Dulche De Leche Ice-cream – My Blog’s One Year of Existence!

Last year, on January 17, Β I created this blog and pubPinlished this post. My first intention was to clean up my “now-on-ventilator” blog of all the recipes that I had posted. I was really not sure how far I would go – I really wasn’t. I am not a good cook, just a decent one, who took to blogging to celebrate every culinary success of mine. I started off alone and the progress was really slow, which did not bog me. I am not sure how many in my family and close friend circle know about my blogging – however, I have not made this little hobby of mine really evident to anybody much, except my HD and a handful of close colleagues. I must really say that my belief that good people really exist has come in the form of all virtual hits, comments, queries and feedback. The love for food, as common interest, has given me such cherishing virtual friendships, whom I have never seen in my life, whose connection with me is only in space, yet I feel a very deep bonding with all of them.


One year into blogging has given me 261 posts, 203 GConnect friends, 397 G+ friends, 679 likes on my Facebook page and almost moving towards 150K hits. I had never expected this kind of growth and encouragement to come my way – I like to see it as Allah’s blessing to me… that He has given me this platform to discover and grow my inherent interests. Even though I have tried my level best to keep my thoughts and scribbles out of this blog, I have failed miserably to say. Almost 80% posts of mine have started off with my cribbing – which I am sorry, if I have really irritated you and bored you with, but sometimes, it does surprise me when many of you message me saying that they connect with me on those words more than the recipes! Life is funny, I know… πŸ™‚

to one and all… πŸ™‚


Though a blogger would cook up something special for their blog anniversary, I didn’t because I am passing through a dry phase in all sense and my blog is being fed with the drafts that I had overloaded when I was in a mood to cook. So I just went ahead and picked up the best I could find in the drafts – worth posting on this special day! This is one of the best ice-creams I have had in the recent past. Despite not working out much on beating it, the end result was silky smooth ice-cream… Want to know more? OK, so let’s move on… πŸ™‚ One thing best I love about blogging is how many new things I have learned – how would have I discovered the bliss of DDL otherwise? πŸ™‚

My dark colored DDL…


We will start with making the Dulche De Leche – let’s call it DDL for typing sake! I made the DDL from the condensed milk exactly as per this post – the best thing to do rather than me sit and type the whole thing again! πŸ˜‰










Before I close today’s post, here is something for –
* the small circle of close people who have been really supportive of my journey of blogging…
* all those lovely blogger friends – I wish I could name all but if I miss out names, I would feel really bad! – who have come on to become an integral part of my life, in fact bigger than my real circle of friends, with their unflinching support…
* all the beautiful people who have come this way with feedback, comments and criticism in a really postive way…


The above is from my heart, and I sincerely hope that you support will continue… as long as I am able to maintain this journey… πŸ™‚




Dulche De Leche Ice-cream

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


  • 1 14 oz can condensed milk
  • 1 1/2 cup milk
  • 250 ml pack heavy cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence


  • Prepare the DDL as per the link shared above. Allow to cool completely.
  • Empty the DDL into the milk. Bring to warm on low flame and stir continuously till the DDL melts into the milk without any lumps. Set aside to cool.
  • In a container, mix the cream and vanilla essence with a whisk. Slowly pour in the cooled DDL milk and whisk well till it becomes a smooth mixture. Close tightly and put into the freezer.
  • Pull out every couple of hours and beat well with a spoon or fork to break ice crystals. Repeat this process at least four times. (I conveniently forgot to do it and only managed to beat it two times!) Refrigerate overnight till set.
  • Serve out in scoops, sprinkle some pecans or chocolate chips for an extra crunch and devour!!!

Join the Conversation

  1. congrats dear…wishing u many more yrs….

    1. Thank you so much Fajeeda…

    1. Thank you so much Megha…

  2. Congrats mn happy bday to ur baby blog…
    S i want a scoop of it..

    1. Thank you so much Smitha…

  3. Congrats on such a great milestone, my dear Rafee. Alhamdulilah I found a friend in you, through this blog connection and I hope the journey continues with all your culinary successes to come!

