Translated, dulce de leche means 'milk candy', it is a combo of sugar and milk that when heated and stirred for a very long time, caramelizes and becomes an incredible addition to your favourite desserts.
You can buy it off the shelf at the grocery store, you can hang around your stove top for a very long time - stirring, stirring, stirring, or you can do this super simple method.
All you will need is a crock pot, a couple cans of sweetened condensed milk, and water.
Peel the labels off of the cans, place in your crock pot, fill crock pot with water, enough to fully cover the cans.
Place crock pot on low, cover, and cook for 7 hours. (Today I set it on high and cooked for 4 - 5 hours)
Remove cans from water, let cool. I opened one to show you but you can just put these cans back in your cupboard and save them for when you need them. You can find a lot of recipes that include this - cheesecake, blondies, cookies etc. Have a look and give them a try, the addition of the dulce de leche flavour to your desserts is incredible!
The kids love to dip fruit in dulce de leche (not that I don't). Delicious!
Here is a cupcake I like to make - a real favourite for those that have had it. Coconut cake, filled with a dab of dulce de leche, topped with vanilla buttercream with coconut and dulce de leche drizzled on top. Yum.