Doce de Leite
(Milk Dessert)

This is one of my favorite desserts and probably one of the first ones I tried as a child. I usually make it for parties, because it looks great, and since it's not too sweet, a lot of people enjoy it. It may seem a bit tricky to make, but it really isn't!

1/2 gallon of milk

2 cups of sugar

fresh juice of 2-3 limes

about 8 whole cloves

Pour milk into large saucepan, add the two cups of sugar and cook over low flame, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon until the milk boils. When it starts to boil, pour in the lime juice. The milk will curdle almost instantaneously and you should use the spoon to break large curds into smaller ones. Add the cloves and let the mixture simmer slowly, until you have very little liquid left and the curds turn a golden color. Let cool and refrigerate. Serve it in a beautiful glass bowl!

Maria's Cookbook