Slow Cooker Brownies and Cherries

Slow Cooker Brownies and Cherries

 

Several weeks ago I was in ALDI and saw cans of tart cherries for sale.  I love tart cherries, so I picked up two cans.  They’ve been hanging out in my pantry waiting.  I sometimes buy ingredients that I don’t have any recipe ideas for yet.  They make good inspiration for new things.

Yesterday, I decided those cherries needed to meet up with a box of brownie mix and become a new slow cooker dessert.  I had no idea if this would turn out like I hoped or not.

Then again, how can you go wrong with cherries and brownies?

The dessert turned out wonderful!  The brownies are soft, but a bit more set than cobbler type desserts.  The cherries taste bright next to the deep, chocolate flavor of the brownies.  A creamy scoop of vanilla tops it all in a classic way.

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Slow Cooker Chocolate Cheesecake with Pretzel Crust and Nut Topping

Slow Cooker Chocolate Cheesecake with Pretzel Crust

 

This was the first cheesecake I’ve ever made.  Can you believe that?

The reason I’d never made one was that I lacked a springform pan.   This Chocolate Cheesecake with Pretzel Crust and Nut Topping justifies the purchase of a set of pans.

Oh my goodness!  This is one of the best cheesecakes I’ve ever tasted.  It’s smooth and rich and oh-so-very chocolatey.  The pretzel crust adds a bit of salty to the sweet chocolate and the nut topping brings a little crunch to the creamy.

Ever since I first saw a post on using the slow cooker for making cheesecake on Mommy’s Kitchen, I’ve wanted to try it.  I used an 8 inch springform pan, which fit inside my crockpot with a small amount of room to spare around the edges.  I also used the rack from my pressure cooker in the bottom of the crock.  This kept the pan a little bit higher, making it easier to get the finished cheesecake out of the crock.

Slow Cooker Chocolate Cheesecake with Pretzel Crust and Nut Topping

 

I pieced together several different recipes and ideas to come up with this one.  I used the chocolate cheesecake recipe from Taste of Home as the base, but changed the cooking method to slow cooker.  And I used the pretzel crust recipe from Bake or Break.  I did leave the pretzels in larger crumbs though, so it was more identifiable as pretzel.

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Slow Cooker Blueberry Crisp – A Healthy Dessert

Blueberry Crisp in the Slow Cooker

 

I’m pretty sure I’m not known for my healthy dessert recipes.  I like my dessert to be full of sugar and fat!  But this one would come in on the healthy end of the spectrum, I think.

Not only that, but it tastes wonderful!  The crisp topping is made from almond meal, oats and pecans.  It’s sweetened with a bit of honey or maple syrup.

The recipe is adapted from the book Bread and Wine by Shauna Niequist.  She mentions this blueberry crisp recipe several times in the book and I decided I would give it a try in the slow cooker.

I like slow cooker desserts just because they can be set up and assembled hours before you want to serve them, but you can still have a warm dessert.  They’re also perfect for summertime, when you don’t want to heat up the kitchen.  (psst…look for a return of the very popular Summer Slow Cooker Series this summer, this time with 100 days of recipes!).

I adapted the recipe in Bread and Wine in a few other ways too, in addition to making it in a slow cooker instead of the oven.  I used butter instead of olive oil.  Because butter tastes better than olive oil.

And I used honey instead of maple syrup, because I had honey in the pantry.

I also used double the amount of “crisp” to berries.  We like it that way.

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Slow Cooker Bananas Foster Bread Pudding

I am so excited with how this Slow Cooker Bananas Foster Bread Pudding turned out!

Several years ago, we ate at ‘Ohana at the Polynesian Resort in Walt Disney World. They have a dessert there that is amazing.  It’s warm bread pudding, topped with bananas foster sauce with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream over the top of it all.   I love anything with bananas foster, so I knew I would love their bread pudding.

Slow Cooker Bananas Foster Bread Pudding

 

I think this turned out very close in taste to the original.  Like I said, it has been a few years since I’ve eaten there but this does taste like I remember.

