Cuban Dulce De Leche

Spoon hanging in the air with cuban dulce de leche and a glass pot under with a black and white tea towel.
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Cuban dulce de leche is made with 3 ingredients: milk, sugar, lemon and cinnamon if you wish to flavour it. Also called dulce de leche cortada, this is an easy sweet treat to prepare.

Has your milk spoiled? Is it expired? Don’t discard it, here is a recipe to use it. Even if you already have curdled milk, we can make this delicacy. Otherwise, we will curdled it ourselves.

Dulce de leche cortada is from Cuba but other latino countries do it too. Hubby is Cuban so this is what I know!

This is an amazing way to avoid waste and pour expired milk down the drain! I love a great opportunity to turn something that would normally be garbage into a dessert. In the same idea, I keep my vegetable scraps to make a flavourful veggie broth.

How To Make Dulce De Leche Cortada Recipe?

The steps to make this are quite simple. Made with only 3 ingredients and some patience while it’s cooking.

Curdling the milk: Warm up the milk and pour the lemon. The dairy and citrus reaction will cause the milk to curdle and create clumps.

Making the dulce de leche cortada: Put the milk back on the heat and add the sugar. Use the flavour of your choice if you wish to add some, cinnamon is a great choice!

When it’s ready, it almost looks like some cooked ground beef. All the milk has cooked and caramelized with the sugar.

It is sweet and the hint of cinnamon, you can eat alone by the spoon or spread it on a plain cookie. Enjoy it with your tea or coffee!

What Is The Difference With The Regular Dulce De Leche?

Cuban dulce de leche cortada uses regular milk to be prepared while the dulce de leche that everyone knows is made of condensed milk.

The more common dulce de leche has a smooth texture but is way sweeter than this one.

Preparing this recipe is really easy and low maintenance: 3 ingredients and one pot. Just keep and eye on the milk so it does not spill over. You won’t like the cleaning! Speaking with experience!

More Cuban recipes:

Cuban Flan
Garbanzos Fritos
Pastelitos de Guayaba from Went There 8 This
Churros from Mexico in my kitchen

I highly recommend making my recipes using a scale but for your convenience I have also converted the recipe using this website.

Cuban Dulce de Leche

Cuban dulce de leche is made with 3 ingredients: curdled milk, sugar, lemon and cinnamon if you wish to flavour it. Also called dulce de leche cortada, this is an easy sweet treat to prepare.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 10 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Cuban
Keyword: Cuban, curd milk, dulce de leche, dulce de leche cortada, expired milk, spoiled milk
Servings: 1 cup
Author: Mélanie


  • 4 cups milk 2% for me
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon


  • In a pot, pour the milk and warm it up. Add the lemon juice, set aside to cool down.
  • After 30 minutes, the milk has curdled.
  • Put the pot back on the heat, add the sugar and the cinnamon.
  • Bring it to a gentle simmer and reduce to medium low. Cook for an hour, stirring often.
  • Your dulce de leche is done when there is no more milk and it looks like ground beed.
  • Store in a air tight container in the fridge for a week (will not last that long!)


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