Chewy Caramel treats or a chewy version of dulce de leche
One of my most vivid childhood food memories is my grandma making caramel treats.They were sticky,chewy and full of flavor.
Those caramel treats are delicious,they don't need a ton of ingredients and you can use them for truffles,cakes,muffins,ice creams,toppings for pudding or homemade candy bars.
390 ml sweetened condensed milk
a dash of salt
a dash of vanilla sugar or 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
a heat proof deep,small dish greased and dusted with cocoa powder
sprinkles for decoration,but they are not necessary
In a heavy bottom non stick pan bring the sweetened condensed milk and the other ingredients to a boil.Once it boils,lower the heat to medium.While constantly stirring with a wooden spatula and taking care that nothing sticks to the bottom of the pan,simmer the mixture for 10-15 minutes.Once the color changes from white to a light golden brown and the texture changes from liquid to a paste-like texture,you can transfer the mixture to your heat proof dish that you have greased and dusted with cocoa powder.
If you want you can sprinkle the caramel with sprinkles or cocoa powder.You may even cover it with chocolate.
Chill in the fridge for 2 hours then cut into bite sized pieces.
If you want to use your caramel for cakes or ice creams,you can cut it up into smaller pieces and store it in an air tight container for up to two weeks.
I topped some vanilla ice cream with these delicious little treats and it was a heavenly taste experience.
Dulce de leche is a spread which is very popular in south American countries.If you want a spread-able caramel,reduce the cooking time by 5 minutes.You may also add some toasted nuts.
Fill it in a jar and spread it on your bread!!
Dulce de leche is also a brilliant filling for cakes or swirled ice cream!