Caramel Pie

Cover recipe - Louisiana Cookin', Cajun & Creole Cookin', Caramel Pie: May/June 2013

Cover recipe – Louisiana Cookin: Cajun & Creole Cookin’,        Caramel Pie: May/June 2013

I love finding new food magazines to visually devour – like the latest issue of Louisiana Cookin’. There’s something so satisfying about leafing through the fresh, glossy pages of a brand new magazine, and allowing your eyes to literally feast on each mouthwatering recipe. For me, this is usually followed by earmarking pretty much every recipe I come across, because I know I just HAVE to try every one.

That’s what happened to me when I came across the May/June issue of Louisiana Cooking, featuring Cajun and Creole recipes. What drew me in? Oh, maybe the luscious photo of what appeared to be the most delicious Caramel Pie ever created.  The thick, gooey caramel filling, layered with mounds of airy whipped cream and topped with crunchy pecans and chocolate curls instantly drew me in.

After flipping through the issue I found so many other recipes I needed to try, like Fried Catfish with Creole Tartar Sauce and Jalapeno Relish, and an amazing Crab Mango Salad. If you love Cajun dishes with delicious flavors twists, then this magazine is definitely for you. Read my notes below to see what I thought of this recipe.


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Caramel Pie

Yield: 8 servings

Prep Time: 3 hours

Cook Time: 10 min


2 (14-ounce) cans sweetened condensed milk
1 (9-inch) prepared deep-dish pie shell
1 (8-ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed
½ cup chocolate curls
Garnish: chopped pecans


1. In a large pot, place unopened cans of condensed milk, and add enough water to completely cover cans. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce to a simmer. Simmer for 3 hours, adding water as necessary to keep cans covered.

2. Meanwhile, bake your pie shell according to directions; set aside to cool. You can use a store bought shell, but I prefer a homemade crust - the flavor is so much better.

3. Carefully remove cans from water, and set aside until cool enough to handle. Open cans, and pour caramel filling into pie crust. Spread whipped topping over the filling, and top with chocolate curls. Garnish with pecans, if desired. Chill for 1 hours or overnight.


Tips: This pie is made easy by using store bought crust and frozen whipped topping, but for even more amazing flavor, I recommend making a homemade crust and using fresh whipped cream. Homemade crust is not as scary as it sounds, and the flavor can’t be beat!

Source: : Louisiana Cookin’: Cajun & Creole Cookin’, May/June 2013

The results:

The magazine describes it as the easiest Caramel Pie you’ll ever make, but don’t let that fool you. It may be easy but this pie definitely isn’t short on flavor. If you’re familiar with Banoffee Pie (one of my favorites!) the filling is made the same way. The caramelized condensed milk creates a deep, rich flavor that is a fusion of butterscotch and caramel. The whipped topping helps to cut the sweetness and the texture from the pecans and chocolate curls are a nice addition. I made the pie the night before and let it set up in the fridge, and it tasted just great the next day. Allowing the filling in the pie to set overnight makes it easier to slice too.

Did this recipe deserve the cover spotlight?

I think so! It has really great flavor, looks beautiful, and is so simple to put together. This kind of dessert is perfect when you need something to wow your guests but don’t have a lot of time for a labor intensive dessert. The most time consuming part is boiling the condensed milk cans for 3 hours, but this step doesn’t need constant watching. You could even use your slow cooker for this step. The best part is this pie can be made ahead and keeps really well in the refrigerator. A complete time-saver!

Lori is the founder of She's a professional recipe developer and food writer, and she's the author of The Recipe Girl Cookbook (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt: April 2013). Beyond food, Lori enjoys traveling, being outdoors, running, and maybe even singing a little karaoke. The mountains near Lake Tahoe are home for Lori and her husband of 18 years. They have an 12 year-old son who blogs at

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8 Responses to “Caramel Pie”

  1. 1

    Danielle — April 25, 2013 @ 7:18 am

    One of my favorite pies! So easy, yet so rich and delicious!!

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    Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet — April 25, 2013 @ 9:04 am

    I don’t usually make pies because of the crust, but this! This I can make! Love the filling shot, Amber! Pinning!

  3. 3

    Joanne — April 25, 2013 @ 9:41 am

    Ummm wow. I’m pretty sure my life will no longer be complete without this pie in it! Amazing.

  4. 4

    Lori Lange — April 25, 2013 @ 9:46 am

    I must make this… like immediately! Pretty sure I’d just sit here with a spoon and eat all of that caramel! Such a great photo too!

  5. 5

    Natalia L — April 25, 2013 @ 1:16 pm

    The caramel is what we call “dulce de leche” or “doce de leite” in South America. You can make it in the crockpot too (cover in water and cook it on low for about 8hrs).

    I’ll try this recipe! :)

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    Bobbie H — April 25, 2013 @ 2:45 pm

    If you want to save a little time on the caramelizing of the sweetened condensed milk, you can buy it ready made. It is called Dulce De Leche. In California, I buy Carnation brand Dulce De Leche. It is the same as a can of sweetened, condensed milk simmered for 3 hours. In Northern California it is in 3 of the four major grocery stores. In some communities, you might have to go to a Mexican grocery store. Yummy stuff! By the way, a tablespoon in a cup of coffee is lovely.

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    Laurie {Simply Scratch} — April 26, 2013 @ 7:15 am

    Stunning! Amber takes the most amazing shots… now I need some caramel pie!

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