My love has not wavered since I first cast my eyes on you in the thrift store. Tall, dark, and handsome. Mysterious and alluding. You were well built and I couldn't ignore the feelings of need and passion that were evoked when I wrapped my arm around you and held you dear. How could somebody just throw you away?
Now that I have you I can't stop thinking about you. I dream about our future together and all the dinners we will share. Can we make this work? Is it worth the risk? Are things getting too hot? Is there too much pressure? So many questions and uncertainties. But I must confess and I think it's all too fitting that I share my true emotions on Valentine's Day.
Pressure cooker: I think I love you.
In my latest culinary project, I've taken a former love (alfajores) and married it with a new love (the handsome pressure cooker). Alfajores are a South American shortbread cookie sandwiched with dulce de leche. You can read an earlier post I made about alfajores linked here including the recipe.
I first tried preparing dulce de leche by boiling a can of condensed milk in a regular pot for several hours under water. It worked and was delicious, but if you're trying to conserve energy or don't want to be tied to the kitchen for 2 hours, it's not an ideal method.
As I have been clicking and flipping pages trying to read as much as possible about pressure cookers, I stumbled upon a more fuel-efficient (and safer) method of preparing dulce de leche: Simply boil an unopened can of condensed milk for 15 minutes in the pressure cooker, remove from heat, let cool in the water overnight. Just think about all the magical breakfasts you can now enjoy as soon as you wake up! Spoon the milky caramel over waffles, spread it on toast, pour into steel cut oats, and I'm only thinking of this now as I type but what about stirring it into coffee? If a sugary breakfast isn't the way you prefer to start the day, dulce de leche is a decadent and luxurious treat to serve with chocolate, coconut, bananas, or cookies for dessert.
Do yourself a favour: if you're ever preparing dulce de leche via boiling condensed milk in a can (pressure cooker or regular pot), make two at once. Store the leftovers in a glass jar in the fridge and they will last for at least a month. When you need a sweet to offer to house guests (or you get late-night hankerings for something rich and gooey), a few shortbread cookies and a bowl of dulce de leche is a quick treat to put together.
Happy Valentine's Day.
Eating. Drinking. Sharing.