Dulce de Leche in the Crockpot

Hubby loves all things caramel, so I knew that I had to try this recipe for him at some point. Dulce de Leche is a milk-based caramel that goes great over ice cream, with apple slices, or just straight off a spoon.

I have made dulce de leche for some cupcakes in the past using a stove top method to heat the sweetened condensed milk. It turned out great, but this time I wanted to try it in the crockpot. I popped two cans in the crockpot, filled it with water, and set it on low before bed one night. Nine hours later, I turned it off and removed the cans. Once they were cool to the touch, I opened them to find this golden delicious caramel. I’ve been storing it in the fridge and we have been thoroughly enjoying the awesomeness that happened while we were asleep.

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Dulce de Leche in the Crockpot


2 cans sweetened condensed milk


Remove labels from cans and place in crockpot. Fill crockpot to the top with water.

Cover and cook on low 8-9 hours. Let the cans cool in the crockpot for a few hours.

Remove cans from crockpot and allow to cool to the touch before opening the cans.

Recipe as seen on Cupcake Project, originally from A Year of Slowcooking

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5 Responses to “Dirty Laundry for Dinner ? (Ropa Vieja recipe)”

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    Robyn — June 29, 2008 at 2:56 pm

    I came here to read your Daring Bakers post, but was interested in this recipe. It sounds great and I have some plantains to use up, so I might try to make this soon!

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    Stephanie — July 1, 2008 at 10:00 pm

    I MUST try this recipe! I have always been afraid of trying to make ropa vieja…I’m afraid it won’t taste as good as the stuff from back home.

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    Jen — July 8, 2008 at 3:31 pm

    Steph – you should try it and let me know how authentic it tastes.

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    laptops — January 4, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    sounds great and I have some plantains to use up.

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    canciones nuevas — April 15, 2012 at 7:29 pm

    That sounds so delicious.

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