I think we can just skim passed the time in my life where I went crazy for condensed milk. Like, to the point where I would spread it on my morning toast... and everything else. Hey, I was young and it was pure sugar!
Thank goodness I grew out of the habit (aka, I discovered peanut butter's superiority when it came to toast). But today, the reason for me avoiding condensed milk very different: I have resolved to eat healthier and cut out the added, processed sugars from my diet. So I said buh-bye to my condensed-milk craze!
Although I didn't really miss the condensed milk in my daily life, there was a void of it in my baking life. Many recipes used condensed milk as its main ingredient--like key lime pie, tres leches cake, fudge, etc--so I could never make them. Just like how peanut butter filled my personal void before, other desserts filled my baking void this time around (yes, many of which contain peanut butter).
But. I wanted to make fudge. I really wanted to make fudge!
So I made my own condensed milk! And oh my gosh it's good. I took down a spoonful as fast as Mary Poppins would take down a spoonful of medicine, only my spoonful was a little more enjoyable ;)
Sweetened Condensed Milk: [fat free, sugar free, high protein]
(makes 2.5 cups / 20 fl oz)
one 12oz can Evaporated Fat Free Milk
240g (1+1/4 cup) Granulated Erythritol*1/2 tsp Xanthan Gum
104-130g (3/4-1 cup) Dried Nonfat Milk
1. In a large pot over low heat, add the evaporated milk and erythritol. Stir until erythritol dissolves, but don't boil and don't let the mixture get too hot.
2. In a blender, add the xanthan gum and just a cup or two of the milk you just warmed up on the stove. Blend for about 30 seconds or until the xanthan gum is no longer chunky
2. In a large mixing bowl, add the dried milk (if your blender is large enough, you can add this and some more milk and blend again. All I have is a magic bullet so I used my hand and whisk!). Whisk the mixture until mixture is even. Slowly pour in the milk mixture while whisking. It should be thick. I could have added another few tablespoons of dried milk to thicken the mixture but I didn't. Feel free to do so though!). To test if it's ready, dip a spoon into the mixture and the liquid should slowly drizzle off the spoon.
*If you want to skip the whole dissolve-the-erythritol-on-the-stove thing, you can use powdered erythritol. The measurement might be a little different, so adjust to taste! I will do this next time.
Not only will you save your body from all the processed sugar in store-bought condensed milk, you will save yourself a lot of calories too. Not to mention, a sugar rush!
PS: I made Triple Chocolate Fudge with this!