I discovered this easy trick on Pinterest, linked to this blog post. Based on the unbelievable number of wacky questions in the comments thread on that blog post, I’ll go into great detail here.
Using a crock pot and a couple cans of sweetened condensed milk, you can make homemade ‘caramel’ (also known as Dulce De Leche) with very little fuss, and create an English dessert called Banoffee Pie.
First, peel the label off two 14 oz cans of sweetened condensed milk. The brand doesn’t matter. Peeling off the labels will help you avoid making a mess in your crockpot. Put both sealed cans of condensed milk in the crockpot and fill with water until the cans are completely submerged. Put the lid on the crock pot, set the heat on low, and let it heat for eight hours. The cans sometimes leave a rust ring in the bottom of your crock pot, so you may want to consider putting a piece of aluminum foil in the bottom of the crock pot first.
Some people do this on the stove in a pot of boiling water which is more dangerous and could cause the can to explode if you don’t monitor it. The crock pot method eliminates that possibility, as long as you set it on low. There is no risk of BPA getting into your food, and there is no ‘tinny’ taste to the caramel. This is one instance where it sounds too good to be true, but it’s not. It’s really this easy, and it tastes delicious.
After eight hours, remove the cans (use tongs) from the crock pot and put them on a plate. Put the plate in the fridge and let it cool for a minimum of one hour.
After cooling, open the cans of condensed milk with a can opener and you’ll discover an ooey gooey delicious can of caramel filling that makes a great pie filling. Slice two bananas and fill the bottom of a graham cracker pie crust. Pour or spoon the caramel mixture over the bananas. Put the whole thing in the refrigerator and let it cool for a couple hours. Top with whipped cream and serve. Banoffee Pie – Delicious!