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Creamy, Dreamy, Sweet and Savory Recipes

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(Family Features) The secret is out - and it's both sweet and savory!

Sweetened condensed milk helps make desserts - and so much more - extraordinary. Whether its traditional recipes with a twist, a new take on a classic dish or a fresh new idea, Eagle Brand® Sweetened Condensed Milk is the secret ingredient to make desserts - and even savory dishes - delicious. These recipes, all finalists in the Eagle Brand Sweet Secret Recipe and Essay Contest, are infused with creativity and sweetened condensed milk. From the savory winning entry - a smooth, creamy soup with a touch of curry - to a sweet dreamy malt shop inspired pie and a taste-of-the-tropics cheesecake, these recipes are mouthwatering to look at, easy to prepare and perfect for sharing.

For more easy inspiration to satisfy your creamy cravings, visit www.eaglebrand.com.

Making Homemade Caramel

If you want to make your own creamy caramel topping or dip, heat sweetened condensed milk, following these directions. For safety reasons, do not heat in the can.

  • Oven: Pour one 14-ounce can into a 9-inch pie plate. Cover with aluminum foil; place in larger shallow pan in oven. Fill larger pan with about 1/2 inch of hot water to surround plate. Bake at 425°F for 1 1/2 to 2 hours or until thick and caramel colored.

  • Stovetop: Pour one 14-ounce can into top of double boiler; place over boiling water. Over medium-low heat, simmer 1 1/2 to 2 hours stirring occasionally until thick and caramel colored. Whisk until smooth.

  • Microwave: Pour one 14-ounce can into 2-quart glass measuring cup. Cook on 50 percent power (medium) 4 minutes, stirring briskly every 2 minutes until smooth. Cook on 30 percent power (medium-low) 20 to 26 minutes or until very thick and caramel colored, stirring briskly every 4 minutes during the first 16 minutes and every 2 minutes for the last 4 to 10 minutes. Use potholders when removing the glass measuring cup from the microwave, as it will be hot.

SOURCE: Eagle Brand