How’s spring going so far? Have you found yourself in need of some sort of extra-special treat? Maybe to celebrate the first few warm, sunny days or to forget about never-ending cold ones?
I’ve been trying to write this post for a few days now but it seems like the perfect time for someone to fall off the couch and bash their head on the floor or need help squeezing glue onto their ribbon bracelet is always juuuuust about the same time I open up my laptop—I can be easily distracted.
Do you know how many hours I spend dreaming about making coconut milk dulce de leche in the slow cooker? Soups are great, but I’m pretty sure that’s what this handy appliance was meant for. Picture this, you stir some stuff together and walk away only to come back a few hours later to the most heavenly smell and meltingly gorgeous sauce. For those of you who have not succumbed to the convince of a slow cooker (you homesteaders, you) the stove works too. You will need to keep a much closer eye on things, stir frequently, and the sauce will be done in about an hour.
Since The Professor can’t have the real deal dulce de leche made with sweetened condensed milk or even cajeta (made with goat’s milk, check out Deb’s version, it looks incredible) I’ve tried several attempts at a vegan sauce. I’ll admit, it is not the same thing, but it is equally delicious. It is more like coconut caramel sauce than that tinge of sour you’d get from dulce de leche made with milk: different but the same.
This sauce makes a killer banana split, especially if said bananas are sprinkled with sugar and bruléed to a crispy, sugar-coated brown, then topped with melty ice cream, loads of toasted almonds, and fresh raspberries. But cold on a spoon works too–not like I’d ever do that.
How about some more ideas for spring desserts?
- Strawberry Rhubarb Paletas
- Coconut Milk Crepes with Lemon-Streaked Strawberries
- Ginger Pavlova with Tropical Fruit and Whipped Coconut Cream
- Arroz con Leche with Rhubarb Sauce
Looking for more sweet treats? Check out all my dessert recipes here!