Cajeta, a caramel sauce used in traditional Mexican desserts, is a terrific dessert sauce to have in your repertoire for instant ice cream sundaes. Think of the method for making cajeta as a slow, steady science experiment whose end result is an excellent and easy sauce.
Total Timea day or more
OccasionCasual Dinner Party, Family Get-together
Dietary Considerationhalal, kosher, peanut free, soy free, tree nut free, vegetarian
Taste and Texturecreamy, fruity, nutty, spiced, sweet
Type of Dishdessert, dessert sauce, sauces
- 1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
- 1 cup milk
- 1 large egg
- 2 large egg yolks
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons granulated sugar
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- Pinch of ground cloves
- Pinch of ground cinnamon
- 1 cup coarsely chopped pecans toasted
- Confectioners sugar, for sprinkling
- 1 pint fresh raspberries
To make the cajeta, place the unopened can of milk in a heavy saucepan and cover completely with water. Over very low heat, bring the water to a bare quiver and simmer very gently 3 hours, adding more water as necessary to keep the can covered. Wearing an oven mitt, turn the can over and cook for 2½ hours more. Cool to room temperature and refrigerate overnight.
To make the crepes, in blender, combine the milk, egg, egg yolks, flour, granulated sugar, butter, vanilla, cloves, cinnamon and salt. Blend until smooth. Chill 1 hour.
Heat a small nonstick skillet or omelet pan over medium high heat. Pour in about 2 to 3 tablespoons of the batter, swirling the pan to coat evenly. Cook until small bubbles form on the surface, then flip and cook on the second side until golden. Slide onto a plate and make the remaining crepes in the same way, stacking them on the plate as you go.
To serve, preheat the oven to 250°F. Open the can of cooked condensed milk and stir well with a fork, blending to an even, thick consistency. Spread about 1 tablespoon of the cajeta evenly over the surface of 1 crepe. Scatter some of the toasted pecans over the top and roll into a cylinder. Repeat with the remaining crepes, and reheat in the oven for a few minutes. Arrange 4 crepes on each plate. Sprinkle with confectioners’ sugar, scatter the raspberries over the top, and serve.
1997 Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger