It's no secret that we've been having a love affair with the slow cooker this winter. After collecting 52 stellar slow cooker recipes, we dove deep into the possibilities of this storied cooking device, narrowing our broad interest to specific dishes and recipe categories. Looking for a vegetarian slow cooker recipe? How about a breakfast one? Think you can't make hot chocolate in the slow cooker? Think again.
The slow cooker is basically magic hiding in plain sight in our kitchens. It's no wonder, then, that it can do the impossible and transform one of the most decadent, delightful and perfect foods, sweetened condensed milk, into something even better: dulce de leche.
That's right folks. You can make dulce de leche in your slow cooker, and all you need is a can of sweetened condensed milk.
Dulce de leche is a thick, caramel-like spread made from heating up sweetened milk. It's popular in South America and as delicious on everything as it is straight from the jar with a spoon.
Maybe you're already aware of the glorious trick of making dulce de leche in the slow cooker. If so, we hope you're treating yourself and everyone you know with homemade dulce de leche. If this is news to you, allow us to show you the way. All you need is a can of sweetened condensed milk, a canning jar and water.
While you can cook the sweetened condensed milk directly in the can, people often complain that this method leaves a metallic taste in the dulce de leche. You're going to want a few glass jars for jam season, so you might as well stock up now and make the best dulce de leche possible.
All you need to do is pour the sweetened condensed milk into the jar, seal the jar with a tight lid, and submerge the jar in water inside your slow cooker's insert. Make sure the jar is fully submerged in the water to ensure even cooking. Let the slow cooker do its magic, on low, for eight to 10 hours, and prepare yourselves for nirvana, almost.
For step-by-step instructions, check out the Crock Pot Dulce De Leche recipe from Buns In My Oven.
Once you've made one batch of homemade dulce de leche this way, you'll never go back. To make good use of this lifetime sentence of slow cooker dulce de leche, check out the recipes below. Happy slow cooking!