Dulce Leche (Caramel Topping)
12 ounces sugar, approximately 1 1/2 cups
1 vanilla bean, split and seeds scraped
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
Another trick to making caramel topping is to boil a can of Carnation sweetened condensed milk completely submerged in water for 2 hours. Make sure the can stays completely covered with water for the whole 2 hours. After 2 hours remove the pan from heat and set aside to cool completely.
DO NOT REMOVE THE CAN FROM THE WATER. LEAVE IT IN THE WATER UNTIL THE WATER AND THE CAN ARE COMPLETELY COOL.
Will keep in the unopened can for quite some time, once open though it usually disappears pretty fast. If you use a lot of caramel topping, you can always do multiple cans and keep them stored in your pantry.