Friday, March 31, 2017

Slow Cooker Raspberry Chocolate Casserole

This Raspberry Chocolate Casserole is surely a crowd pleaser. A quick and easy dessert prepared with a slow cooker, along with simple ingredients and a recipe that embraces creative change. 

Every spoonful of this treat is loaded with rich,melted chocolate and tart,sweet raspberries. This lovely dessert is also nothing without its staple of sweet Hawaiian bread as well as a garnish of whip cream upon every serving.

This slow cooker dessert keeps it simple for everyone and bakes rather quickly. Here all you need to know is how to measure,mix and layer. Just how any casserole is formed

However, If your not a raspberry fan, then feel free to mix it up. Blueberries,blackberries or even strawberries are a great option.

Although, I certainly advocate to save this recipe for when that chocolate and raspberry craving kicks in. You won't be disappointed.

Raspberry Chocolate Casserole
Slow Cooker Desserts By Jonnie Downing
(My Adaptions In Brackets)

6 cups cubed brioche,challah or Hawaiian bread
(Used Hawaiian rolls,cubed)
1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
(Used 2 cups)
1 cup fresh raspberries
(Used 2 cups frozen raspberries)
1/2 cup heavy cream
4 large eggs
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract

1. Greased the inside of my 8 quart slow cooker.Poured in half of the cubed bread,along with half of the chocolate chips and half of the raspberries.Then layered again with the remaining bread,chocolate and berries.

2. In a medium bowl, I whisked together the heavy cream,eggs,sugar and vanilla,until well mixed.Then I poured the liquid mixture in the slow cooker.

3. Covered the slow cooker with the lid and cooked on high for 1 3/4- 2 hours,or until set and golden brown. Then I let it stand for about 5 to 10 minutes before serving.

Recommendation: Garnish with whip cream. Used the left over heavy cream and beat, until it reaches stiff peaks.Add a spoonful of granulated sugar, if desired.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Slow Cooker Peach Cobbler

Need a simple and delicious dessert that will give you comfort on cold nights?

Do you have a slow cooker on hand?


If you replied "yes" to these inquests as well? Then a classic slow cooker peach cobbler is certainly what you desire. This recipe incorporates simple ingredients, minimal prep work as well as a recipe that is flexible. 

Overall,this cobbler on its own is a delectable layered dessert with fresh, juicy, caramelized peaches along with a fluffy, sweet golden brown cake topping.The slow cooker will do all the work for you and the dessert will impress the ones you share it with.

 Lastly,if your not much of a peach lover then try this cobbler with a substitution of any sort of berry. Also, if fresh fruit is not in season,try frozen or canned as a secondary choice.The options are endless with this dessert.

So try it yourself! You won't be disappointed!

Slow Cooker Peach Cobbler 
Slow Cooker Desserts by Jonnie Downing
6 quart slow cooker or larger
Cooking Time:7 hours
Recommend: Cook ahead of time
Used an 8 quart oval slow cooker:Time range:6-7 hours

1 cup all purpose flour
1 1/4 cup granulated sugar,divided
1/2 cup unsalted butter,softened
1 tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup 25 milk
2 pounds fresh peaches,peeled and sliced (about 2 cups)  
(Not in season? Use frozen peaches (thawed) or canned with water,drained.
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 cup hot water

1. In a large bowl,mix together the flour,1 cup sugar,butter,baking powder,salt,vanilla and milk.Mix, until a smooth batter.

2. Spray the inside of the slow cooker with cooking spray.Spread the peaches over the bottom and sprinkle with cinnamon.

3. Cover the peaches with the batter.Cover and cook on high for 1 hour. 

4. After 1 hour,using a small bowl,mix together the 1/4 cup granulated sugar and the hot water,pour over cobbler.Cover once again and cook on low for another 6 hours.Periodically check to prevent any sugar burning when using an 8 quart.The top edge can burn. If that does happen, it can easily be removed.

 See, the top edge burned.Always be watchful! This was 6 hours, probably 5 hours is best with an 8 quart 

It can be salvaged, remove burnt side and it will still be good to serve.

                         Serve,in 4 inch ramekins and looks good as new

Slow Cooked Apple Brown Betty

Everyone has their own nostalgic version of Apple Brown Betty. Their mother's and grandmother's recipes are always the best; However when keeping an open mind you can introduce yourself to tasty ideas. For instance, imagine taking a classic apple brown betty recipe and baking it with a slow cooker. Slowly baking anything will generate new flavors as well as textures.
For example, when using granny smith apples in this recipe, it slowly transforms a tart green apple into a tender,sweet apple. The baking of low heat breaks down the apples slowly. While allowing the flavored bread topping absorb slowly to the fresh apple mixture. Everything melds together and each element has an importance to the balance of flavor. Therefore it creates a dessert with juicy, tender pieces of sweet apple along with a soft golden brown bread topping. It becomes a truly aromatic dessert as well as a compilation that will continue to stay a classic.

Overall,this recipe is easy to follow ,includes simple ingredients and even adaptable if desired. The slight negative is slow cooking of course acquires more time compared to any other form of cooking; however its still well worth the effort. So, if you want to take a chance and create this yourself. Be sure to prep ahead and bake with aple time so that you too can enjoy a comfort dessert after supper. Just don't forget the vanilla ice cream!

Slow Cooker Apple Brown Betty
Slow Cooker Desserts By Jonnie Downing
Yield: 6- 8 quart oval crock pot
Cooking Time: 5-7 hours

3 pounds Granny Smith apples-peeled,cored and chunked
10 slices of white bread,cubed
3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
Dash of salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter,melted

1. Wash,peel,core and cut the granny smith apples.

2. In a large bowl,combined the cubed bread,brown sugar,cinnamon,nutmeg and salt.Toss with the melted butter.

3. Place the cut up apples in the slow cooker and cover the apples with the bread mixture.

4. Cover and cook on low for 5-7 hours.Set at warming when done.Serve warm.Best served on day.Best with vanilla ice cream.