Overnight Dulce de Leche
Hola! Today I have a very very simple recipe that requires one ingredient and some kitchen tools. Since yesterday I saw crockpots popping up on stores everywhere because 'tis the season, all the orange decorations and spices on display make you crave pumpkin, pies, apples, caramel, chocolate and so on.
You'll only need a can of condensed milk, and there are a couple of different ways to turn it into delicious dulce de leche, all of which revolve around the same concept of slowly cooking it in a water bath. You can use a double boiler, a pressure cooker, stove top or a crockpot. I don't have a double boiler or pressure cooker, and I'm a scaredy cat when it comes to boiling a can for hours and keeping an eye on it, so my medium of choice is the crockpot! I love crockpots (a bit too much, even) since they are pretty safe and it seems that you can throw in anything, leave it unattended for a long while and they'll give you something delicious. Anyway, here's the recipe:
OVERNIGHT DULCE DE LECHE
- 1 can of sweetened condensed milk
- You can cook it in the can or transfer the condensed milk to mason jars (you'll need fresh lids on the jars because they need to seal). If you cook it in the can you'll be able to transfer it to a nice container (that doesn't need to seal) when it's done.
- Place the can on it's side (or the jars) on the bottom of the crockpot, then add enough water to cover it completely and an extra inch. Put the lid on the crockpot.
- Cook on slow for 8 to 10 hours, which is the perfect time to sleep and wake up to amazing dulce de leche.
- Carefully remove the can (or jars) from the water using a big spoon or kitchen tongs. Let it cool down before opening.
- If cooking in the can, after opening transfer all the contents to your container of choice and refrigerate after that.
- If using jars, the rings might get a bit rusty after taking them out of the water. Let them rest until they are at room temperature, then place them for a few seconds over running cold water and let them sit for a minute. Use a towel to dry them off and remove the rings. The cold water helps the rings loosen up, otherwise you might have a hard time opening them.
- I like using the jars from the beginning because as long as they remain sealed, you can store them in your pantry for a long time, and they make great gifts. Once open, of course, they need to be refrigerated.
And now it's time to enjoy! You can spread it over toast, bananas, cake, doughnuts, cookies, ice cream, or eat it as it is. Trust me, you'll learn to spread it over everything when you taste it. I'll probably post a recipe with something that involves dulce de leche soon. Enjoy with a cup of tea, milk or coffee, and have fun in the kitchen!