Dulce de Leche (Caramel Filling)
This recipe is for a creamy caramel sauce that is as versatile as it is delicious. Once you make it, you can pour it over ice cream, use to frost a cake or to flavor brownies or use it as a filling between two shortbread cookies. (See recipe for Sugar Biscuits)
4 cups whole milk
¾ cup white granulated sugar
2 Tablespoons light corn syrup
½ tsp baking soda
1/8 tsp. salt
1 teaspoon Cookie Nip
This is a recipe for a divine caramel sauce from scratch which you should just abandon if you are in a hurry. But, if you have plenty of time, pull up a chair to the stove, turn on the television, and drift off into your own thoughts while stirring this mixture for 60 minutes.
Place all ingredients in a large pot and turn on medium-high heat. Set a timer for 60 minutes. With a heat-safe spatula or spoon, stir slowly and constantly. At first as the mixture heats up, the milk will foam up. If you are working in a small pot, you may need to remove it from the heat until the foam settles. After a few minutes, the mixture becomes thicker and darker. When the timer sounds, add a teaspoon of Cookie Nip and stir. Cool the mixture. You can store it for a couple of weeks in a snap top bowl in the refrigerator.
This recipe yields about 1 ¼ cups of rich caramel sauce.