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Easy dessert with dulce de leche sauce.

Slow Cooker Dulce de Leche

Slow cooker dulce de leche is a quick and easy condensed milk caramel sauce that can be used to make so many different desserts.
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Prep Time : 2 mins
Cook Time : 8 hrs
Overnight cooling : 8 hours
Total Time : 16 hrs 2 mins
Cuisine: : Western
Course : Desserts
Servings : 19 x 1 tablespoon (20 grams / 0.67 ounce) servings from 1 x 400 gram (14 ounces) can of condensed milk
Calories : 65 : kcal
Estimated Cost (AUD) : $1.50 per can or $0.08 a serving

EQUIPMENT

  • Slow cooker

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 x 400 gram (14 ounces) cans of sweetened condensed milk
  • Hot tap water enough to cover the cans

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Lay unopened cans of condensed milk on their sides in a slow cooker bowl.
    Depending on the size of your slow cooker, you can make 3-4 cans at the same time.
  • Fill the slow cooker with hot tap water to cover the cans with at least 5 cm (2 inches) of water.
    Note: For safety reasons do make sure that the cans are completely submerged in water.
  • Put the lid on your slow cooker, turn it on to LOW setting and allow it to cook for 8 hours.
    Note: When cooking, check the water level it should drop, but if it has, top it up with boiling water from the kettle.
  • After the time is up, turn the slow cooker off, remove the lid from the slow cooker and leave the cans in the cooker to cool completely.
  • When the cans have cooled to room temperature, they can be opened and used.
    NOTE: Never open the cans when they are hot. Always allow them to cool to room temperature. Because if don't allow them to cool and you open them when hot the contents can spurt out and burn you.

Notes

Tips
  • Check the cans before cooking for any visible damage, and if using ring pull cans, make sure that the seal is intact before using.
  • Not exactly a tip, but you can leave or remove the label.
  • During the cooking process, the cans can mark or stain the bottom of the slow cooker bowl. If you don’t want this to happen, line the base with a piece of baking paper before adding the cans and water.
  • Place the unopened cans on their sides in the slow cooker so that you use less water to fill the slow cooker.
  • Always make sure that the cans are underwater the entire cooking time. So start the cooking process with the water level at least 5cm / 2 inches above the top of the cans.
How To Use
Straight from the can, this slow cooker dulce de leche is very thick and will need to be “loosened” or thinned down before you use it with water or milk.
For spreading onto cakes, sandwiching cookies, or filling tart cases, it is best to place some of the dulce de leche into a large cup or small mixing bowl and give it a good stir with a butter knife.
After mixing, test it by spreading a little on the cake or cookies, and if it is easy to spread use it.
But if it is too thick and pulls up pieces of cake or makes you break the cookies, or you can’t spread it into tart cases, mix in about ¼ – ½ teaspoon of water at a time until you get a consistency that you can manage. 
To make this condensed milk caramel a pouring sauce, mix in small amounts of water until you get a pouring consistency you like.
You don’t want to thin down the entire can all at once because you may end up with more sauce than you need. This is because of the extra water you added to it.
Also, if you have added just a little too much liquid and the sauce becomes too runny, you can add some of the reserved sauce to thicken it.
When adding water to thin down the dulce de leche, mix it well before adding the water.
If you don’t and have added too much water, it does not mix that well and can become lumpy.
If you happen to end up with a lumpy sauce, put it into a fine-meshed sieve, place it over a bowl, and use the back of a spoon to press the lumps through it to get a smooth sauce.
Nutrition Facts
Slow Cooker Dulce de Leche
Serving Size
 
1 20 grams / (0.67 ounces)
Amount per Serving
Calories
65
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
1
g
2
%
Saturated Fat
 
1
g
6
%
Monounsaturated Fat
 
1
g
Cholesterol
 
1
mg
0
%
Sodium
 
1
mg
0
%
Potassium
 
1
mg
0
%
Carbohydrates
 
1
g
0
%
Sugar
 
1
g
1
%
Protein
 
1
g
2
%
Vitamin A
 
1
IU
0
%
Vitamin C
 
1
mg
1
%
Calcium
 
1
mg
0
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition Disclosure