Delicious Pancakes with Caramelized Sweetness

Ladies and gentlemen, or as Mark Twain would say, “Friends and neighbors”, let me introduce to you a recipe that is sure to tickle your taste buds and make you swoon with delight – Pancakes with Dulce de Leche! A dish that originated from the land of tango, Argentina, this recipe has managed to cross borders and touch hearts with its heavenly blend of fluffy pancakes and rich caramel sauce.

Now, I know what you’re thinking. Pancakes are nothing new – they’ve been around for ages. But trust me when I say this – these aren’t just any ordinary pancakes. These are pancakes topped with the ultimate caramel sauce called Dulce de Leche, which is made by slowly simmering sweetened condensed milk until it transforms into a luscious golden brown color.

For those of you who haven’t experienced the divine flavor of Dulce de Leche before, prepare yourselves for a journey like no other. This sauce adds a mouth-watering sweetness to every bite of the pancake, making it impossible not to fall in love with this delicious treat.

So tie on your aprons and get ready to whisk up a batch of these pancakes that will transport you straight to the heart of Buenos Aires. Trust me, your taste buds will thank you for it!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Pancakes With Dulce De Leche
Pancakes With Dulce De Leche

Are you tired of the same old pancake recipe? Look no further than this delectable Pancakes with Dulce de Leche recipe!

First of all, let me just say, who doesn’t love a good stack of pancakes? And with the added sweetness of dulce de leche, it takes your breakfast to the next level. The creamy caramel flavor will have your taste buds dancing with joy.

Not only is the taste incredible, but this recipe is also easy to make. With only a handful of ingredients and simple instructions, even those who are not seasoned chefs can whip this up in no time.

These pancakes are perfect for a lazy weekend brunch or special occasion breakfast. The warm, fluffy texture pairs perfectly with a drizzle of powdered sugar or a dollop of butter on top. Trust me when I say that once you try these pancakes with dulce de leche, you’ll never go back to plain pancakes again.

Ingredient List

 Unleash your inner chef and indulge in these fluffy Dulce de Leche pancakes
Unleash your inner chef and indulge in these fluffy Dulce de Leche pancakes

Here is a list of ingredients you will need to make Pancakes with Dulce de Leche

Dry Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Wet Ingredients

  • 1 cup whole milk, room temperature
  • 2 large eggs, separated
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted and slightly cooled
  • 2 tablespoons Dulce de leche
  • 1 tablespoon sugar

For Serving

  • Dulce de leche sauce
  • Powdered sugar

These ingredients are easy to find in your local grocery store. You can also substitute with almond or soy milk if you prefer these alternatives. Also, note that if you don’t have dulce de leche sauce ready, we will teach you how to make it as well.

The Recipe How-To

 These pancakes are not just delicious, they're a work of art
These pancakes are not just delicious, they’re a work of art

Now, let’s dive into the heart of this recipe and explore how to make these delicious pancakes with dulce de leche.


First, gather all of your ingredients:

  • 1 cup of purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 2 eggs, separated
  • 1/3 cup dulce de leche
  • Butter for cooking


  1. In a mixing bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt.
  2. Pour in milk and mix until the dry ingredients are incorporated.
  3. Add egg yolks and stir well to combine.
  4. Whisk egg whites separately until frothy and fold them into the batter.
  5. Add dulce de leche and mix gently until combined.
  6. Preheat a non-stick skillet over medium heat.
  7. Melt a little butter in the pan and drop in about a quarter-cup of pancake batter.
  8. Cook the pancake until bubbles form on the surface (about 2 minutes), then flip it over and cook for another minute or until golden brown on both sides (adjust the heat as necessary).
  9. Repeat this process with the remaining batter, adding butter as needed.

Your pancakes with dulce de leche are now ready!

Tips for Perfect Results

  • Measure your ingredients accurately to ensure proper ratios in your recipe
  • Use room temperature milk and eggs for better mixing results
  • Whisk egg whites separately to get more fluffy pancakes
  • Melt some butter in between each batch to prevent sticking
  • Serve immediately topped with extra dulce de leche and a dusting of powdered sugar.


Substitutions and Variations

 The ultimate breakfast comfort food: Dulce de Leche pancakes
The ultimate breakfast comfort food: Dulce de Leche pancakes

Fancy taking your pancakes to the next level? Here are some substitutions and variations that you can try:

– Caramel Dulce de Leche Pancakes: If you are a fan of caramel (and really, who isn’t?), you can swap the plain dulce de leche sauce for a caramel sauce to drizzle over your pancakes. You can make a quick caramel by simmering sweetened condensed milk over medium heat until thick and golden brown.

