Saturday, June 05, 2010

Slow Cooker Saturdays: Crockpot Dulce De Leche Brownies

crockpot dulce de leche lede

You know the old saying, "There's no such thing as a new idea"? Well, it's true, and the Internet reminds me every single day. I kept seeing (and clipping) dulce de leche recipes all over the web, but I wasn't exactly sure how to find this sweet concoction so I could taste it myself. Thus, I turned to the Almighty Google Monster and ta-da! A DIY version exists! But that first version I found? It called for a pot of hot water with a metal can submerged. Well, go ahead and call me a chicken if you want, but this lady was not about to try something that might just blow up in her face. Literally. That trick did get my gears turning, however, and I thought, "Hmmmm. I wonder if I could make dulce de leche in the crockpot." I'm a genius! Except I'm not. Because the Internet reminded me once again that "There's no such thing as a new idea."

But that was okay. At least I had a plan!

dulce collage 1

My second genius idea? Turn that homemade dulce de leche into a mix-in for brownies. I could just taste it: rich, chocolatey, fudgy brownies with swirls of creamy, caramel sauce in every bite. Sticky. Messy. Addictive. Three words that should describe every brownie I ever eat. But guess what? I'm not a genius. I'm a copycat (without even knowing it.) I should have guessed that the Dessert King himself, David Lebovitz, was a step ahead of me.

But that was okay. At least I had a plan.

dulce 3

I think it goes without saying that the people in my house loved their can of DIY dulce de leche. (Some of us more than others. Some of us may have followed Mama around, big-boy spoon in hand, saying "Morrr, Mama? Morrr?" And maybe some mamas were all too happy to oblige.) It took a lot of control to keep from eating the dulce de leche all by itself, but we managed. And it took a lot of control not to stand over the kitchen counter digging into a pan of hot brownies, too. But we managed. Well, we managed long enough to take a few photos. But we're not responsible for any carnage, er, crumbs, left behind post-photo shoot. In fact, let's just keep that part to ourselves.

dulce collage 2

Crockpot Dulce De Leche Brownies
Adapted from David Lebovitz
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Mr. Lebovitz says these brownies taste better the second day, but unfortunately I can't attest to that fact because ours, uh, didn't quite last that long.

8 tablespoons unsalted butter
6 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
1/4 cup cocoa
3 large eggs, room temperature
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup dulce de leche (or cajeta)

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Prepare square, metal or glass baking pan.
3. In saucepan over low heat, melt butter. Add chopped chocolate and stir until chocolate is melted. Remove from heat and whisk in cocoa until smooth. Add eggs, one at a time, whisking well after each addition. Stir in sugar, then vanilla and then flour.
4. Pour half of chocolate batter into pan. Drop half prepared dulce de leche over batter in small mounds. Swirl with knife. Carefully smooth remaining chocolate batter over dulce de leche. Then dollop remaining dulce de leche over the top and gently swirl once more.
5. Bake 35 to 45 minutes. Brownies are finished baking when the center is slightly firm. Cool completely before slicing. For cleaner-cut brownies, clean your knife in hot water between slices. Store in air-tight container up to three days.

* For the instructions to make crockpot dulce de leche, please visit A Year of Slowcooking. Please note, however, that the makers of canned sweetened condensed milk don't recommend heating their cans. Thus, neither do I, natch.


  1. Okay seriously not saying the blog was second-rate before but your recipes, pictures and writing have really moved up a serious notch (or three).

    So so so glad you found and posted this Dulce de leche recipe because I too have always been scared of the heating the metal can version!

  2. Oh, snap! I didn't know YOU didn't know about the goodness of homemade dulce de leche. I thought I didn't really like dulce de leche until I made it at home myself. I boiled the cans and lived to tell about it. :) I've done it twice now. It's insanely good stuff.

  3. i've been meaning to try this recipe, i just cant find dulche de leche yet

  4. Rookie - Click the link at the very end of the post for instructions on how to make your own dulce de leche! Easy peasy.

  5. Holy yumminess, batman! Definitely drool worthy :)

  6. What a great idea! They look delish!

    Delightful Bitefuls

  7. Not sure if I could eat just one of these either:D

  8. meh, so you reinvented the wheel. at least it was a tasty wheel, and a very photogenic one as well. this is pure lusciousness, abby. :)

  9. Making my own dulce de leche has been on my to-do list for so long now. I have to say that I am a little scared of expolding cans, but it seems to me that it is completely safe if done properly...and what an awesome addition to the brownies! I think your little guy is after my heart ~ I would have probably been following you around saying, "morr" as well!

  10. Wowww you made your own dulce de leche!! Amazing,, i cant believe how delicious it looks!

  11. Oh my lord. ANOTHER fabulous brownie recipe to try, and one by David, too! These look incredible. I made his cheesecake brownies a couple of weeks ago and haven't stopped thinking of brownies since then. I'm going to try these next!

  12. This is a BRILLIANT plan if there ever was one - MMM!

  13. That looks so drool worthy. I found jarred dulce de leche at Whole Foods for dulce de leche banana ice cream (super easy, by the way). Homemade dulce de leche sounds very tempting. The fact that it's done in a crockpot is bonus. And the brownies...yum! (Love the photo of your little cutie. Adorable!)


  14. I love your pictures! My family is going to love this recipe! Thanks for posting it.

  15. That little man is too cute!

    dulche le leche - yum!

  16. I make my dulce de leche in a double boiler. I've boiled the can before, though - my 8th grade Spanish teacher made it for us like that once. But it still scares me!

  17. what a great post! the same thing happens to me all the time, i think i have an original idea for a scone or cookie, only to find hundreds of hits close to what i had in mind. these still look great! i'll have to try to make dulce de leche in the the crockpot, i made it once in the stov, and it didn't explode, but i decided to open it too soon and it kind of squirted across the kitchen and up onto the ceiling :) these look delicious!

  18. I picked a great day to stumble on your blog. These really look wonderful and I don't think DL has a bad recipe out there. I planned to say hello and move on, but I was lured by your earlier recipes and stayed far longer than I intended. I like your blog - a lot. I'll be back as often as I can. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings...Mary

  19. Lucky you! I've never had a chance to taste the dolce stuff. It has to be wonderful. Everyone seems to love it. Hope you're having a wonderful week. :) Petra

  20. Hi Abby! Just found your site through Mary over at One Perfect Bite, and I just love your blog. :) I have to say, a big selling point was the look of these awesome brownies staring back at me when the page loaded, but after reading some of your posts you sound just wonderful! I added you to my google reader and I am looking forward to seeing more of your food soon.

  21. ooh those look fantastic! i don't know if i should make them though...i'd finish them all in one day too =)


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