Finding dairy free alternative to some dairy staples can sometimes be as easy as going to Carrefour and as difficult as attempting it yourself. This time it was the latter. At least I can now tell you how to make vegan condensed milk. It is quite simple but does take time if you are making a larger quantity of vegan condensed milk.
Vegan condensed milk, similar to its dairy cousin, only requires two simple ingredients: milk and sugar. In this case our milk is coconut milk but you can also use soya, almond or other non dairy alternatives. Be careful with the sugar substitutes as not all sweeteners will act the same. My recommendation when making vegan condensed milk it to use sugar, honey, maple syrup or similar sweeteners. Do not use xylitol or the like.
Vegan Condensed Milk Recipe
1 can (400mL) full fat coconut milk
150 gr white sugar
Now let us make some magic. Add the coconut milk and sugar to a sauce pan. Give it a quick stir to mix it all up and then heat on low until the sugar dissolves
Once the sugar has dissolves you can bring the mixture to a low simmer on medium heat. Do not bring it to a boil! Simmer for about 30-40 minutes until the mixture has thickened and turned almost a greyish colour. At this point it should have also reduced by half.
I gave the mixture a quick whisk and then poured it into a glass jar for keeping. Let it cool, cover and then keep in the fridge for up to a month. This recipe for vegan condensed milk can be used in any recipe which calls for condensed milk.
I ended up using this vegan condensed milk in a very lovely summer dessert. This Dairy Free Lemon Pie turned out a treat and I cannot wait to make it again for friends and family over the summer. This is one of those desserts which combines the zest of lemons with the sweetness and creaminess of condensed milk.
So let me know. How do you use condensed milk?