Thursday, June 30, 2011

Dreamy Caramel

Are you ready for a mouth watering treat?

How about home made Caramel from Sweetened Condensed Milk
This recipe is so simple, easy and yummy.

There are different levels to cook the milk.
2 hours you will get Caramel Sauce- best with Ice Cream or drizzle over Coffee
3 hours you will get Caramel Pudding- best with a spoon and bowl
4 hours you will get a soft Caramel * This is what we are cooking today.*

1 can sweetened condensed milk

Take label off can.  In a very deep pot place unopened can.  Cover with water 3 - 4 inches above the can.  Bring the water to a boil for four hours.
**The can must be covered with water at all times.  Never let the water level get down to the top of the can.  This could cause the can to explode.**

After four hours remove the can with tongs and place on a wire rack to cool. 

Refrigerate.  Once the can is cold, open and you will have caramel. 
The color is even a beautiful rich caramel.

I serve the soft caramel on spoons.  Scoop caramel into a pastry decorator and squeeze onto spoons (and a little into your mouth).  We also add a dollop of whipped cream.

The only thing I can recommend is to boil more than one can.  You will want more!

If you are uncertain about boiling the can you can use one of these methods.

OVEN METHOD: Pour 1 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk into 9-inch pie plate. Cover with aluminum foil; place in larger shallow pan. Fill larger pan with hot water. Bake at 425 degrees for 1 hour or until thick and caramel-colored. Beat until smooth.
STOVETOP METHOD: Pour sweetened condensed milk into top of double boiler; place over boiling water. Simmer over low heat for 1 to 1 1/2 hours or until thick and caramel-colored, stirring occasionally. Beat until smooth.
MICROWAVE METHOD: Pour sweetened condensed milk into a 2-quart glass measuring cup. Cook on 50-percent power (medium) 4 minutes, stirring briskly every 2 minutes until smooth. Cook on 30-percent power (medium-low) 20 to 25 minutes or until very thick and caramel-colored, stirring briskly every 4 minutes during the first 16 minutes and every 2 minutes during the last 4 to 10 minutes.
SLOW COOKER METHOD: Pour a can of sweetened condensed milk into slow cooker, set to low, stir every 45 minutes or so. Takes about 7 hours to turn into rich, brown caramel.

Life is uncertain.  Eat dessert first. 
~Ernestine Ulmer


  1. Wow, that is cool! I can't wait to try it!

  2. Oh wow! I wish I had this right now!!!

  3. Hi there- found you through Young and Crafty's hop and am a new follower. This reminds me of something my grandmother made (but she didn't cook I as long. I'm not sure if they sell the condensed milk here...Ill have to check. I hope you have time to follow my life in South Africa by

    I hope you had a great weekend!

  4. Hi! This looks so good! I am a new follower!I would love it if you stopped by blog, take a look around and if you like what you see, follow me back! Thanks!
    Have a great holiday!

  5. This is so cool! I had no idea it only took one ingredient to make caramel! I'll have to give this a try! Thanks for sharing!

  6. My Mom used to make this when I was a kid. It is yummy on a cookie base, with bananas chopped on top and a layer of whipped I prefer to eat it neat but it is good as dessert too!

  7. Nom nom nom! I would love it if you would link up to my Tuesday Confessional link party going on now: I hope to see you soon!
    ~Macy from Confessions of a SAHM

  8. Visiting from Tip Junkie. What a great idea & cute presentation!

  9. Oh-my-goodness! Really! Are you kidding me? Is it really that easy! I MUST try this! I must I tell you. I pinned this so that I am sure to find it again! Simply divine!

  10. Yum! Sounds both easy and delish! Found you on the Homework Inspiration Board. Thanks for sharing!

  11. Yum! I featured your amazing post on my "Tuesdays Treasures" post today! Please come and check it out!

  12. this sounds dee-li-cious! And so easy too.

    Who can beat caramel by the spoonful?


  13. This recipe looks so good. I would love it if you came over to my party "Cast Party Wednesday" tomorrow and shared some of your recipes with us.
    I hope to see you there!

  14. How wondeful! I never know you could do this with a tin of condensed milk!!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a great weekend!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  15. Ohhhh YUMMMMMM! I think I'm gonna have to try this! =D Like I need anything to make my butt grow....LOL Happy Wednesday!

  16. What a decadent and wonderful dessert. I love how simple it is! I am definitely saving this one! I wanted to invite you to come over and share your recipe at These Chicks Cooked Recipe Spotlight today. Have a great day :)


  17. My mouth is watering! Thanks for linking to Handy Man, Crafty Woman Wicked Awesome Wednesday!

  18. We adore this--make the 1 hour version and dip fruit in it, delish! Thanks for sharing.

  19. That is fantastic, I'm trying it right away...or in 4 hours!

  20. I read about somebody else doing this awhile ago and was a little skeptical, but now that I see 2 people have had success with it, I might just have to try it! Yours looks fantastic!

  21. Wow, the time from me seeing this post and putting a can of sweetened condensed milk into a pot of water was probably about 7 minutes. :D My parents tell me they've heard of this! AND THEY NEVER TOLD ME. I wonder why! ;)

  22. Wow! What a cute and great idea! Love it!
    Thank you so much for sharing this @ {nifty thrifty sunday} last week!
    I can't wait to see more from you on Sunday!

  23. Looks delish. We'd love you to share your recipe with us at
    Simply Delish.

  24. My nephew makes caramel pie with this method. Just add chopped toasted pecans and pour into a graham cracker crust and refrigerate for a bit so you can slice it.


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