    1. Alhamdulillah, Jehanne… u r definitely one of the best things that happened as part of this blogging journey… hope to stay connected with you till He wills, InShaAllah… πŸ™‚ thanks a lot dear…

  4. Hearty congratulation ! many many years to go …

    1. Thank you so much Aparna…

    1. Thank you so much… πŸ™‚

  5. congrats on ur milestone.. wishing u many more years of succesful blogging.. and this icecream is something very new to me:)

    1. Thank you so much Laxmi… πŸ™‚

  6. Congrats Rafeeda and a very happy birthday to your baby blog. icecream looks yummy.

    1. Thank you so much Lisha…

  7. Happy bday to ur baby …long way to go πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you so much Shey… πŸ™‚

  8. Congrats Dear… The ice cream looks awesome..

    1. Thank you so much Gloria…

  9. Congrats Rafee πŸ™‚ And a perfect treat for blog anniversary πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you so much Tanya… πŸ™‚

  10. congrats dear… recipe looks so yum….

    1. Thank you so much Preeti…

  11. congratulations. …a sweet post…keep ur posts coming….good wishes always..

    1. Thank you so much Vidhya chechi…

  12. Hey congrats rafeeda …yes am one among those who feels connected wth your words than recipes…:) nice write up dear keep going

    1. Nice to know, Siree… πŸ™‚ Thanks a lot…

  13. Rafee, cribbing is in and fancy is out …so u are doing it right :)). Just kidding keep it coming….:))Happy bloggie b'day again.

    I love the 2 nd pic.The chips and ddl match the bowl…looks cool.
    Love ddl recipes this is in my to do list, I am trying to figure out how to get layers of brown color in it like store bought ones have.Any idea ?

    1. Haha… yeah, cribbing is in fashion! πŸ˜› Thanks a lot dear… I am just thinking about ur comment, here store bought ddl has just one color and that's it! I've never seen layers… am just wondering…

  14. Congrats Rafee, Perfect way to celebrate..

    1. Thank you so much Veena…

  15. Congratulations on your milestone!All the best!
    Ice cream looks yummy….

    1. Thank you so much Amila…

  16. Congrats on your first year. Wishing you many more ……

    1. Thank you so much Sebeena…

  17. Congrats Rafeeda ! yummy recipe.

    1. Thank u so much Asiyakka…

  18. Happy Anniversary Rafee…Way to go girl..Ice cream looks delciious..i remember having a conversation with u i FB about dulce leche one day and u said u are planning to make icecream..finally got to see it…yummy πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you so much Vinee… oh, is it? I just don't remember… hmm… then it definitely must be this icecream! πŸ™‚

  19. Congratulations Rafeeda! Wishing you many more years of happy blogging…Love reading your posts..the ice cream looks creamy and delicioius

    1. Thank you so much Kaveri… really appreciate…

  20. Congrats Rafee πŸ™‚ Ice cream looks wonderful… Wishing you many more such milestones dear

  21. And love your cribbing before every post.. A small personal touch that has made this blog a favorite .. Keep going dear…

    1. Thank you so much Avika for your lovely comments… you have always told this to me! πŸ™‚

  22. A very big congrats dear….May Allah bless you now and always…Keep going
    A sweet and yummy treat for the day!!

    1. Thank you so much Ruxana.. InShaAllah, Aameen… and may Allah keep you well as well….

  23. congrats di on the first anniversary of your baby blog. To be honest your blog is that one of my fav blogs which I never fail to read from top to bottom, more than recipe I am curious about what you have told as cribblings, if not many I'm of that opinion Rafee.. πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you so much Sangee dee… glad that u all read my cribbings very faithfully! πŸ™‚

  24. Congrats Dear and what a perfect dessert for celebration….

    1. Thank you so much Nayana…

  25. Congrats Rafeeda on successully completing one year…Wish you many many more successful years to come. Wonderful and lovely ice cream dear…

    1. Thank you so much Priya…

  26. Congrats dear…yummy icecream..

    1. Thank you so much Shabbu…

  27. wow ! Rafee…perfect post for birthday celebration ! luv that bowl and ur presentation also…birthday kalakkitto πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you so much Shaami… πŸ™‚

  28. Congrats on completing one year and wish you a successful blogging for many more years to come πŸ™‚


    1. Thank you so much Priya for coming by… πŸ™‚

  29. congratulations Rafeeda. The ice cream looks so tempting, wish I could reach out and take a bowl. The weather is perfect in Mombasa for a cold treat. I make DDL in the pressure cooker but let the whistle blow for 6 to8 times and its ready. However use medium heat.

