Instant Pot Dulce de Leche – Home Made Milk Caramel

Instant Pot Dulce de Leche or Creamy Caramel is decadent and easy dessert. Rich sweet taste and buttery feel makes this superstar sweet treat. You will love this slow cooked magic made with just one main ingredient.

Intrigued enough ? This recipe is one of our autumn – fall dessert favorite. This Milk Based Sweet Caramel is ideal treat to satisfy sweet cravings.

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We use sweetened condensed milk to make this gooey, deep colored sweet concoction. You heat it slowly so it changes it’s color and texture. A simple can of condensed milk thus transforms into creamy caramel sauce.

You can use it as a dip or a spread. It’s particularly delectable with apple and pear slices. You can use it as a topping over ice cream, pancakes or muffins. You can stir it in coffee for rich buttery taste. You can also make a pie filling with it.

And if you are like me, you can just drizzle some sea salt crystals over it and eat a spoonful.. divine – decadent – delicioussss!!

Apples dipped in Dule de leche and coated with crushed peanuts. This decadent dessert is ideal for fall parties.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN REGULAR CARAMEL AND INSTANT POT DULCE DE LECHE / CARAMEL CREAM?

Regular caramel is done when you heat and melt sugar at high temperature. Instant Pot caramel cream is a little different than regular caramel. It is creamier, and doesn’t get as hard and chewy as regular caramel. It’s more like a sauce than brittle and hard candy caramel.

Dulce de Leche on the other hand, is slowly heated sweetened condensed milk. It changes to darker color and caramel like taste due to pressure cooking or high heating.

The Instant Pot Dulce de Leche Caramel Cream or home made caramel with sweetened condensed milk. It is the midway bridge between the hard candy caramel and caramel sauce. It’s buttery rich flavorful and simply irresistible.

Overhead shot of Instantpot caramel creame serve with sea salt crystals on marble countertop.

Important Tips to make Best Instant Pot Dulce de Leche :

Separate Silicone Seal Ring:  I cook lot of savory curries and onion garlic based dinners in my Instantpot. If you are like me who often cooks flavourful savory dishes, you should change the silicon ring when making desserts. It is really hard to get rid of smells of spices even after air drying and dishwashing. Easiest solution is to get a different color silicon sealing ring for dessert. The color differnetiation helps to keep savory flavors intact for savory dishes and sweet aromas intact for sweet desserts. Amazon affiliate link is attached here if you want to order it online. 

Remove the lid of the can before pressure cooking : This is a MUST. It is extremely dangerous to cook sealed canned goods in pressure cooker. Make sure to open the can, discard the lid. You can then cover the can with aluminum foil and proceed to cook it. 

So grab a 14 oz. of condensed milk can and let’s get cooking. You will get enough caramel cream for four 4 oz jars or two 8 oz jars from a 14 oz. can of sweetened condensed milk.

Instantpot caramel creame serve with sea salt crystals on marble countertop.

Ingredients: 

1 14 oz. can Sweetened Condensed Milk

6 cups Water to build pressure in InstantPot

Optional Ingredients ( highly recommended)

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Coarse sea salt ( crystals) to sprinkle over the caramel.

Tools You’ll Need to make InstantPot Dolce de Leche :

Can Opener

InstantPot or Electric Pressure Cooker ( I am using 6 Qt 7in1 Multi Use Programmable )

Trivet or metal rack – to keep the can in the InstantPot

Aluminum foil

Spatula

Instructions on How to Make Instantpot Milk  Based Caramel Sauce

Open the can of sweetened condensed milk using a can opener. Throw away the lid.

Using the aluminum foil, completely double wrap the opened can of condensed milk. You want to ensure that no water or steam goes in the can.

Put the trivet in the main insert of the InstantPot pressure cooker.

Pour 4-6 cups of water into the main insert of the InstantPot. Put the wrapped can in the main insert of the InstantPot on the trivet/rack.

