Archive for Slow Cooker

Slow-Cooker Upside-Down Peach Bourbon Cake

It’s hot.

And I don’t mean that as a complaint. I ain’t complaining. I am a girl who loves the summer, thrives on it, won’t complain when the mercury rises.

I might complain a little, though, if I am forced to turn on my oven during said heat. Because then my apartment gets to be about 700 degrees, and it’s pretty unbearable.

peach bourbon upside down cake

So, faced with a dilemma: that being I had too many peaches (a friend picked them up for me on his way home through the Okanagan), and wanting to make an upside-down cake with them, but not wanting to turn on my oven, I thought I’d give it a try in my slow cooker.

Here’s the thing about slow cookers. People think that they are only for the winter. For soups and stews and heartier, comforting fare. But they can also be your best friend during the summer, when you don’t want to turn on your oven. The heat they kick out is not immense, and it’s contained, so they won’t make your kitchen hot like turning on your oven will.

I’ve never baked a cake in my slow cooker before, but I knew someone who had: Julie Van Rosendaal.

Her new Best of Bridge cookbook included a recipe for a classic pineapple upside-down cake done in the slow cooker, and I thought I’d just swap out the pineapple for peaches, and Bob’s your uncle.

Turns out, Bob IS your uncle! I will admit to having a healthy dose of skepticism going in, but it worked really well. I was really impressed. And the cake was amazeballs. Moist, with just the right crumb. It makes this super tasty caramel sauce that drips down over everything and just rocks. My kid hoovered down a chunk of this still warm, and asked for more.

Winner! And no burning hot kitchen. Extra win.

peach bourbon slow cooker upside down cake

Slow-Cooker Upside-Down Peach Bourbon Cake

(adapted from Best of Bridge Slow Cooker)

Round, 4-6 quart slow cooker

Ingredients

Topping

  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup melted butter
  • 4 peaches, pitted, peeled and sliced
  • 2 tbsp bourbon

Cake

  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1/3 tsp salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2/3 cup milk

Method:

  1. Make the topping. Melt the butter and mash the brown sugar into it until it’s all combined into a kind of paste. Add the bourbon and mash it in as well. Grease the inside of your slowcooker, then spread the brown sugar-bourbon-butter mixture in a single layer on the bottom of the pot.
  2. Carefully arrange the peach slices on top to make it pretty.
  3. Add the softened butter to the bowl of your mixer, and then add the sugar. Whip those together until they are light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then add the vanilla.
  4. Combine the baking powder and salt with the flour, and then slowly beat it into the wet ingredients, alternating with the milk.
  5. Once the batter is done, pour it into the slow cooker on top of the peaches.
  6. Turn heat to high and let cook for about 2-2 1/2 hours, or until the edges are browning and a skewer insterted into the middle of the cake comes out clean.
  7. Remove the bowl from the slow cooker and allow to cool for 15 minutes. Run a knife around the edges of the cake to loosen, then place a plate on top and flip it upside down.
  8. Your cake should slide out onto the plate. If there are any bits left in the slow cooker, you can dig them out and patch them in.
  9. Serve warm with ice cream.

 

Save

Eggnog Rice Pudding #Vegan

Growing up, one of my mom’s favorite desserts was rice pudding. Or “rice and raisins” as we called it in our house.

She had this pot; it may have been Le Cruset, or it may have been a ripoff, but I remember it being orange and heavy and enamel on the inside. She would add rice and cream and sugar and cinnamon, and half hour later, stir in some raisins. It was warming and creamy and deeply comforting, especially if you were sick.

eggnog rice pudding vegan

So for me, rice pudding is one of those nostalgic, comforting dishes I crave this time of the year.

This recipe is even simpler than most, because you make it in your slow cooker. I adapted this recipe from Best of Bridge The Family Slow Cooker: 225 All-New Recipes.

It’s meant to be made with milk and cream of course, but I just got turned on to this insanely delicious new Almond Nogg from So Fresh. I think I might actually like it more than regular nog, as it’s lighter. The boy also finished off the first bottle I had, forcing me to go out and buy some more.

And I thought, what could be better than rice pudding made with eggnog this time of the year? I subbed out the milk and cream for the eggnog, and a star was born.

PS, the Almond Nogg is mighty fine when you mix it with Bailey’s (who is now selling a dairy-free, though not vegan version of their classic Irish Liquor).

vegan eggnog rice pudding

Eggnog Rice Pudding #Vegan

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup short grain rice, like sushi rice or aborio
  • 1/4 cup sugar (I used coconut sugar)
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • pinch of salt
  • 4 cups So Fresh Almond Nogg
  • 2 tbsp vegan butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp freshly grated nutmeg

Method

  1. Combine all the ingredients in the bowl of your slow cooker. Stir well, then cover and cook on low for about 2 hours, until the pudding has thickened, and the rice is cooked through. I like to leave mine a little loose, as the pudding thickens as it cools.
  2. Serve warm with additional gratings of fresh nutmeg.
« Older Entries