Salted dulce de leche crumble bars

20 Aug

salted dulce de leche bars

If there is a heaven I am willing to bet that dulce de leche flows freely from the taps. This sweet treat, made by gently heating sweetened condensed milk, is a fancy yet easy addition to almost any baked goods. And here’s a secret – adding a pinch of really good salt makes a good thing even better.

When I say good salt I am absolutely not referring to cooking salt tor table salt. Getting my condiment snob on for a moment, you need a gourmet salt that will improve, not ruin, the taste. Personally, I adore pink salt from either the Murray River in Australia or the Himalayas. Good quality salt costs more but you use only a small amount so it will last a long time.

Good quality salt also improves the taste of savoury food – a perfectly poached egg with a twist of pink salt on toast is one of my fav breakfasts.

You can cheaply and easily make your own dulce de leche, which is what I do. Follow the simple instructions here:

Trust me, you will want to eat this amazing food of the gods straight from the tin. Word of warning – let it cool down first lest you burn your mouth #BeenThereDoneThat

I was inspired by a recipe on the American Heritage Cooking website for this recipe.


225 grams of unsalted butter, diced, room temperature

1 tablespoons vanilla extract

1/3 cup caster sugar

1/2 cup icing sugar

2 cups plain flour, sifted

400 grams dulce de leche, either home-made or store bought

1/2 teaspoon best quality salt

Salted dulce de leche squares


Make the dulce de leche:

Preheat oven to 160 C° and grease and line a 9×13 baking tin, allowing paper to overhang on two opposite ends for easy removal.

In an electric beater beat both sugars, butter and vanilla for 3-4 minutes or until pale and fluffy.

With mixer on low slowly add the flour and beat until a pale coloured dough forms.

Using just one third of the dough, gently press into the pan – using a flat bottomed glass can help. Bake for 20 minutes, remove and set aside for 10 minutes.

Pour dulce de leche over the top, then sprinkle over salt evenly, then clump the remaining dough mix into small balls and distribute over the top.

Bake for another 20 minutes then remove and allow to cool completely before cutting into bars.

dulce de leche bars



27 Responses to “Salted dulce de leche crumble bars”

  1. Miss Dinie August 21, 2016 at 2:00 am #

    Hmmm.. These and a cup of tea would do very well in grey,windy, and wet London!

    • The Hungry Mum August 22, 2016 at 9:35 am #

      Oh yes, they would be perfect with a cuppa!

      • Miss Dinie August 22, 2016 at 9:37 am #

        Still stormy here.. How’s Australia?

  2. Laura (PA Pict) August 21, 2016 at 4:02 am #

    Oh I am SO making these! You had me at dulce de leche to be honest.

    • The Hungry Mum August 22, 2016 at 9:36 am #

      Yeah, I am a bit addicted to dulce de leche. Doesn’t help that it is so easy to make!

      • Laura (PA Pict) August 22, 2016 at 10:20 am #

        I meant to tell you that I made your dulce de leche chocolate loaf cake again but with decent cocoa powder and it was the bomb. The cocoa made all the difference. I’m actually going to be posting about my kids baking and will include a link back to that recipe. It’s a big hit in this house.

      • The Hungry Mum August 22, 2016 at 1:54 pm #

        Oh, yay! That’s awesome 🙂 Is amazing what difference something as basic as cocoa can make to the outcome of a recipe.

  3. youthfoodblog August 21, 2016 at 4:09 am #

    a timely recipe for the Sunday party!

  4. Laura @ Feast Wisely August 21, 2016 at 2:24 pm #

    Interesting to hear about the Murray River salt Hungry Mum – I’ve been using Himalayan salt for a few years so will have to look out for it….

    • The Hungry Mum August 22, 2016 at 9:37 am #

      It is very similar and readily available. Plus, it is Australian – I try to buy Aussie made where I can.

      • Laura @ Feast Wisely August 22, 2016 at 5:02 pm #

        Me too Hungry Mum – was very pleased this weekend to pick up new season garlic!

  5. Gather and Graze August 21, 2016 at 3:15 pm #

    My gosh… this sounds right up my alley HM! 🙂

  6. lambsearsandhoney August 22, 2016 at 4:49 pm #

    Oh – I want some of these right now. I’m such a greedy girl when it comes to cake, but add dulce de leche and any resitsance I might have to temptation just flees!

    • The Hungry Mum August 24, 2016 at 9:28 am #

      Dulce de leche is food of the gods – I go weak in its presence.

  7. Shari August 23, 2016 at 6:20 am #

    I think you are right, we must be able to eat these in heaven! 🙂 They look so amazing. With homemade dulce de leche, it must put them over the top. Love the salt added, too. I wish I could just reach right in and grab one! 🙂

    • The Hungry Mum August 24, 2016 at 9:29 am #

      Thanks Shari! Wouldn’t it be great if you could just pull something from the screen to eat? I would def need some fat pants!

  8. ChgoJohn August 23, 2016 at 6:52 am #

    I’ve heard that most of us can be categorized as either salt or sweet lovers. My taste buds are firmly planted in the salt group. Using “salt” in a recipe title is sure to get my attention. These sound like the perfect snack — until you post your next recipe, that is. 🙂

    • The Hungry Mum August 23, 2016 at 6:31 pm #

      Snap! I used to be a sweet tooth but the older I get, the less sugary stuff I want and hand me that cheese plate and no-one gets hurt. PS – like your new profile pic 🙂

  9. CakePants August 23, 2016 at 9:17 am #

    These bars look wonderful! I’ve never really tried fancy salts, but I’ll take your word for it that you can really taste a difference – I’ll have to try pink salt sometime. I love desserts that combine a bit of salty in with the sweet!

    • The Hungry Mum August 23, 2016 at 6:28 pm #

      Thanks Ms CakePants 🙂 I am a salt snob, once you try the good stuff there’s no turning back 😉

  10. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella August 24, 2016 at 8:15 pm #

    Haha I found myself nodding in agreement at the heaven with free flowing salted caramel!! You are too funny 😀

  11. Sarah 'n Spice August 25, 2016 at 6:04 am #

    These are so getting made in my house this week! DELISH!

    • The Hungry Mum August 25, 2016 at 5:12 pm #

      Yay Sarah! Thanks, hope you love them as much as me 🙂


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