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Jun 19, 2004


Ms Willemsen

Dear Reader,

I'm interested in making a Banoffee Pie myself but in my country (the Netherlands) it is hard to come by tinned condensed milk. Do you happen to know of a way to use cartons of condensed milk instead? I've tried emptying a carton and boiling it bain-marie but no luck there.

Kind regards,
Ms. Willemsen


I am not sure about the condensed milk – but the same laws should apply if you fill the condensed milk into a thick plastic bag (we get food storage bags for hot items like soup here), tie it up neatly and boil in water, maybe even for a little less, until it is caramelized and brownish.

I have not attempted to make it this way before, but it’s what I would try in your situation… or try the microwave (I am not a huge fan of microwaves, but sometimes they just do the trick).
The aim is to make the sugar in the milk caramelize, so heat is required – which is probably why your bain-marie didn’t work, as it melts things without overheating them…

If you do try it, please let me know how it went – I am very curious!


i was in the netherelands 4 years ago ,and i always buyed these condensed milk at digros (maybe u know that supermarket)lisse.u can find it by the coffeee and milk powder stuff,its in a tin with a girl on the tin

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