Weekend Roundup: Slow-Cooker Desserts
Want a new reason to love your slow cooker? We’ve got three – and they’re to-die-for.
Slow cookers have always been a mystery to me. Being the cautious type, I thought it was weird that you’d leave something plugged-in and cooking all day, unattended. Hello, potential kitchen disaster. As much as friends tried to convince me of their wonderfulness, I resisted.
Until Thanksgiving a few years ago, that is, when I read about how effortless it is to make desserts in a slow cooker. At first I was incredulous, picturing a soggy mess. Then I checked out the recipes – you can do THAT in a slow cooker? – and was overtaken by one thought: I had to buy one. Now. With Black Friday ads urging me on, I picked one up at my local department store and was soon playing around with my new kitchen bestie.
We’ve been through a lot these last few years, my slow cooker and I, with many ups and a few downs. But we really hit the mark with dessert; I’ve yet to find one that disappoints. Looking for something new to try this weekend? I recommend spending some time getting to know the sweet side of your slow cooker. Here are a few ideas to get you started.
Decadence, thy name is Slow Cooker Turtle Monkey Bread. I mean, just look at it! Caramel. Chocolate. Pecans. This might be the monkey bread to top all monkey breads. The only downside is how easy it is to make – because it’s going to be hard to find another reason not to indulge in it on a weekly basis. (Tip: Round slow cookers can be hard to find, but Crock-Pot makes a nice affordable one.)
Cheesecake in a slow cooker? Yes, you can. And it’s fabulous. Slow Cooker Pumpkin Swirl Cheesecake is a dual-flavored beauty that’s cradled by a graham cracker crust. It’s soooooo creamy and bakes up without cracking across the top. Definitely Thanksgiving-worthy.
Though he could ask for any dessert in the world and I’d make it for him, my boyfriend always chooses this Hot Fudge Peanut Butter Pudding Cake from the blog Mel’s Kitchen Cafe for his birthday. It’s just that good. And talk about easy – dump all the ingredients in the slow cooker, and the cake makes itself. Genius!
Have you ever made dessert in a slow cooker? Share your favorite recipes in the comments section below!