That’s one reason that I’m excited about this recipe.  I always love anything that reminds me of Disney!  Another reason to love this is that it’s so easy to make.

You can find the original recipe that ‘Ohana uses here.  I not only changed it for the slow cooker, but I simplified it and, I think, made it even better.

Instead of using ‘Ohana breakfast bread, I used French bread.  I still wanted the flavor of coconut and pineapple to come through (which comes from the breakfast bread in the original recipe).  To accomplish this, I changed part of the milk out for coconut milk and used crushed pineapple, along with the juice.

Also, instead of buying rum and attempting to flambé it, I used rum extract.  It’s simple and makes the sauce taste fantastic.

The other thing I’m very happy with in this recipe is the cook time.  This one can cook on low for 6-8 hours.  That sets it apart from many other slow cooker desserts, which have a much shorter cooking time.

The sauce does get cooked separately on the stove top, but it’s very quick to make.

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Slow Cooker Italian Sausage and Peppers Sub Sandwiches

Slow Cooker Italian Sausage and Peppers Sub Sandwiches
When we have Italian Sausage, I usually serve it over pasta. Ragú recently asked me to give a twist on a traditional dish, so I decided to serve the Italian sausage and peppers on buns instead. And I wanted to use the slow cooker for the recipe too. I love my slow cooker!

The Ragú® Old World Style® Traditional Sauce made it a cinch to prep this meal. And it tasted fantastic!

I toasted the buns in the oven, then topped them with the Italian sausage and peppers in rich tomato sauce, covering it all with slices of provolone cheese.

The boys in my house especially loved this meal. The leftovers got finished off as a night time snack. Anyone else have teenage sons who eat two dinners?

Here’s what you’ll need to make Slow Cooker Italian Sausage and Peppers Sub Sandwiches:

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Slow Cooker Italian Sausage and Peppers Sub Sandwiches

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5-6 hours on high or 7-8 hours on low
Ready In: 5-8 hours

  • 2 lbs. sweet Italian sausage links
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 1 green pepper, sliced
  • 1 red pepper, sliced
  • 1 jar Ragú® Old World Style® Traditional Sauce
  • 1 tsp. Italian seasoning
  • 8 hoagie rolls, toasted
  • 8 slices Provolone cheese
  1. In a skillet, brown the sausage on all sides.
  2. Place sausge, onion, peppers, Ragu and Italian seasoning in slow cooker.
  3. Cook on high 4-5 hours or low 6-7 hours.
  4. Serve sausage and peppers on hoagie rolls, topped with cheese.

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Salted Caramel Cobbler in the Slow Cooker

Now that I’ve started this Slow Cooker Dessert Series,  I’ve of course been trying to come up with ideas for new recipes.  When I think dessert, my mind quickly goes to chocolate.  But this time I wanted something different.

I could have used fruit to make a dessert (I’ve got a couple of cans of cherries in the pantry that I can’t wait to use!), but one of my kids doesn’t like fruit.  (What kind of kid loves kale, cauliflower and carrots but hates fruit?)

And that’s how this Salted Caramel Cobbler in the slow cooker came into being.

Salted Caramel Cobbler in the Slow Cooker easy dessert

 

It’s basically the same recipe as Chocolate Cobbler in the Slow Cooker, but without the cocoa.  I also swapped out some of the white sugar for brown sugar to make it more caramel-like.  And a little salt on caramel is always a good thing.

This cobbler turns out warm and gooey with lots of caramel sauce.  This is a sweet dessert.  It’s nearly impossible to have a caramel dessert without it being very sweet.  The bit of salt balances the sweet though.

It would be great topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.  Ice cream can help cut the richness of dessert, as crazy as that sounds.  It works like a glass of milk with brownies, only more delicious.  Or this could just be me justifying eating more ice cream.

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Pineapple Upside Down Cake in the Slow Cooker

Pineapple Upside Down Cake in the Slow Cooker

 

This warm, pineapple upside down cake was begging for a scoop of vanilla ice cream.  I really thought I had some left in the freezer, but my kid (who is taller every morning than he was the night before) beat me to it.

