I’ve always been curious about making desserts in my slow cooker. I’ve seen some recipes for things like pudding and slow cooked fruit (I’ve tried maple apple compote and spiced & stuffed pears) but I was more interested in actually baking in a Crock Pot. I came across an article with simple directions for baking in a slow cooker:
- Make sure your pan fits in your slow cooker.
- Place a rolled up ball or two of aluminum foil at the bottom of the slow cooker to hold up the pan.
- Prepare your recipe, pour it into your pan and place that on top of the aluminum foil ball(s) in the slow cooker.
- Turn it to high cook until done (amount of time will depend on how hot your slow cooker gets).
I tried it with a pumpkin bread recipe that makes enough batter for 2 loaves. I put one loaf in the oven and one in the slow cooker to compare them. The difference was huge; the slow cooker bread came out very moist, while the oven loaf was more fluffy and cake like. It was kind of like the difference between brownies with a fudgy texture versus a cake texture.
I’m definitely going to try baking in my slow cooker again. Now I know I can pop a loaf in the slow cooker and leave the house all day, use the oven for dinner, or just avoid heating up the the house when I want to bake in the summer.
Have you ever tried baking in your slow cooker? I wonder how cookies would come out!
- 3 cups sugar
- 1 cup vegetable oil
- 3 large eggs
- 1 16-ounce can solid pack pumpkin
- 3 cups all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
In a separate large bowl, combine flour, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking soda, salt and baking powder. Add to the wet ingredients in 2 batches.
Pour half of batter into each loaf pan. Set slow cooker to high and cook for 2-8 hours (until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean).
Pour half of batter into a 2 greased 9x5x3-inch loaf pans. Bake at 350°F for around 1 hour (until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean).