Dulce de Leche Recipe for the Crock Pot
I have the biggest sweet tooth ever. I grew up in a house where it wasn’t dinner without dessert and cupcakes were on the table at least once a week. I blame it on my mom who loves to bake and has even more of a sweet tooth than me.
Abroad though, I have a hard time satisfying my sweet tooth. South American cakes tend to be very dense and their candy comes in unusual flavors that just throw me off. There is one South American treat though that hits the spot every time and is never missing from my shopping cart – Dulce de Leche or Arequipe (as it’s called in Colombia).
Kind of like caramel, but made with sweetened milk, dulce de leche is found throughout Latin America and is called by different names depending on the country. I once made the mistake of telling an Argentinian that Colombia arequipe was the same as the dulce de leche found in Argentina… they freaked. While the recipe throughout South America is relatively the same, each country has their own variety and the flavors do change depending on where you travel. And of course, every country claimed to make the best.
When I go back to the US to visit family I always take a jar of arequipe or dulce de leche back with me. It’s a big hit and always goes fast. I once asked Jaime to teach me how to make it but he gave me some complicated recipe (remember I can’t cook to save my life) so I never even tried to make it at home.
Then the other day I came across the most incredible discovery… you can make Dulce de Leche in the Crock Pot! Ok, so it might not be Argentina quality dulce de leche and it doesn’t exactly taste the same but its pretty close and super, super easy.
The cover photo from Isabel Frabisa shows a darker, thicker version of dulce de leche. The longer you leave the condensed milk in the hot water, the darker and thicker your dulce de leche will become. Don’t be afraid to experiment and see what consistency you like best.