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.