Even so, this dessert was delish!  Simple ingredients of pineapple, butter, brown sugar and cake mix created a cobbler-like dessert that tastes just like traditional pineapple upside down cake.

Do you like your pineapple upside down cake warm or room temp?

I prefer mine to be room temperature.  The leftovers were perfect to me the next day.  But other members of my family prefer theirs to be warm.  They loved it straight out of the slow cooker and heated up their leftovers in the microwave the next day.

Either way, this is a very easy dessert to make.

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Slow Cooker Desserts Series

Slow Cooker Dessert Series

 

I had so much fun with the Slow Cooker Soups Series, I decided to sweeten things up.

Starting tomorrow, I’ve got a new batch of slow cooker recipes for you and they’re all sweet and scrumptious!

I’ll be sharing recipes each Friday during March and April.  We may run this series into May too.  I’ll be creating new recipes, as well as sharing recipes on my site that you may have missed.  And I’ll share a few from other food blogs as well. I’ll add all the recipes to this post, as they are shared each week.

Pineapple Upside Down Cake in the Slow CookerPineapple Upside Down Cake

Salted Caramel Cobbler in the Slow Cooker easy dessertSalted Caramel Cobbler

Slow Cooker Bananas Foster Bread Pudding Disney inspiredBananas Foster Bread Pudding

Slow Cooker Blueberry Crisp Blueberry Crisp

Slow Cooker Chocolate Cheesecake with Pretzel Crust

 

Chocolate Cheesecake with Pretzel Crust and Nut Topping

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Easy Slow Cooker Thai Chicken Curry Soup

Slow Cooker Thai Chicken Curry Soup

 

This is the final recipe in our Slow Cooker Soup series.  I have loved this series!

My goal with each recipe I’ve shared has been to put the ingredients in the crockpot and let them cook.  I didn’t want to have to pre-cook any meats for this series.  That’s the one step that will stop me from making something if I’m in a big hurry.

I stumbled on a method of cooking meat with bones in it right in the soups.  This has worked for several ham based soups and also chicken soups.  And it’s the method I used for this soup too.

Cooking the chicken with bones right in the soup gives the broth a rich flavor.  It also simplifies the recipe too.

The original recipe for this soup comes from Modern Mrs. Darcy.  Anne is one of my favorite bloggers to read.  She blogs on all kinds of interesting topics and she’s a fellow Kentuckian too.

I changed up the soup recipe from the way Anne fixed it.  She made a homemade broth (great idea, but one I rarely take time for).  She also used chicken that had been pre-cooked and took time to sauté the vegetables.  All of those steps make wonderful soup, but I wanted a simpler version.

And I think I found success!  A simple Slow Cooker Thai Chicken Curry Soup with homemade taste that only takes 10 minutes to prep.

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Slow Cooker Chicken Alfredo Soup

My sister-in-law gave me the idea for Chicken Alfredo Soup.  She said she’d eaten it before and it was good, but not as Alfredo-y as she wished.  The recipe she’d seen used a jar of Alfredo sauce.

Slow Cooker Chicken Alfredo SoupI decided to make a homemade version that didn’t use the jar of sauce.  This soup has chicken, penne pasta, and lots of Parmesan.  It’s a delicious take on classic chicken and noodle soup.

But it isn’t as Alfredo-y as you’d imagine the soup to be.  I think that may be an impossible thing to ask of a soup, because if you thicken it and make it just like the sauce, then you don’t have soup any more.  You’ve got sauce.

I almost named it something different, like Chicken Parmesan Soup, but that’s a different dish and I already have a Chicken Parmesan Soup.  So despite the fact that the name might be a little misleading, I’m keeping it.

And this soup is definitely worth making.  It’s warm, comforting and creamy.  And there’s no pre-cooking needed.  Everything goes into the slow cooker, although the milk and pasta get held out to near the end of the cooking time.

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