The art of cooking often lies in the beauty of simplicity, and today, I’m excited to share with you a recipe that exemplifies this perfectly. We’re going to make a Slow Cooker Sweetened Condensed Milk Caramel, known in Latin America as “Dulce de Leche” and in Mexico as “Cajeta”. This delicious treat is a testament to how a simple ingredient can transform into something incredibly rich and complex in flavor. It’s an age-old culinary trick, yet each time it feels like rediscovering a magical secret. Ideal as a dessert topping, a coffee sweetener, or a unique gift, this caramel is versatility and deliciousness in one.
Serving Suggestions: The versatility of this Slow Cooker Sweetened Condensed Milk Caramel is boundless. Drizzle it over warm brownies, lavish it on your morning pancakes, layer it in trifles, or swirl it into cheesecakes. It makes a fantastic pairing with sliced apples, a luxurious dip for pretzels, and an essential component of any ice cream sundae. Your creativity is the only limit!
Slow Cooker Sweetened Condensed Milk Caramel Yields 1 to 1 1/2 cups of caramel
1 (14-ounce) can of sweetened condensed milk
Remove the label from the can, ensuring no paper remnants are left behind.
Lay the can on its side in the slow cooker. You can cook multiple cans for a larger batch.
Fill the cooker with water, covering the cans by at least 2 inches to prevent pressure build-up and possible explosion.
Cook on ‘Low’ for 8 hours. Carefully remove the hot can with tongs.
Let the can cool completely at room temperature to achieve that perfect caramel consistency.
Open the cooled can to reveal your homemade caramel, a golden delight for any dessert.
Variations & Tips:
For lighter caramel, reduce the cooking time to 6 hours.
Safety first: Never open a hot can to avoid burns from erupting contents.
Make caramel in bulk and store unopened cans in your pantry.
Add a pinch of sea salt or half a teaspoon of vanilla extract after cooling for extra flavor.
For those who love a culinary adventure, this caramel can also be made in a pressure cooker in about 40 minutes – always follow your pressure cooker’s safety guidelines!
There you have it – an easy yet sumptuous cream cheese pie recipe, ready to elevate any gathering with its delightful taste. Give it a try, and watch as it becomes a much-requested favorite!