so much 😉

  27. valens87 says:

    Hello! I’ve found your blog on freshly pressed (congrats!) and I think your recipe is deliciuos , even if dulce de leche is too sweet for my taste! ( I tried dulce de leche years ago.)
    Have you ever tried quesillo? you can make it with condensed milk!
    Have a fantastic and tasty day 😉
    xo Valens

  28. macmaker says:

    this is the second boil-the-can dulce de leche recipe I’ve seen this week. it looks so delicious and easy. now I have to try it!

  29. drwebs says:

    This looks so good, I will for sure try this out, love small list ingredient foods.

  30. So going to try this!! Goes perfectly with breast cancer awareness…another reason to keep on living. Nicely done!

  31. Phat Chow says:

    Yeah sooo, I’m gonna have to whip this up ASAP. Maybe I’ll put some kind of jelly layer in there somewhere… : O

  32. Sandra says:

    One word here to respond to your dulce de leche and chilli chocolate tart – YUMMMY!!

  33. I cannot wait to try this!!!!!!!!!!!

  34. GroundCherry says:

    I have to admit,I remain a little wary of trying to heat the can of condensed milk to make dulce de leche. The combination of flavors seems pretty close to brilliant tho!

    P.S. Fudge wtih chili is delightful!

  35. Conor Bofin says:

    Many years ago, a lifeguard at Seapoint beach in Dublin, Ireland blew up a Fray Bentos steak and kidney pie by trying to heat it on a portable gas ring. Probably the best thing one could do with such an abomination. I remember bits of it stuck to the ceiling of the lifeguard hut for months after.

  36. Wow these look so delicious!! 5 ingredient recipes are a wonderful way to avoid jumbling up a good thing! I love simpler recipes–you can really palette each and every ingredient with each and every bite, which makes for a much richer tasting experience!

  37. Curt Sassak says:

    Nice clean blog, great photos

  38. Nonstepmom says:

    Can’t wait to try this. & Thanks for the Cancer plug, I need to do that!

  39. Mariana says:

    Oh my goodness this looks so delicious!

  40. ooh one to tempt the husb methinks 🙂

  41. This looks delicious. I am eating cooking and wishing I was eating a slice of this instead.

  42. RocioSabe says:

    Im argentinian,so, I can eat Dulce de Leche everyday if I want to. 🙂 Believe me, Dulce de leche is awesome! Really delicious…

  43. jessica says:

    Oh my goodness god of deliciousness. This looks fabulous!

  44. Love dulce de leche! Will try this! 🙂

  45. daisy says:

    Everything about this blog is just beautiful!

  46. Can’t wait to try this, combining two of my favorite flavors (dulce de leche and chili chocolate). Will be following you here and on twitter, which I just joined. Lovely blog.

  47. Eva McCane says:

    oh. my. god. I gave up sugar for a 30 day detox kinda thing. i visited your blog searching for a new recipe, then i realized that was a bad idea. my mouth is watering and tears are welling up because i can’t actually attempt this recipe for another 28 days. however, when my 28 days are up, this will be my first creation 🙂 thanks!

  48. Dish & Tell says:

    Awesome silverware! And holy cow that looks divine. Congrats on being Freshly Pressed :). Well earned!


  49. conniewalden says:

    Man, that looks delicious. It seems like I gain weight just looking at sweets like this. Thanks.

  50. chillininja says:

    That looks exquisite! Can I ask what Chilli you used?
    Cup of tea with this and you’re rockin’!

  51. Just viewing this post is adding pounds to my hips. Yum!

  52. OMG, that pie looks amazingly delicious! Wow, what a treat for these cooler months! Gotta have that condensed milk lol….yum yum YUM!!!

  53. LilleCiel says:

    That tart looks so yummy!!!! i might try that since it is easier for me, i only have to the store and buy a jar of Dulce de leche, here in argentina is like buying a milk or butter. it is something we have in every house and we use to fill our birthday cakes so i´ll just need to do the chilli chocolate. is there another way to do it without the microwave?, we don´t have one in my house. Thanx

    • Hiya! Lucky you!

      To melt the chocolate without a microwave, place it into a stainless steel bowl that will fit snugly over a saucepan filled with a little water (like a lid). Place the contraption over Medium heat and allow the heat to melt the chocolate, stirring occasionally.

  54. Nikki says:

    This looks AMAZING!
    And only 5 ingredients! I will definitely be trying this!
    Congratulations on being a featured blog!

  55. J & K says:

    Looks amazing!!!

  56. Diane Landy says:

    I absolutely have to make this. Thanks!

  57. This is beautiful! I will definitely be making the chilli chocolate. I love that you used a fresh chilli pepper! Just lovely.

  58. sarahnsh says:

    Looks super yummy and very pretty too. I gotta try this out and have my better half bake it up for me. 😉

  59. cakebaker35 says:

    This sounds great! Your post made me laugh!! Reminds me of something I did when I was a kid. I left eggs boiling on the stove.. I forgot about them and well they starting exploding! LOL!!! Never did that again!! 🙂

  60. seven spoons says:

    gorgeous dish and stunning photography!

  61. Now that looks wonderful. I love the simplicity of it, and the photos are stunning, too. Well done!

  62. that’s definitely going to be saturday #42 😀 LOOKS HEAVENLY

  63. Ryan Hirsch says:

    Wow beautiful pictures, makes me wanna start baking at 1 a.m!

