Cream de leche is the most popular sweet treat in Uruguay and Argentina.
People have it for breakfast, most commonly on toast, but also on pancakes or waffles. It’s also the main ingredient of many cakes, pies, and typical pastries. It goes great with banana, chocolate or meringue and there are even dulce de leche ice creams!
Cream de leche is made from a process of caramelizing milk. It is traditionally made with milk, sugar and vanilla, although nowadays there are variants like adding milk cream, and even substituting sugar for natural sweeteners.
It tastes very similar to caramel, and in its natural state, cold or at room temperature, it has a gooey consistency.
It can also be heated, which makes it almost liquid, to pour on desserts, waffles, pancakes or muffins. Depending on the brand or the country, it can taste more or less sweet, and slightly change colour and consistency.