Several years ago I posted a yummy recipe for Dulce de Leche and Apples. The apples are browned in some butter and then a yummy, thick caramel sauce called dulce de leche is poured over the top.
I became a big fan of dulce de leche about 8 years ago when we traveled to Argentina. They serve just about everything with dulce de leche in Argentina – they know how to eat! I remember at breakfast there would be big bowls full of caramel and I would pour it over my fruit. Yum.
It is next to impossible to find dulce de leche in the stores here in Portland so I have to make my own. The method I shared in that original post involved boiling sweetened condensed milk in the can in a pan of water for several hours. It works but it takes some watching. You need to make sure the water doesn’t boil away and it never got quite as thick as the dulce de leche I remember from Argentina.
A few of my readers shared with me a crock pot dulce de leche recipe. Well, three years later I finally got around to trying it and it works! It works beautifully. Not only does it work but you end up with the thick, rich dulce de leche like I remember from Argentina.
The process is very simple, it just takes a bit of time. I used two cans of sweetened condensed milk, the 14 oz size. I poured the milk into 3 half pint size glass jars.
I placed the jars in my crock pot and then filled it with water. The water should totally cover the jars. Place the lid on the crock pot and put it on low and allow it to cook for 10 hours. I have only done it on low so not sure how it would work on high. But if someone tries it let me know.
After ten hours remove the jars from the crock pot and open the jars. You will have the most amazing, thick, rich, caramel sauce. Grab a spoon and scoop yourself out some. Really, you want to do this.
But don’t blame me if you take a second spoonful and then a third and be careful because before you know it the entire jar will be gone. Don’t ask me how I know this!
Besides eating it straight out of the jar there are lots of other fun ways to use dulce de leche. I have a couple of recipes to share with you this week how we like to use it at our house so stay tuned. Don’t miss checking out my Mock Fried Ice Cream with Dulce de Leche. Believe it or not it’s pretty darn good spread on toast! I store it in the refrigerator. Not sure on the shelf life as it never lasts too long at my house. It also makes a great little gift, especially in the 1/2 pint sized jar.
- 2 14 oz. cans of sweetened condensed milk
- 3 half pint size jars
- crock pot
- Open cans of sweetened condensed milk and pour into three half pint jars, dividing evenly. Put on lids and rings.
- Place jars into a crock pot.
- Fill crock pot with water so that it covers the top of the jars.
- Turn crock pot onto low and set timer for 10 hours.
- After 10 hours and remove jars from crock pot.
- Open the lid and grab a spoon!