Substitutes for sweet condensed milk

Updated November 21, 2016

If you are creating a recipe that calls for sweetened, condensed milk, but don't have any on hand, there is no need to panic. There are several substitutes for sweetened condensed milk available that will produce an end product that tastes the same. The best option depend on the ingredients on hand, your preparation method and the type of food you are cooking.

Blender Method

If you are looking for a quick, easy, sweetened, condensed milk replacement, a few common cooking ingredients can be quickly combined to achieve an acceptable substitute. Combine 1 cup of powdered milk, 1/3 cup of boiling water, 2/3 cups of sugar and 3 tbsp of butter in a blender. Blend the ingredients on high until the sugar is fully dissolved and completely smooth. The texture of the mixture should be similar to a milkshake when finished, more water may need to be added if you feel as though it is too thick.

Vegan Option

If you are looking for a vegan or dairy-free alternative to sweetened, condensed milk, there is a simple recipe that can be used to create a tasty, dairy-free substitute. Begin by bringing 1 1/4 cups of water to a boil on the stove. Melt 3 tbsp of vegan margarine in a pot over the stove on low heat. Vegan margarine can be purchased at health food stores and supermarkets. After the margarine has melted, add 2/3 cup white sugar, 1/4 tsp salt and 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract to the butter, stirring occasionally to prevent burning. Add 1 cup of powdered soy milk to the mixture and the boiling water, and mix the ingredients well. Once the mixture has reached a thick consistency, it is done and ready to be added to your recipe.

Traditional Hob Method

One of the most common ways to create a sweetened, condensed milk substitute is mixing milk and sugar. Mix 1 cup evaporated milk with 1 1/4 cups of regular sugar in a saucepan. Heat the mixture on medium heat and stir constantly until the sugar is completely dissolved. Let the mixture cool completely in the refrigerator until it has reached a thick consistency, similar to eggnog. If you do not have evaporated milk on hand, you can create your own evaporated milk. Do this by slowly simmering milk in a pan over the stove until it has been reduced by approximately 60 per cent, then add the sugar to complete the mixture.

Sweeter Baking Substitute

If you are baking a sweet recipe, such as pies, cakes or other desserts, and are looking for a sweetened, condensed milk recipe, there is an extra sweet alternative perfect for baking. Mix together two eggs, 1 cup brown sugar, 1 tsp vanilla, 2 tbsp flour, 1/2 tsp baking powder and 1/4 tsp salt together in a large bowl. Continue stirring until the mixture has reached a tick consistency and add immediately to your recipe. This substitute works best for sweet baking recipes and is ideal for these situations, but may be too thick and sweet for other recipes.

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