Homemade Condensed Milk Recipe

Sweetened Condensed Milk Recipe – Homemade, Easy and Simple

We all love to make cakes and ice-creams. We are so excited about that and we start thinking only about the flavors, tastes, what to add, what not to add, how long to bake, how long to stir – so much goes in our mind.

And once we have decided, we scout for all the ingredients, we go out to store, we buy them all – cocoa powder, cream, baking powder and what not. In this, there is something else that we buy too –


We buy this ingredient so many times, that we don’t stop to think that may be, may be we can do this at home 🙂

I believe the reason for not making this at home is not about difficulty, but thinking that this is not a recipe by itself.

It actually makes total sense to make this at home. Not only for money savings, but you get to make it with no preservatives, you decide how much you need to make, and you know how sweet you want it to be.

What is Sweetened Condensed Milk?

As the name implies, this is milk which has been sweetened, and condensed to a form where most of the water content in the milk has been removed. This results in forming a thick milky syrup with a higher shelf life and awesome taste-adding attribute to whichever recipe this is added to. Where do you think the ice-cream gets its sweet taste? 🙂



Recipes that you can make with Sweetened Condensed Milk

  • Cakes
  • Ice Creams
  • Milk Jelly
  • CHEESECAKES (Yes, I say this is a different breed!)
  • PIES

For our own homemade cuisines stable, we have used condensed milk to Cantaloupe Ice-cream and Choco Lava Cake. We still have many more to come using this awesome ingredient.

You can also have this in a cup of bowl if your sweet tooth pushes you!

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Sweetened Condensed Milk Recipe | Homemade
Sweetened Condensed Milk - though not a recipe by itself, is so much an important ingredient, that it deserves a special mention as a recipe. This is a condensed thick form of milk that has been sweetened and can be stored for multiple recipes.
Homemade Condensed Milk Recipe
Cook Time 30 minutes
  • 500 ml milk
  • 15 tbsp sugar
Cook Time 30 minutes
  • 500 ml milk
  • 15 tbsp sugar
Homemade Condensed Milk Recipe
  1. The ingredients are simple enough. Milk and some sugar is condensed, it forms a good thick syrup form which is very important for many recipes.
  2. Pour the milk into a bottom heavy boiling pan. Add sugar to it.
    Sweetened-Condensed-Milk-Add Sugar to Milk
  3. Heat it in a low flame and stir continuously until the sugar is completely dissolved in the milk.
    Sweetened-Condensed-Milk - Dissolve Sugar
  4. Once the milk starts boiling, move the flame back to medium and stay for 15-20 minutes. Stir every 3 minutes only. Keep checking the consistency of the milk.
    Sweetened-Condensed-Milk - Boiling Milk
  5. After 15-20 minutes, you will notice that the milk has reduced considerably from its original quantity and it should look creamy. Its time to switch off the flame. You will notice the color of milk has changed to a light yellow creamy one and the milk has also thickened.
    Sweetened-Condensed-Milk - Thickened Milk
  6. How will you know the condensed milk is ready? First check with spoon, when you take a spoonful and pour it back, it should drip and fall. It should not flow freely. Similarly, when you pour into a container, the flow should be slow and steady. Like a thick fluid flowing. Now we have the sweetened condensed milk. Allow the milk to cool, move it to an airtight jar and refrigerate for further use.
    Sweetened-Condensed-Milk - Move to Jar
Recipe Notes
  • Condensed Milk is devoid of water, well at least a good amount of water has been removed from the milk. So its shelf life when refrigerated is high. You can refrigerate and use it for 2 weeks, or freeze and use it for a month. You just need to thaw back if you have frozen whenever you use it. But make sure to not re-heat it.
  • If you are dairy intolerant, you can use nut milk instead of the regular cow's milk.
  • You can also use honey instead of sugar. It tastes a bit differently.