– Ricotta Pancakes with Dulce de Leche: For a creamier pancake texture, substitute half of the flour in the recipe for ricotta cheese. Mix with eggs, milk, and dulce de leche for added sweetness. The result is soft and fluffy pancakes that will melt in your mouth!

– Chocolate Pancakes with Dulce de Leche: Add some cocoa powder to the batter for a chocolate twist on this classic dish. Top with a generous dollop of whipped cream and drizzle with dulce de leche sauce.

– Banana Pancakes with Dulce de Leche: Mash an overripe banana into the batter for some natural sweetness and added nutritional value. Serve with sliced bananas and a generous drizzle of dulce de leche sauce.

– Tres Leches Pancakes: For dessert-inspired pancakes, soak cooked pancakes in a mixture of evaporated milk, condensed milk, and whole milk until they absorb all the creamy goodness. Top with dulce de leche sauce and powdered sugar.

– Ebelskiver Pancakes with Dulce de Leche: Ebelskivers are spherical Danish pancakes that are traditionally filled with fruit or jam. Fill these delicious fluffy balls of pancake mix with dulce de leche, then dust them with powdered sugar before serving.

Whether you prefer a classic pancake or want to experiment with new flavors, these substitutions and variations will elevate your pancake game to new heights!

Serving and Pairing

 Let's upgrade your Saturday morning pancake game with Dulce de Leche
Let’s upgrade your Saturday morning pancake game with Dulce de Leche

Now that you’ve made these delicious dulce de leche pancakes, it’s time to think about how to serve and pair them. There are a variety of options that will complement the sweet and creamy flavors of the dulce de leche.

First up is the classic pairing – powdered sugar and butter. Sprinkle some powdered sugar on top of your stack of pancakes and add a pat of butter to give them a traditional, comforting taste.

If you’re looking to take your pancakes to the next level, try topping them with whipped cream or ice cream. The cold and creamy flavor provides a nice contrast to the warm and soft pancakes. For an extra drizzle of sweetness, pour some caramel sauce on top.

Pairing fruit with dulce de leche pancakes is another great option. Sliced bananas, strawberries, or blueberries work well with the thick caramel-like sauce. You can also add a dollop of whipped cream on top for a fancy touch.

For those who prefer savory over sweet, serving the pancakes with bacon or sausage is an excellent choice. The slightly salty flavor of the meat complements the sweetness of the pancakes.

If you’re feeling extra adventurous, try adding some ricotta cheese to the pancake batter for a rich and creamy texture. Or swap out regular milk for tres leches (three milks) mixture, which adds an intense creaminess to the pancakes.

Overall, there are plenty of ways to enjoy these delightful dulce de leche pancakes. Whether you prefer a classic touch with powdered sugar and butter or want to experiment with new flavor combinations like fruit or ricotta cheese, these pancakes are sure to satisfy any craving.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Satisfy your sweet tooth cravings with these dreamy pancakes
Satisfy your sweet tooth cravings with these dreamy pancakes

Well, my friend, if you’re wondering whether or not these pancakes can be made ahead of time and stored for later use, the answer is absolutely! In fact, preparing the batter in advance and refrigerating it overnight will make your pancakes even tastier.

If you’re planning to make a large batch of pancakes for several meals, rest assured that these babies can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to four days. Simply place your pancakes in layers with parchment paper in between to prevent them from sticking together.

To reheat them, just pop them into the microwave on high for about 30 seconds or until warmed through. Alternatively, you can wrap them in foil and warm them in a low oven until heated through.

But wait, there’s more! You can also freeze these pancakes for up to three months! Just place them in an airtight container with layers of parchment paper in between so they don’t stick together. To thaw them out, simply microwave them on high for about 30 seconds or until warmed through. You can also place frozen pancakes in the toaster on the lowest setting and toast until heated through.

Trust me when I say that having a stockpile of these delicious Dulce de Leche Pancakes tucked away is never a bad thing. They make the perfect grab-and-go breakfast or a quick snack anytime hunger strikes.

Tips for Perfect Results

 Perfectly golden pancakes topped with decadent Dulce de Leche
Perfectly golden pancakes topped with decadent Dulce de Leche

Now that you have the recipe for these delicious pancakes with dulce de leche, let me share some tips to ensure perfect results every time.

1. Room Temperature Ingredients:

Make sure to use room temperature ingredients such as milk, eggs, and butter. When the ingredients are at the same temperature, it helps the batter come together evenly and creates a smooth texture when cooking the pancakes.

2. Don’t Overmix:

When making the batter, mix until all the ingredients are combined. Overmixing can result in tough pancakes.

