This is a CopyKat.com recipe of O'Charley's Caramel Pie. It tastes exactly like it! Delicious and VERY rich! (cook time includes cool down time). Edited 9/22/06 to change cooking method (cooking milk instead of boiling cans.)
- Cook sweetened condensed milk in a 1 qt slow cooker (dip size) for 6-7 hours or until mixture is the color of peanut butter, stirring with a wire whisk every 30 minutes.
- Pour into pie crust.
- Top with cool whip.
- If using nuts, sprinkle over top of cool whip.
I understand the safety issues of boiling the cans. The pressure (water) outside the cans should be maintained. The major risk is letting the water evaporate below the level of the cans. I solved this problem by cooking my cans in my slow cooker. I just placed the cans in the cooker, filled with water, placed the lid on and cooked on low for 6-7 hrs. They turned out perfect. Be sure to let the cans cool completely before opening. I unplugged my slow cooker, let the water cool, set cans out at room temp for an hr. then refridgerated them. Try the caramel in this recipe I created if you love caramel " Caramel White Chocolate Whipped Cream Frosting" #103492
FYI: I heeded people's warnings about making the caramel the safe way by going to the EagleBrand website and I just WASTED 2 hours of my life trying to make caramel via the oven. DO NOT do it that way! It did not turn out at all and I even left it in there for longer than the directions said. Stick to the old-fashioned way of doing it--boil that bad boy for three hours. It always turns out that way.
This is terrific. So easy and it does take like O'Charley's! It's a must to cool cans before opening as I burned myself when the caramel spewed (spelling?) across the room.