    1. Thank you so much Mayuri… that's a good tip, would definitely try next time I made DDL… πŸ™‚

  30. YUmm love the ice cream and congrats on your 1st blogging anniversary

    1. Thank you so much Nammi…

  31. Salaam :)..Hearty congratz to 2 lovelies – U n ur blog !!! All the best for more….:)…Party time..do a giveaway of ur yummy DDLI..will ya ?;)

    1. Thank you so much for your lovely words, Manju… πŸ™‚

  32. Hey congratulations, just happened to c ur post today… May u have many many years of blogging with nice motivational intros…:)

    1. Thank you so much Razina… πŸ™‚

  33. i too make this last week rafee…. anyway congrats dear….

    1. Thank you so much Femi…

  34. Congrats Rafee. Hope you have many more beautiful years of blogging.
    You won't believe, I forgot mine blog anniversary too with the swarm of guest occupying my home. Hehe.

    Well great going and loads of huggs.

    1. Thank you so much Humi… hope to see ur post soon as well… xoxo…

  35. Congratulations rafeada dear :* Plus what a rich spoon of Ice cream; looks too good and yummy <3

    1. Thank you so much Monu… πŸ™‚

  36. Congrats and I am looking forward to more of your recipes for sure. Just like you, I didn't know head or tail about blogging and yes, a lone ranger too. Yet like you said, we meet and make friends and move on. The ice cream is lovely, inviting and richness to goodness.

    1. Thank you so much Nava…

  37. Congratulations Rafeeda!! May you keep writing and sharing πŸ™‚
    The ice cream looks very inviting.. Will try it this summer…

    1. Thank you so much Pankthi…

  38. Many many congrats on this milestone and wish you many to come πŸ™‚
    Your ice cream look really good would surely try it soon inshAllah !!!

    1. Thank you so much Madiha, for coming by… Jazakallah Khairan… πŸ™‚

  39. Congratulations Rafeeda. Here is to many many such milestones!

    1. Thank you so much Manju…

  40. Hi Rafeeda,
    I know iam the last one to wish you. Congrats and wish you many more years of happy blogging. Cheers!

    1. For the time being you are the last one, Swasthi!!! Hehe… thank you so much…

  41. Congrats ! Wishing you many more wonderful years of blogging !lovely ice cream πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you so much Reni… πŸ™‚

  42. Belated birthday wishes sweet tooth. .
    Congrats rafee…may u have more fun exhibiting your culinary skills. ..

    1. Thank you so much Suji…

  43. Sry dear… I'm a bit late…..Congratz n Happy first birday to ur bloggie…. Ur bloggie iz so lucky to get u as d owner…..n the dish u made for her b'rday z also simply amazing……….so inviting it z…..!

    1. Thank you so much for your wishes, Remya… so sweet of u…

  44. Congratulations rafee.First time here and was so surprised u got so many friends and well wishers .Wish u get more more of them in the future too .

    1. Thank u so much 4 coming by Sathya… I consider it as Almighty's blessing 2 have such lovely support…

  45. Congrats Rafeeda on this successful journey and uplifting your space to a reliable place for others to visit and try the recipes!! This was a heart feld post!!! The icecream looks delicious.

    1. Thank you so much Shbi for your kind words…

  46. Oh Rafee…I landed up on this post so late….but better late than never…herez wishing u and ur blog a very happy anniv…and wishing many more to come ….keep blogging with the full on spirit..u inspire us πŸ™‚

    The icecream looks so wonderful…. ennike eppol venam πŸ™ …photos kidilum ayi varunnu keto :)…

    1. Thank you so much Anupa for your lovely words… u people inspire me with the photographs, so I am trying little here and there… πŸ™‚

  47. Congrats!!! Ice cream looks so tempting and delicious.

    1. Thank you so much Sona…

  48. Congratulations Rafeeda, looking forward to more of your beautiful writing and delicious food! This ice-cream looks mouth watering delicious πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you so much Ambreen… πŸ™‚

  49. Congratulations on completing one year! Your blog is awesome! And I simply love this ice cream!

    1. Thank u so much dear…

  50. Congrats dear, I bookmarked this one you know I love dulce de leche:)))))

    1. Thank you so much Gloria… I bet u will love this! πŸ™‚

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