    Check out my blog too : )

  64. O my this looks amazing! mmmm….

  65. THANK YOU so much to everyone who took the time to click, read and comment on my blog post! I may not be able to reply to each and one of you personally, but will try to answer any queries and check out your blogs too…
    THANK YOU also to those of you who liked the post and, of course those of you who have subscribed. I hope my musings and recipes will entertain you and help you create some yummy dishes at home.
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  66. Thank you for your great food photography, it really makes me hungry. I will recommend this blog to all of my friends hoping anyone of them has time to make dulce de leche and chilli chocolate tart for me. But, regarding what happended to you, they should use their own kitchen. 🙂

  67. whatsaysyou says:

    Oh my goodness. This looks mouth-watering and yummy.

  68. vsbjorge says:

    this sounds so good, and it look fantastic. Your photos are stunning too 🙂

  69. indiraadams says:

    That looks DELICIOUS! I just love the look of the chocolate on the tarts. What does the chili do to the flavor? I’ve never tried it with chocolate before. I will defiantly try to make this in the near future. Good job!


  70. I’m so obsessed with these…
    Thank you for sharing your version!

  71. homeorganics says:

    Gorgeous post – tart sounds amazing and the photos are beautiful. Well done

  72. This is great! I am unable to bake – no matter what it is I manage to make it a tragedy. I’m going to try this though!

  73. Wow – this looks deliciously indulgent, must try making it…thanks!


  74. 44hzcabs says:

    This, in Argentina, minus de chili, is called “Torta bombón” (bombon cake). And yes, tastes as good as it looks. Probably better =)

  75. Sounds like a great treat. I will be trying it very soon.

    Thank you, keep up the good work and God bless.

  76. It looks so delicious. mmm … yummy … slurp

  77. Chilli in a pudding, it gets my vote. I’m going to have to try this one – after a long run, so I can justify eating it ;o). Thanks for sharing it with us.

  78. Aila says:

    chili and chocolate? it’s the first time I’ve heard of this. The dulce de leche looks good though! I would have to try this.. I just hope my mom’s this good at cooking 🙂

  79. mschristiner says:

    so delicious! i remember eating this in France and wondering how they made such a delicious treat. Now I can make it for myself here in Australia. Thanks!!

  80. This is a great recipe! Do you happen to be Malaysian (the Royal Selangor might have given it away?) I am Malaysian as well. I work at the Harvard Business School and love to write about the intersection of food, psychology, and culture. you can visit it here: thinkingandeating.wordpress.com . I would love to get your feedback on how to improve my blog 🙂

  81. This looks amazing — good hand with the puff pastry: it won’t look like that if I do it, but I think I can keep the caramel can from exploding.

  82. this looks delicious!!!! great idea! So simple, and I love a little spice in my chocolate!

  83. I’ve never seen DIY dulce de leche like this before. So simple, yet impressive!

  84. I’ve never seen DIY dulce de leche like this before. So simple, yet impressive!

  85. acadianeire says:

    Just bought an 80% dark chocolate bar yesterday and I have a can of sweetened condensed in the pantry. It’s the Canadian Thanksgiving this weekend and I’m definitely scrapping that whole “pumpkin pie” idea now!

  86. amandajtai says:

    This looks decadently delicious. Who would have thought it only had five ingredients. Are there any alternatives to the 3 hour stovetop process? Thanks!

    • Thanks for your comment. I believe in some countries you can get Nestle’s Top’n’Fill dulce de leche in a can. I presume it’s a similar product, but I’ve never tried. Other people cook milk and sugar down in a saucepan but you need to watch it and stir…

  87. Ashlee Craft says:

    That looks so delicious!

  88. My mouth is watering…. Chilli and chocolate sounds like a really yummy combination!

  89. Sabrina says:

    i followed your recipe. it was delish!


  90. ANAR373CT says:

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    thank before…

  91. Wow, that looks amazing. I’ve always liked a bit of spice in my chocolate.

  92. gaycarboys says:

    i’ll be trying it the very second in off my diet;)

  93. ezrazoe says:

    Wow. Gorgeous site… beautiful photos and layout. Keep up the good work!
    And you must tell me how you got so many comments so soon!

  94. Love your photography! Love your blog!

    Keep up the good work 🙂

  95. natasiarose says:

    I need this in my life. Thanks for sharing!

  96. So often I just ‘buy’ chocolate and chilli together, I’ve never really thought of making a chocolate a chilli dish. This makes it look so achievable! (and delicious!)
    Heidi xo

  97. Why, oh why do I have to find posts like this? I can eat sweetened condensed straight out of the can (and I did a little bit of that yesterday, making a choc. sheet cake & frosting recipe that used a can). But then you caramelize it, and it becomes definitely irresistible. Now you’ve gone and put dark chocolate on top, and a puff pastry on the bottom and a chili to give it kick. I don’t need this kind of temptation!

  98. arisawake says:

    definitely got to try this! nice post here ;))

  99. I make arequipe (that;s what Colombians call dulce de leche) in a can too. I have never had an explosion…growing up I heard one of my aunts did and her story is as funny as yours 🙂 I am curious, how does the chili pepper taste with it? I’m going to try this great looking recipe without the chili.

  100. missantelina says:

    I am leaving a comment so that I remember to get the ingredients to make this- sometime this week! Chocolate with chili has always seemed inspiring after the movie “Chocolat”. 😀

  101. I love the idea of chocolate on top!

  102. Oh, my a dulce de leche explossion? This tart looks fantastic! Thanks so much for linking this recipe up in the Holiday Recipe Exchange.

  103. Spencer says:

    Looks absolutely wonderful!

  104. melanied927 says:

    Ahhh, this looks amazing! I love homemade dulce de leche!

  105. LaureeOhOhOh says:

    This looks AMAZING!! I love spicy/Mexican style chocolate and dulce de leche is a perfect compliment to the peppery bite! Add a buttery crust? I’m so in!



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