DIY: Dulche De Leche in Pressure Cooker & DDL Coffee



I have written about DDL in detail in the previous posts. Dulche De Leche is nothing but condensed milk cooked to make it caramel like. This is one of the best discoveries when I fell in love with cooking. Adding DDL to a dessert just lifts it to another level. A few recipes on the blog that already use up this wonder ingredient:

Mexican Flan

Banoffee Pie

DDL Ice Cream

DDL Bundt Cake

DDL Brownies – my absolute favorite!

DDL Baked Cheesecake


Making DDL from scratch is actually a tedious process. It is no fun cooking the tin for a few hours – 3 to 4 hours – soaked up in hot water on low flame. Instead, I use my trusted pressure cooker to do the job for me. It gets done so easily and you just need to leave it overnight to cool completely, to make it ready to use. But a few pointers before you make it:

  1. Since we are using a tin, make sure your pressure cooker is in the best condition. There should be no blockages in the whistle or elsewhere.
  2. Always put in the whistle only once you see vapor going up the hole – that means that the cooker is good enough and there is nothing blocking the path.
  3. Once done, do not open the cooker immediately. Allow the pressure to go off by itself.
  4. Open the lid and take out the hot tin using tongs, and then leave it on your counter top till it is completely cool. Then use it as required.
  5. The quality of the condensed milk and the cooking time determines the color of the DDL. If you are using brands like Nestle or Rainbow, the DDL normally has a good color. Local brands give a lighter color DDL. Likewise, if you need a lightly colored and flowy colored DDL, cooking for 30 minutes will do, but for a thicker, dark colored DDL, you can cook upto an hour. Basically, the more you cook, the thicker it gets.




Once you make the DDL, either you can lick it direct from the can – it is addictive, mind you! – or utilize it in making some amazing desserts and cakes, some that I have already shared above. Or else why not whisk it into your coffee? The inspiration to make this came from here – do check out her blog for some amazing recipes! From the first time I tried, there was no looking back. Any time I have DDL leftover in my fridge, it gets converted into this coffee. Not necessarily you need to have it hot, you can even have it cold and it tastes equally amazing! I suggest making this especially when you have coffee lovers hoping in as your guests. The toffee flavored drink is definitely going to be a big hit with them… πŸ™‚




5 from 2 votes

DIY: Dulche De Leche in Pressure Cooker & DDL Coffee

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 10 minutes
Servings 4 -6
Author Rafeeda


  • FOR DDL:
  • 1 can condensed milk
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 heaped tsp instant coffee
  • 3 tbsp DDL


  • For making the DDL, remove the label of the condensed milk can.
  • Keep it inside a good pressure cooker and fill water upto 3 inches over the can. The can should literally be sunk in the water.
  • Close the lid of the cooker without the weight. Keep it on medium-high flame.
  • Once you see vapor coming from the valve, put in the weight and wait for it to whistle. Allow 3 whistles on high and then keep on low flame. Keep the cooker on for 30 minutes for a gooey DDL and for a thicker DDL, upto 60 minutes.
  • Switch off and allow it to cool completely - not only the pressure is gone, but the cooker has to come to room temperature.
  • Open the lid of the cooker, pull out the can and leave it on the kitchen top till it is totally cool to use.
  • Use as required and store the remaining in a clean glass jar in the refrigerator. It normally won't last for too long!
  • To make the coffee, whisk in the ingredients and allow to heat. The DDL will melt and mix in with the heat.
  • As soon as it comes to boil, switch off and pour back and forth into your cup around three times.
  • Serve immediately!


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  1. will try

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks Babitha…

  2. This is one of my most favorites!!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Beulah…

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks Hiba…

  3. I’ve always wanted to make dulce de leche but was put off by 3-4 hours of cooking time – I’d never waste so much of gas for a can of DDL. Thanks for sharing that we can now make it in a pressure cooker in much lesser time. Giving it a go very soon.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Cooking in a pressure cooker takes less time. I just make it at night and leave it overnight so that it cools and is ready to use in the morning… Thank you so much Tasneem…

  4. Nice Share.. Never know we can make so many amazing dishes with DDL… should try it soon..

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Sharmila…

  5. DDL was something I knew with a J at the end. πŸ˜€

    Anyways, I learnt about DDL from your blog two years ago I think! But I have not had the courage to try it yet! This post with tips and details is kinda giving me the confidence to try. Have you tried with tea?

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Haha… that is a totally different DDL! πŸ˜› I have not tried it with tea but I don’t think I will like it’s taste… hehe… Thanks a lot Fami…

  6. LOVE ddl coffee looks yumm I can imagine that toffee smell aahhaa.I will keep this post for reference once I muster courage to make at home I will come back to it. Pressure cookeril parikshikan pediya πŸ˜€
    Alla chelav kappiyil odukanada ketoo πŸ™‚

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      First time I was a bit scared, but now I always do it that way… pedikkaan onnumilla… πŸ™‚ Thanks a lot Meena, do come over to UAE for your treat… πŸ˜‰

  7. This dulche de leche recipe look so delicious. It just came in handy for me because I was looking for delicious meal to cook with my 9 y/o daughter. I thing we’ll have a great time cooking this recipe. Thank you for sharing!.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Jen… hope you make it and enjoy…

  8. Absolute favourite!!!..pressure cooking definitely eases the work .DDLcoffee sounds interesting!!!Coffee is my weakness and pairing with DDL is a heavenly combo!!!????

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Nusrath… πŸ™‚

  9. 5 stars
    Mmmmm…makes me think of Tres Leches cake & Alfajores!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Oh… I would love to make Alfajores soon… Thanks a lot Bibi…

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks Beena…

  10. 5 stars
    I’ll come and read through the recipe later. But let me enjoy the coffee sight first. Those beautiful bubbles …. that fabulous froth … Incredible images indeed! Very much inviting <3

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much for your kind words, Nusrat…

  11. Coffee is my fav ,which i love lot!! This ddl addition looks great

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Usha…

  12. useful post…it is in my to-do list for long time

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Amrita…

  13. Informative post for ddl …!! I often thought about making desserts with ddl but was lazy to make it. Your instructions are so clear and makes me feel easy to do it πŸ™‚

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Remya… πŸ™‚

  14. This ddl coffee looks amazing….!!!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:


  15. I was not confident to try it..will try soon…

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Remya…

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks Tuma dear…

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