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May 12, 2013

Bakers, keep you kitchens cool this summer with these slow-cooked treats

Tonawanda News — We all have busy lives. Between working, taking care of our families, or simply taking care of ourselves by making sure we put balanced meals on the table, it’s hard to plan a dessert that is easy to make, requires little cleanup and can complement more than one meal. That’s where the slow cooker comes in.

Here I’ve compiled some delicious slow-cooker dessert recipes, many from my blog Crockpot Ninja — CrockpotNinja.com — that will satisfy the sweet tooth and be a hit with families, coworkers, and neighbors. Most of the recipes make several servings and keep very well in the refrigerator, so one dessert can last for several days — eliminating the need to rush out for a pint of ice cream, a frozen pie or some other store-bought confection.

The recipes below are from my new book “Slow Cooker Desserts,” which includes slow cooker recipes for fruit desserts, puddings, brownies, cakes and cobblers. Whatever your hankering, there’s a recipe here to satisfy and delight. All of the recipes have been tested, tasted and approved — and are easy to make in your slow cooker. Desserts generally taste best and make the most attractive presentation when fresh ingredients are used.

Sometimes, however, time is limited, so I’ve offered alternatives where possible. There is an “Emergency Desserts” chapter, including the recipe below for German chocolate cake, for when you need to just throw something in the slow cooker and go.  

Equipment

Slow cookers come in different sizes and shapes. You can find them from 4-quart to 8-quart capacity, either round or oval. All of the recipes in this book were tested in a 6-quart round slow cooker.

Corningware or other baking dish

Sometimes recipes call for these when a cake or pudding requires a water bath in order to remain moist. A 5- to 7-inch dish should fit in the 6-quart slow cooker.

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