Monday, November 10, 2014

Creamy Caramel Sauce

Creamy Caramel Sauce from King's Bakery

Um, yeah, it's from a can but not in the way you think. Like, honestly this might be magic. I'm all for "from scratch" recipes but if there's an awesome never-heard-of-it-before trick to try, I'm obviously going to try it. This is the trick: boil a can of sweetened condensed milk for 3 hours and voila! Sweet, sticky, magic!

The most important thing about this process is to make sure when you boil your water that it stays above the top of the can for the duration of the cooking process. I mean it when I say it's incredibly important, the can has a risk of EXPLODING if the water falls below the top. I think that everyone would agree it would be a waste of perfectly good caramel if it exploded everywhere!
So, yeah, not an incredibly fancy or "wow" inducing process but I still needed to try it. Here's some sweetened condensed milk in it's pre-boiled and unsuspecting state-

Creamy Caramel Sauce from King's Bakery

aaaand, here's some smooth, creamy, eat it by the spoonful, caramel-

Creamy Caramel Sauce from King's Bakery

So the key to getting from A to B is so simple that it's insane! Here are the steps:

  1. Remove as much of the label from the can as you can, don't worry too much about getting every little piece
  2. Boil water in a deep pot 
  3. Add as many cans as desired making sure the water level is about the tops of the cans
  4. Boil over medium high heat for 2.5 to 3 hours- more for thicker, richer caramel and less for a lighter result. Add water as needed to maintain level.
  5. Turn off heat and leave the cans in the water for 20-30 minutes
  6. Remove the cans from the water and allow to cool completely
  7. Scoop the caramel out of the can(s) and serve as desired!!
The caramel can be stored for months in an airtight container in the fridge! To reheat it is best to use a water bath because the microwave or stove can start to cook the caramel again.

Creamy Caramel Sauce from King's Bakery

There is nothing else to even say about this that it doesn't say for itself! Enjoy!

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