One of my guilty pleasures is a tin of boiled condensed milk (dulce du leche). If you want to make your own, boil unopened tins of condensed milk for 2 hours. I like to prepare a few at a time and then keep them in the cupboard where they will store for months!


  • 100 g caster sugar
  • 200 g butter, softened and diced
  • 300 g self-raising flour, sifted
  • 400 ml dulce de leche or boiled condensed milk
  • 125 g salted peanuts, roughly chopped
  • 200 g milk chocolate, broken into pieces
  • 20x30cm (8 x 12") swiss roll tin


  • Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F/Gas 4). Line the base of the Swiss roll tin with baking parchment.
  • In a food processor, whiz together the sugar, butter and flour for the shortbread base until the mixture resembles coarse breadcrumbs. Alternatively, rub together the butter and flour in a bowl with your fingertips and stir in the sugar. Tip into the prepared tin and press down with your hands or a palette knife to level out the mixture.
  • Place in the oven and bake for about 20 minutes or until golden brown all over, then remove from the oven and allow to cool in the tin.
  • Once it is cool, spread over the dulce de leche to cover the shortbread, then press the roughly chopped peanuts into it, making sure they are evenly distributed.
  • Place the chocolate in a heatproof bowl set over a saucepan of simmering water and allow to melt. Remove from the heat and pour over the peanut-studded dulce de leche, allowing it to cool, then leave in the fridge for 1–2 hours to set. Once set, cut the mixture into squares in
  • the tin and serve.

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