TWD: Dulce de Leche Duos

One Thanksgiving several years ago I was getting ready to make a pumpkin pie. I had all my ingredients out, the crust was already in the pie pan, and I was making the filling. I opened the can of condensed milk and was horrified. What was supposed to be a creamy off-white liquid was brown and congealed.

I’m sure I said some naughty words as I chucked the abomination into the garbage can. Mike, who knows the deliciousness of a homemade pumpkin pie, immediately put on his jacket and dashed out the door for a quick Smith’s run for another can or three (“Make sure they sound liquid-y!”).

While he was gone I went online to see if I could find out any information about what had happened to the can of milk. I found that at some point during the shipping or storing process, my little can had been exposed to heat and had turned into dulce de leche. I was a little let-down that we hadn’t known this beforehand, but it was probably for the best that it had been tossed since we didn’t know when or for how long it had been that way anyway.

So, with all that being said, I was very excited to see that this week’s Tuesdays With Dorie recipe (chosen by Jodie of Beansy Loves Cake) was going to involve dulce de leche, and I was determined to make it myself. You can find dulce de leche pretty easily here in Vegas, but I wanted to make my own (making it yourself is a bit cheaper, too).

I decided to go with the crockpot method, so last night before bed I placed my can of condensed milk (label removed first) in the crockpot and filled it with water so it was completely covered. I put the lid on and left it on low for the night, and it ultimately went for about eight hours. When I got up this morning I took it out of the water and let it cool completely. Easy peasy!

I didn’t really do anything differently with the recipe except that I added 1/2 a teaspoon of salt instead of 1/4 (caramel and salt are heaven on earth). The cookies by themselves are good, but sandwiched with the dulce de leche they’re absolutely amazing.

Should I hide them or share them? This is the day’s dilemma.

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