I was at my mom’s house this past weekend watching college basketball and helping her cook. She was going to make dulce de leche to use in several things she was making. Dulce de leche is incredibly easy to make. All you do is heat a can of sweetened condensed milk in water for several hours until the condensed milk transforms into this amazing caramel treat inside. My mom usually does this in a pan of boiling water for a few hours, but I told her I had seen it done in a crock pot. We were both intrigued by the idea we saw on A Year of Slow Cooking, so thought that we would give it a try?
You need 2 cans of sweetened condensed milk, crock pot, and water! That is it!
Step 1: Remove the label from the cans of sweetened condensed milk.
Step 2: Place the cans on their side inside the crock pot.
Step 3: Fill the crock pot with water so that there is at least an inch of water covering the top of the cans. Make sure that there is always enough water completely covering the cans.
Step 4: Set the crock pot on low and cook the cans in water for 8 hours.
Step 5: When cooking is complete let the cans COOL until they are room temperature. DO NOT OPEN the cans when they are hot, because there is the potential chance for explosion.
Warning: make sure your cans are not dented or damaged in anyway. Using a damaged can could lead to problems when cooking.
What I love about this recipe is that you can start it before you go to work and 8 hours later you have the perfect base to a variety of dessert possibilities! In the next few weeks, I will show you what uses I have found for this delicious and easy treat.