Cajeta (Crock Pot Method)

READY IN: 10hrs 10mins
Recipe by Sharon123

The slow cooker allows milk to caramelize to a delicate golden brown with little monitoring. The result is Cajeta, the South American milk caramel sauce also known as dulce de leche. Pour it over fruit or a slice of pound cake, or stir it into vanilla ice cream. Adapted from Country Living magazine.

Top Review by Muffin Goddess

Oh, this is yummy! It made the house smell soooo good, too! I doubled the recipe (we really like cajeta in my house, and I wanted to use up the whole container of goat milk that I bought). I'm not sure if it was because of the doubled recipe, having the lid on the crockpot, or both, but it took almost a whole day to thicken up. It was the right color after 10 hours on high, but still very runny. After about 9 hours, I realized that the mixture was just not thickening, so I removed the lid and allowed it to cook for the rest of the day uncovered. Not a big deal, since all I needed to do was stir it periodically. Besides, the longer cook time meant that my house was going to smell delicious for that much longer lol. I bet that even if I didn't have the time to allow it to thicken, I could have used the liquid to make some positively decadent iced coffee drinks or milkshakes. Definitely a keeper, thanks for posting! Made for ZWT4

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Combine all ingredients in slow cooker. Stir well, and cook on high for 10 hours.
  2. Stir occasionally the last hour.
  3. Strain through a fine strainer and then store in the refrigerator for up to three weeks.
  4. Serve at room temperature. Good over cake, fruit, and ice cream. Enjoy!

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