Did you know that making caramel sauce at home only requires one ingredient, and heat?
You can make caramel by heating a 14-oz. can of sweetened condensed milk in three different ways. Here’s how:
Safety tip: Never heat sweetened condensed milk in the can. There are numerous recipes found online that instruct users to submerge an unopened can of sweetened condensed milk in a crockpot, but this method is not safe. Always open the can and pour the sweetened condensed milk into another container before heating.
In the oven
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
- Pour sweetened condensed milk into pie plate (8-inch or 9-inch).
- Cover pie plate with foil and place in a larger shallow pan.
- Create a water both by pouring hot water into larger shallow pan.
- Bake until milk is thick and turns a light caramel color, about 60-90 minutes. Add more hot water if necessary during baking if water evaporates.
- Take foil off of pie plate, then let cool.
On the stovetop
- Pour sweetened condensed milk into top of double boiler and cover.
- Place over boiling water.
- Simmer until milk is thick and turns a light caramel color, about 60-90 minutes.
- Optional: Beat caramel until smooth.
- Let cool.
In the microwave
- Pour can of sweetened condensed milk into 8-cup glass measuring bowl.
- Cook for 4 minutes on medium heat. Stir after 2 minutes.
- Cook on medium low heat until milk is thick and turns a light caramel color, about 12 to 16 minutes. Stir every 2 minutes until caramel is smooth.
- Let cool.
Store leftover caramel in refrigerator for up to one week.
Sources: Eagle Brand
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