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One ingredient caramel sauce

Jar of dulce de lecheI was on TV this morning, and I have to tell you, I sure did feel special. I cooked until 1 am last night and packed everything up and at 6:00 this morning I was on my way to the TV station.

I was going to make my 5 minute sauce, but I didn’t have a hot plate. I also didn’t have a lot of food laying around that I could whip up into something fabulous. But, I was itching to try something I have seen on the internet. And, the possibility of exploding food is always exciting. So this, is mostly a guide and a reference point for when I post me crepe recipe tomorrow, you can know (and maybe already have made) this amazing filling.

This is a great way to experiment using an ingredient that you probably only have around because you were making some retro cake or Alton Brown’s Stovetop Mac & Cheese.

Now, go boil some water and make some of the most delicious caramel sauce you have ever had. And watch the video of me explaining it on TV.

One ingredient caramel sauce
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Recipe Type: Dessert
Prep time: 23 mins
Cook time: 3 hours
Total time: 3 hours 23 mins
Serves: 8
The easiest caramel sauce (Dulche de Leche) that you will ever make.
  • 1 14oz can of sweetened condensed milk (Eagle Brand is gluten free)
  1. In a large pot, bring enough water to cover the can to a boil.
  2. Shake the can well.
  3. Carefully submerge it in the water using tongs.
  4. Check back regularly to make sure there is enough water to cover the can. If water level is getting low, just add more water.
  5. Once you have boiled for 3 hours, turn off the heat and leave the can in the water.
  6. Let the can cool in the water.
  7. When you open the can, you will have delicious caramel sauce.

If you let the water level get lower than the can, you run the risk of the can exploding. So keep an eye on the pot.

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  1. Lizza says:

    Question, if there’s the possibility of the can exploding, why not just open the can (keeping the water right below the top) or vent a little hole in the top? Would that not work?

    • maryfran says:

      If the water gets in the can it will spoil the sauce. Also, if you take it out of the can, you can do the same thing, but you have to keep stirring it so it doesn’t burn.

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