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Recession Proof Baking Tips Part 5

IMG_2025.JPGThere aren’t many people who disdain dulce de leche.  (Unless they’re lactose intolerant.)  It’s creamy, it’s sweet, and it’s tangy. Unfortunately, it’s also hard to find, so I’ve figured out a cheap and easy way to make it at home.  All you’ll need is a can of sweetened condensed milk, a saucepan, and water.  Remove the label off the can, place it in the saucepan, and pour in enough water to come up 2/3 of the way. Then, poke large holes on the top of the can with a bottle opener. Boil for 3 to 4 hours, keeping an eye on the water level.  That’s it. Dulce de leche for little over a dollar!

IMG_2026.JPGI’ve read lots of recipes that call for a “silpat” – a silicone mat used to line baking sheets.  While it admittedly works wonders, it’s not really economical  prices range from $15 to $40.  Instead, take the practical route and use parchment paper. It’s cheap, easy, and doesn’t have to be constantly washed!  Best of all, you’ll get the same “non-stick” results whenever you bake.

IMG_2032.JPGI love baking cakes, but icing the sides of a cake is next to impossible.  I just can’t get that smooth, professional-looking frosting.   A lot of recipes suggest a revolving cake stand, but there’s a great, inexpensive alternative.  First things first, refrigerate the cake, so it doesn’t come apart while icing.   Then, place back it on the cake, it will fit perfectly and make icing a breeze.


  1. I use Glad Bake. It’s non-stick (no need to grease the pan) and reusable. Just wipe it clean first:)
    I heard you can cook the can of condensed milk without holes in the pressure cooker for an hour. Urban legend?

  2. even cheaper recipe for dulce de leche with whole milk and sugar

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