Dulce de leche is a caramel candy-like sauce made by slowly cooking milk with sugar. Making dulce de leche from scratch is well worth the effort - most jarred versions are not nearly as good. But dulce de leche takes a good 45 minutes of constant stirring, which can be a challenge. This method of preparing dulce de leche takes advantage of the low temperature crockpot cooking. The milk and sugar take a bit longer to turn into thick caramel dulce de leche, but you can leave it unattended and go about your business - no hovering required.
- 2 12-ounce cans evaporated milk
- 2 14-ounce cans condensed milk
- 2 cinnnamon sticks
- 3/4 teaspon baking soda
- 1 tablespoon corn syrup
- pinch salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- Add all of the ingredients except for the vanilla to the bowl of the crockpot.
- Cover crockpot and turn on high.
- When condensation starts to appear on the lid of the crockpot, remove lid and leave uncovered.
- Let dulce de leche cook uncovered for about 6 hours, stirring once an hour, or until it turns a medium dark caramel brown. It is thick enough when you can drag a wooden spoon across the mixture and see the bottom of the crockpot for a couple of seconds.
- Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla.
- Store dulce de leche in a jar or other airtight container in the refrigerator.