3. Fluffy Pancakes:

To achieve fluffy pancakes, separate the egg yolks from the whites and whisk the whites until they form soft peaks before adding them to the batter.

4. Preheat Your Pan:

Preheat your non-stick pan or griddle over medium heat for 5 minutes before adding the pancake batter. This will prevent sticking and ensure even cooking.

5. Use a Ladle or Measuring Cup:

For consistently sized pancakes, use a ladle or measuring cup to pour the batter onto the pan. This also helps control the amount of batter for each pancake.

6. Keep an Eye on the Heat:

Adjust heat as needed while cooking to avoid burning or undercooking your pancakes. You want a golden-brown color on both sides.

7. Serve Immediately:

Pancakes are best served immediately after cooking to maintain their fluffy texture and warmth.

Follow these tips, and you’ll be able to make delectable pancakes with dulce de leche that will rival any restaurant’s breakfast menu!


Now that you have all the information you need to create delicious pancakes with dulce de leche, it’s time to address some frequently asked questions to make sure your experience in the kitchen is as smooth and enjoyable as possible. Here are some common concerns and queries that might come up as you prepare this recipe.

Can you eat dulce de leche from the can?

Dulce de leche can be enjoyed directly from the can, spoon or no spoon required, after it has been cooked and cooled. It also makes for a delightful topping for ice cream or can be used as a filling for cakes, brownies, and cookies. For those feeling adventurous, dulce de leche can even be incorporated into homemade ice cream recipes.

What are Mexican tres leches pancakes?

To create a batch of delightful Mexican pancakes that evoke the taste of IHOP’s tres leches pancakes, I make use of a trio of milks in my recipe – whole milk, coconut milk, and sweetened condensed milk. It’s simple enough for anyone to recreate these scrumptious pancakes from their own kitchen.

What is the difference between caramel and dulce de leche?

Although caramel and dulce de leche may seem alike, they’re actually quite distinct. Caramel is created by simmering water and sugar until it becomes caramelized, while dulce de leche is produced by simmering milk and sugar at a low heat until it transforms into a smooth, caramelized mixture.

Is dulce de leche the same as condensed milk?

The sumptuous dulce de leche is a luscious caramel sauce crafted from just one ingredient, which is sweetened condensed milk.

Bottom Line

Now that you know how to make pancakes with dulce de leche, it’s time to get cooking! These pancakes are sure to impress anyone you serve them to, whether for breakfast, brunch, or dessert.

Their fluffy texture and sweet caramel flavor make them stand out from traditional pancakes. Plus, this recipe is easy to customize with variations and substitutions.

Whether you prefer traditional American pancakes, Argentinean-style panqueques con dulce de leche, or Mexican-inspired tres leches pancakes – this recipe has got you covered.

So don’t hesitate, grab your ingredients and get flipping those delicious dulce de leche pancakes! As a final tip, don’t forget to drizzle some extra dulce de leche on top before serving for an extra touch of sweetness.

Pancakes With Dulce De Leche

Pancakes With Dulce De Leche Recipe

So this isn't the healthiest breakfast in town, but it is really really good. It would be great as part of a brunch or as a sweet treat alone....You can find dulce de leche at most supermarkets.
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Course Breakfast/Dessert
Cuisine Latin American
Calories 199.6 kcal


  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1 cup dulce de leche
  • powdered sugar
  • whipped cream


  • Mix flour, salt, baking powder, milk, eggs, and water in a large bowl. Stir to combine and refrigerate up to 3 hours.
  • Preheat oven to 350.
  • Heat a heavy medium frying pan over med to med high heat. Pour 3-4 oz of batter into the pan - enough to cover the bottom.
  • When the edges begin to brown, flip the pancake.
  • When the pancakes are done, fill them with 1-2 tbsp dulce de leche and roll them up.
  • Brush with melted butter and sprinkle with powdered sugar.
  • Repeat with remaining batter. When all are done, warm in oven for 2-3 minute Serve with whipped cream for garnish.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 78gCalories: 199.6kcalCarbohydrates: 20.2gProtein: 7gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 5.4gCholesterol: 126.7mgSodium: 478.1mgFiber: 0.6gSugar: 0.3g
Keyword < 60 Mins, Breakfast, Brunch, Kid-Friendly, Toddler-Friendly
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Dora is a chef well-versed in Brazilian and American cuisine. After a hard day's work in the kitchen of her restaurant, she finds the time to jot down recipes for her food blog. Her recipes are sure to delight foodies everywhere, as she strives to make each one unique and enjoyable to read.