01 of 05
Easy Crock Pot Dulce de Leche
Rich and creamy dulce de leche is super easy to make in the crock pot, and there's no worry about exploding cans, constantly stirring it on the stovetop, or fussing with the oven method!
I chose to transfer the sweetened condensed milk to canning jars. I prefer to use canning jars because I can check on the progress of the caramelization at any given time. That said, you may also cook the dulce de leche right in the unopened cans. If you do leave it in the cans, place a washcloth or small towel... in the bottom of the slow cooker to avoid possible rust stains.
Continue to 2 of 5 below.
02 of 05
Sweetened Condensed Milk
I used three 8-ounce canning jars for two 14-ounce cans of sweetened condensed milk. I always have plenty of empty canning jars of various sizes laying around but you can also use clean jam or jelly jars.
Pour the milk into the jars and cover tightly with the lids. Add a pinch of flaky sea salt to each jar if you like the flavor of salted caramel.
See Also Sweetened Condensed Milk Recipes
Continue to 3 of 5 below.
03 of 05
Place the Jars in the Slow Cooker
Place the jars in the crockery insert of your slow cooker and add hot water. The water level should be about 1/2-inch to 1-inch above the jars.
Cover the slow cooker and cook on the low setting for about 8 to 9 hours. Start it on high for an hour or two to shorten the time. I started mine later in the day, so I cooked it for 2 hours on high and then 4 hours on low.
Continue to 4 of 5 below.
04 of 05
The Finished Dulce de Leche
Even though the jars will appear to be sealed, the finished dulce de leche must be stored in the refrigerator and should be used within 2 weeks. After opening, use it within about 5 days.
The dulce de leche may be stored in the freezer for several months. I transfer the caramel to small freezer containers. If you freeze it in the jars, make sure there is at least an inch of headspace to allow for expansion. For narrow-neck jars, leave about 1 1/2 inches of headspace.
Continue to 5 of 5 below.
05 of 05
Using Dulce de Leche
Use this rich, delicious dulce de leche as a sauce for ice cream or drizzle it over bread pudding, sponge cake, and other desserts. It makes a wonderful layering sauce for a parfait or spread it between cake layers. It also makes a fabulous dip for fruit slices. Add some to coffee, smoothies, or protein shakes.
If the sauce is too thick, warm it slightly in the microwave or in a container of very warm water. For ice cream topping, I warm it slightly and then whisk in a small amount of cream (heav...y or light).