I was working on a recipe for a contest (details coming later this week) and needed dulce de leche. Dulce de leche means “sweet of milk” in Spanish. It is made by caramelizing sweetened milk. You can start with regular milk and sugar, but it’s much easier to start with canned sweetened condensed milk.
I had seen a tutorial on Pinterest for making dulce de leche in the slow cooker that looked like a yummy treat. The initial recipe called for putting the can of sweetened condensed milk directly into the slow cooker. But I read a bit more and found some concerns about BPA leaking into the food if you use this method. So I found this tutorial for transferring the sweetened condensed milk to canning jars first.
You will need:
2 14oz cans of sweetened condensed milk
3 half-pint canning jars
Pour the contents of the cans into the canning jars. Top with lids and rings that are just tightened.
Add jars to slow cooker and fill with hot (from the tap, not boiling) water. I used the taller half-pint jars and they were covered by about a half-inch of water. They remained covered during the whole process, but you may need to add more water if the jars don’t stay full submerged.
Cook on Low for 9-11 hours. I cooked mine for 11 hours and it made a very firm dulce de leche. I think it I had removed it earlier, it would have been a bit creamier. Remove from the slow cooker and cool.
Yum! This would make great topping for ice cream or a dip for apples or animal crackers (my favorite way!).