Crock Pot Cajeta: A Goat Milk Delight

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cajeta ingredients

cajeta ingredients

Goat milk has been part of my diet for years.  In my kitchen, it typically ends up as chèvre, greek yogurt, paneer, or cabécou.  While those are all wonderful ways to enjoy goat milk, I was searching for something else.

Fortunately, someone told me about cajeta and as the saying goes, the rest is history.  This goat milk delight is a sweet, dessert sauce.  Think caramel sauce, but with a more complex flavor.  I have even heard people refer to it as the Mexican version of dulce de leche.  But what it all boils down to, is a sweetened milk that is slowly cooked down into a syrup.

Cajeta

  • 2 quarts goat milk
  • 2 C. white sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda dissolved in 1 Tbsp. water
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
caramel color of cajeta

caramel color of cajeta

Use a crock pot (slow cooker) large enough to hold at least 2 liquid quarts.  Add all ingredients to the pot and stir well to combine.  (I start this in the evening after dinner.)  Set the crock pot to HIGH and leave the lid off.  Allow the mixture to reduce in volume (depending on your crock pot temperature, it may take up to 24 hours) to the desired consistency.  Around hour 6, the color will slowly begin to change from white to a light beige.  This is great!  Starting around hour 15, periodically stir the milk mixture.  By now you should notice that it has turned a noticeable caramel color.  Continue to cook until the mixture reduces in volume to the consistency of a caramel sauce.  (With my crock pot, it took approximately 22 hours.)  As the mixture cooks, the color will continue to deepen and the sauce will continue to thicken.

This recipe will yield  approximately 4 cups of sauce.  If you desire a thicker and slightly darker caramel colored sauce, allow it to reduce further for another hour or two.   Remember to stir! Please note that the sauce will continue to thicken as it cools.

Pour into jars with lids and refrigerate.  This mixture will keep for approximately 3 weeks in the refrigerator.  (In our household, it never lasts that long.) To serve, you can either pour the sauce into a pan and heat the sauce up or leave it chilled.  Note:  the mixture pours easily if you heat it up.

Serving suggestions: a topper for ice cream, drizzle over brownies or fresh fruit, spread over a piece of pound cake, spread between two cookies, and even as a topping for sundaes or milk shakes.

Feel free to experiment with flavorings.  Perhaps you prefer rum extract to vanilla? Maybe a splash of bourbon?

cajeta cooked in a crock pot

The next time you are at a grocery store, pick up a carton of goat milk.  If  you are a little uncertain about if you will like it or not, you could prepare this recipe using half goat milk and half cow milk.   This delightful sauce takes just a few ingredients, a trusty crock pot, and patience.  Your taste buds, friends, and family will thank you.  Enjoy!

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12 responses »

  1. i made a batch this weekend as my does came back into milk. LOVE LOVE it. but one question. just as it was close to done, I used a plastic spoon to stir the pot and it foamed up almost overflowing. am I to use only a wood spoon or metal spoon????? why did it do this?????

    • Sorry for the delay. I wanted to research this in order to provide a good explanation. As milk heats, the water in it begins to evaporate. This concentrates the fat and protein in the milk which forms a layer at the top. (And generally, you can’t see this layer). Meanwhile water continues to evaporate, but it can’t easily break through this layer. So if it has been a while since you last stirred the milk, it may boil up and over due to breaking this layer and allowing steam to escape.

  2. Wonderful! Thank you. I have around 14 gallons of goat’s milk in my fridge(s) & freezers 😛 Our two does are drying off, pregnant, and we won’t have milk all winter and into late spring.
    I’ve got cheddar, chèvre, farmhouse fresh (both sweet and savory types), and some paneer already made. I’ve wanted to cook some down to make sweetened condensed for my coffee but this sounds even better.
    Let the ‘winter weight’ begin!

    • Cajeta is traditionally made with goat’s milk. In some areas of Mexico, they make it using a combination of both goat and cow milk. Cow milk should work… the key is to keep cooking until it becomes very viscous.

  3. This sounds luscious! I’ve had milk goats for several years but have not tried this. I’ll be featuring your post at Thursday’s HomeAcre Hop, so come on over and get a Featured Button if you’d like.

    • Oh it is. We have been enjoying it over ice cream lately and a friend shared a photo this week where she added some to her morning coffee! And thank you for the feature. How does the Featured Button work?

    • I have been making cheese for years with goat’s milk and have been looking for something different to try. When I heard about cajeta, I thought that I would have to give it a try. It has a wonderful flavor and really is good drizzled over ice cream.

      • Sorry for the delay in responding. I was researching this question. The FDA does not recommend canning anything that contains dairy… even when using a pressure canner. You could try freezing it instead.

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