Slow-Cooker Dulce de Leche

by FoodBabbles on September 6, 2012

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Way back in March, I had the pleasure of discovering the fabulous blog Life and Kitchen through my participation in the Secret Recipe Club. Lindsay made it incredibly hard to choose just one recipe to make that month. I’ve now become a regular reader of her blog and thought I would share with you one of our latest faves from her site.

HB is a huge dulce de leche fan. She has a special relationship with Haagen-Daz because of that love… their dulce de leche flavor is her favorite. So when I saw a recipe for dulce de leche on Lindsay’s site I absolutely needed to give it a go.

Check this out… easiest recipe ever! I kid you not! It has one ingredient. It doesn’t get any easier than that. Oh wait, yes it does. You throw that one ingredient into a slow cooker and do no work at all. None. Nada. Zip. Zilch. SO easy. The one ingredient is a can of sweetened condensed milk which makes perfect sense considering that dulce de leche is simply sweetened milk that has been cooked slowly, until it’s thickened and caramelized.

All you do is take that unopened can of sweetened condensed milk and remove the label. Then you simply wrap it in foil, put it in your slow cooker, cover completely with water and turn on low for 7-9 hours. That’s it! I cooked mine for 8 hours. The result is a lovely, dark, caramel perfect for dipping fruit or drizzling over ice cream among other things. Oh, but one word of warning… open this can slowly and carefully. As I anxiously opened my can of dulce de leche, it violently splattered out of the can and all over the wall. Funny but could be dangerous if the hot caramel had splattered on me. On another note, my wheels are already turning for sweet treats that include dulce de leche since this is so easy to make!


*What’s your favorite thing to make in your slow cooker?



You can find Lindsay’s post HERE.

{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

Stephanie September 6, 2012 at 10:47 am

I don’t have a slow cooker, but I absolutely love dulce de leche! Such a simple recipe!


Kate September 6, 2012 at 2:46 pm

Glad you like this! I had to give it a try. So easy! And you could also do this on the stove with a pot of water but you just have to keep adding water to make sure the pan stays full. 🙂 And a slow-cooker is a must have for me… I cook everything in that thing! Makes dinner a breeze.


Barbara | Creative Culinary September 6, 2012 at 10:52 am

You can do the same thing with a pot of water but it’s easier in the slow cooker because you don’t have to constantly watch the water level. I’ve always worried about it exploding…but so far so good! 🙂

I LOVE making caramelized onions in a slow cooker. 5 lbs of onions with some butter and cook all day (or for me, overnight) and voila…easy thing EVER. You can freeze them too!


Kate September 6, 2012 at 2:47 pm

I have never tried to do caramelized onions in a slow cooker! Genius!! I love them on everything. One of my favorite ingredients. Now I’ll have to give that a try. And so glad your cans haven’t exploded 😉 When I opened the can it shot hot dulce de leche up my wall… so glad it went that direction and not onto me. Ouch!


Deborah September 6, 2012 at 11:40 am

I adore dulce de leche, and have always wanted to try making it in the slow cooker. You have inspired me to give it a try asap!!


Kate September 6, 2012 at 2:48 pm

That’s great Deborah! Trust me, you’ll love it. SO easy! There’s nothing to it. Just plop it in there and do nothing 🙂


Jessica@AKitchenAddiction September 6, 2012 at 1:00 pm

How easy is this?! I have no excuse not to make it! 🙂


Kate September 6, 2012 at 2:48 pm

That’s the whole reason I had to give it a try! There was nothing to it!


suzanne September 7, 2012 at 9:04 pm

How easy is this, slow cooker, no babysitting a hot stove. Love it and LOVE dulce de leche. Would you advise letting the can cool before opening?


Kate September 8, 2012 at 8:47 pm

I definitely would advise letting the can cool before opening! (I should probably write that in the post…) I didn’t let it cool and when I opened it ever so slowly, it shot out. 🙂


Terra September 8, 2012 at 2:33 pm

I knew I read this the other day, but couldn’t remember who did it….I am so excited I found your post:-) I love playing catch up on blogs, I miss so much in my crazy traveling schedule:-) I for sure plan to make this, I seriously think it is brilliant!!! Thank you for sharing the post:-) Hugs, Terra


Kate September 8, 2012 at 8:52 pm

I hear ya! I wish I had more time to read blogs. Whenever I get to look around it’s like walking down memory lane as I recall seeing something tweeted or come through my inbox.


Andrea September 9, 2012 at 6:12 pm

Being from Argentina, Dulce de Leche is dear to me heart 🙂
I will try this ASAP!!


Kate September 10, 2012 at 1:20 pm

Hope you like it! You’ll have to let me know if it’s at all authentic or really just a quick, Americanized version.


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