Which is your flavor of choice – caramel or chocolate? Well, thankfully you don’t have to choose. As you probably know, the delectable caramel flavor is achieved by heating white sugar until it turns brown and produces a nutty flavor. This can also be achieved by caramelizing sweetened condensed milk, also known as dulce de leche. The result is a rich, dark brown confection used to make pie fillings, candy, sauces and toppings.
A few years ago, we were having a discussion in the test kitchen about recipes using Martha White® Muffin Mixes. We have always loved the ease and convenience of making a simple crust using a muffin mix and someone suggested we make a Banoffee Pie. I don’t think anyone else around the table had ever heard of it. Not being familiar with this pie, we learned that a Banoffee Pie had been created in Sussex, England and was becoming very popular. After having it described to us, I couldn’t wait to try it. It’s basically a pie with a layer of caramel in a pie crust, topped with sliced bananas and whipped cream. Yum!
Double Chocolate Caramel Tart is another delicious recipe using caramelized sweetened condensed milk. You can’t go wrong with a chocolate crust and a chocolate whipped cream topping!
By the way, the method described to caramelize sweet condensed milk is the recommended safest way to make it.