Close the lid and put the valve to SEALING. Press the Pressure Cook/Manual button and then press the + or – buttons to select 35 minutes on High Pressure.

When the InstantPot beeps after it’s done cooking, turn it off so it doesn’t switch to the warm setting.

Let the pressure release naturally. When the silver pin drops, carefully open the lid. Let the leftover build up steam release and when it’s safe to handle , carefully remove the can from the trivet. There will be some moisture ( water) over the aluminum foil wrap. Using a paper towel, blot it up.

Remove the foil. Using a fork or the whisk, gently stir the mixture. It will go from lumpy to creamy after some good stirring.

Once it cools down, add vanilla extract ( if using) . Transfer it to the container or the mason jar . Sprinkle some sea salt crystals on top and devour!!

caramel cream being poured from white spoon showing the creamy gooey texture.

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Overhead shot of Instant pot caramel cream served with sea salt crystals on marble countertop.

Instant Pot Dulce de Leche - Home Made Milk Based Caramel

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Additional Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes

How to make milk based caramel sauce at home using electric pressure cooker like Instantpot. This easy one ingredient recipe makes velvety creamy caramel creame dipping sauce or dessert.

Ingredients

  • 1 14 oz. can Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 6 cups Water to build pressure in InstantPot
  • ** Optional Ingredients ( highly recommended)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Coarse sea salt ( crystals) to sprinkle over the caramel.

Instructions

Open the can of sweetened condensed milk using a can opener. Throw away the lid.

Using the aluminum foil, completely double wrap the opened can of condensed milk. You want to ensure that no water or steam goes in the can.

Put the trivet in the main insert of the InstantPot pressure cooker.

Pour 4-6 cups of water into the main insert of the InstantPot. Since we are cooking for longer duration, you will want to have enough water to build the steam and continue cooking.

Put the wrapped can in the main insert of the InstantPot on the trivet/rack.

Close the lid and put the valve to SEALING. Press the Pressure Cook/Manual button and then press the + or – buttons to select 35 minutes on High Pressure.

When the InstantPot beeps after it’s done cooking, turn it off so it doesn’t switch to the warm setting.

Let the pressure release naturally. When the silver pin drops, carefully open the lid. Let the leftover build up steam release and when it’s safe to handle , carefully remove the can from the trivet. There will be some moisture ( water) over the aluminum foil wrap. Using a paper towel, blot it up.

Remove the foil. Using a fork or the whisk, gently stir the mixture. It will go from lumpy to creamy after some good stirring.

Once it cools down add vanilla extract ( if using) . Transfer it to the container or the mason jar . Sprinkle some sea salt crystals on top and devour!!

Notes

Change the silicon ring of the instantpot so that the savory and sweet flavors don't transfer while pressure cooking.

Make sure to remove the lid of the can completely before pressure cooking.

Even though it is not exactly like the store brought caramel apples, we like to dip the apples to make creamy caramel apples. The coating remains soft and creamy.

Apples dipped in Dule de leche and coated with crushed peanuts. This decadent dessert is ideal for fall parties.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 15 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 121Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 12mgSodium: 58mgCarbohydrates: 21gFiber: 0gSugar: 21gProtein: 3g

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5 thoughts on “Instant Pot Dulce de Leche – Home Made Milk Caramel”

  1. Hello! I was just wondering what the serving size is on your Instant Pot Dulce de leche?
    It says 121 calories per serving and didn’t know if that was per tablespoon?
    This recipe looks so delicious!

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  2. While this looks wonderful, is it possible to make it less runny/thin? It seems to run down the apple. My mother used to make caramel apple for trick or treaters, with the nuts on the bottom then we placed them in individual.muffin papers. Kraft caramels are thicker dor dipping – can they be used instead? Thank you

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    • Judith, these won’t stay hard coated for long. The ones you get in stores are made with sugar and corn syrup coating . This is milk caramel. So you have to eat it pretty soon after making since they will drip. But for kids afternoon snack and playdates these work great.

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