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First recipe I tried should have been tested better
on September 6, 2013
I was excited to try out the recipes in this book. It's beautifully photographed and laid out, which makes it very enjoyable to flip through. The Dulce de Leche pops really appealed to me and my daughter, so we decided to make those first. Unfortunately, although the proportions for the recipe were fine, the time was really off. You start out with 4 cups of milk, and it's supposed to reduce to 2 cups, over low heat (it's never supposed to hit a rolling boil). The book tells you to allow 15-25 minutes for this, but it's actually more like an hour (which is consistent with other dulce de leche recipes you'll find on the internet, including Alton Brown). So, once we'd gotten it to reduce to two cups, we added 2/3 cup half and half, per the recipe, and put them in the freezer for 12+ hours. Unfortunately, when we tried to pull the pops out of the mold (after running hot water over the mold, of course), the sticks came out without the popsicle, because the popsicle was too soft. I think this was probably because there was too much sugar for it to freeze up hard enough, which is really unfortunate. This recipe clearly could have been tested more thoroughly before publication, and that makes me wary of trying the others.