Is there an alternative to condensed milk?
In Denmark we don't have condensed milk in our regular stores and I've actually only seen it in an UK-import store a few years ago. Is there an alternative to it or can you craft it with regular cooking equipment?
Is that sweetened condensed milk or evaporated milk? If one is talking about condensed they usually mean the sweetened stuff, but occasionally they mean evaporated instead.
I'm not sure to be honest, the recipes I've been looking at only says condensed, like in a toffee topping on a pie.
SuperBrugsen which must be considered a regular store carries Nestles condensed milk. However you may need to ask for where they put it - in my local SuperBrugsen it sits on the shelve with turkish goods.
I've seen both SuperBest and SuperBrugsen carry condensed milk - if your local store does not carry it, ask if they can order it home for you.
Seems like it's becoming quite available in danish stores these days, I guess it's after people started spreading out into icecream and toffee recipes.
Along with turkish, you might try the East Asia food section as it is used to make http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vietnamese_iced_coffee
To make sweetened condensed milk:
The best make-your-own version is to mix 1 cup of evaporated milk with 1-1/4 cups of sugar in a saucepan, heat and stir until the sugar is completely dissolved, and let cool.
If you don't have evaporated milk on hand either, you can make your own by slowly simmering any quantity of milk in a pan until it reduced by 60%, and then adding the sugar.
Another recipe that sounds like a lot more work and uses powdered milk: http://www.ehow.com/how_4903555_make-condensed-milk.html
Evaporated milk is milk that has had some of it's water content removed (by evaporation or cooking it off, slowly).