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Confiture de Lait (Milk Jam)

  • Author: Angie Trusty
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 2 hours 30 mins
  • Total Time: 2 hours 35 mins
  • Yield: 2 cups 1x


Confiture de lait is a gooey, sweet, thick, milky-caramel tasting condiment and a specialty of the Normandy region of France. Slather it on warm bread, french toast, spoon it over ice cream, dip fresh fruit into it or stir into coffee.



  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 vanilla bean, split in half lengthwise
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt


  1. Combine milk, sugar and salt in a heavy bottom sauce pan. Scrape the vanilla bean seeds into the mixture and toss in the vanilla bean pods.
  2. Simmer gently for about 2 hours, stirring every 10 – 15 minutes
  3. Once mixture starts to thicken, stir every 5 minutes
  4. Stirring often is very important
  5. The confiture de lait is ready when it’s the consistency of thick honey.
  6. Remove sauce pan from heat and remove vanilla beans.
  7. The mixture will continue to thicken as it cools.
  8. Spoon jam into a container and store in the refrigerator for up to 1 month.