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Slow Cooker Dessert 5 
Jul. 23, 2013 10:17 pm 
Updated: Jul. 30, 2013 4:47 am
Bread pudding seemed to be on the lips of some of you folks, so that's where I headed this time.  Starting here at A/R, I began my search for a "diet friendly" recipe, but I found myself wandering about the web before I had chosen "the one...."  well I narrowed it down to three recipes, actually, none of which were "slow cooker" recipes, but I decided that I could figure out that issue!

Two of my three recipes called for whole wheat bread, which to my uneducated mind sounded "healthy."  I was also attracted to the lack of refined (white) sugar, but wasn't sure about the actual benefit of a sugar substitute (like SPLENDA.) 

As often happens in the crazykitchen, I did not feel like running to the store to buy "hearty whole wheat bread," so out came the bread machine, and much to my surprise, I happened to have enough whole wheat flour to make a large loaf. 

Step two, was to let the bread go stale, before making the pudding, so I left what I thought would be an adequate amount on a baking sheet in the oven - for about 2 days, I guess!  When I went to cut it into cubes, it was extremely tough, it was so dry!

Next  came the making of the pudding, which went rather smoothly, and surprised me that it cooked pretty much as I had expected.  I preheated the slow cooker for about 10 mins, while I assembled the ingredients, and dumped everything into the cooker.  Leaving the heat at HI setting for about an hour, I checked, and turned it down to low.  Two hours later, I checked again, removed the top, and shut off the cooker, leaving it all to cool.  As it did, the moisture evaporated, making what I presume the finished product should be... moist, but not wet.

Tonight, I served the dessert for the first time, and I must say it was very good, especially with the homemade butter pecan ice cream I added as a finishing touch.  I guess I took what might actually be a relatively healthy dessert, and totally wrecked it, by adding an additional 300 calories to it!  I must confess that bread pudding has never been one of my "fav" sweets, but hey, I'm game for just about anything - once in a while, at least!

Should you be interested, I can share recipes, but as of now, I will have to type each/all out...  or, I could scan/save and attach to an email....  Regardless, I will be happy to share, if you're interested!

Meantime, be well, cook crazy!

Jul. 24, 2013 2:38 am
hey stevie this sounds so good, i have just looked at the other tasty things you have been cooking they all sound so good....and the crock pot makes it perfect, i will be trying some of your finds...great job as well friend...judy
Jul. 24, 2013 5:37 am
I'm practicing on ice creams this summer since the DH got the ice cream attachment for my KA. I'd be interested in any tips on making better ice cream. The last batch had lots of crystals in it. And no I'm not making low cal ice cream ;)
Jul. 24, 2013 10:00 am
Sounds like you have a winner. I have never made homemade ice cream in an ice cream maker. I did make some in a bag which was yummy.
Jul. 24, 2013 10:39 am
Cat,I didn't think to even look at the attachment for the KA! The Cuisinart makes ice cream in 20 mins (if you like it real soft.) I'm no pro, trust! Good luck and keep me posted - you may teach me a thing or two!
Jul. 24, 2013 10:43 am
Lela, ice cream in a bag? Interesting! Maybe I should put away the slow cooker, and eat ice cream every day! Be well!
Jul. 24, 2013 10:47 am
Judy, soo good to hear from you! Glad to know you're ok! Just read your email - will answer it next! Hope you enjoy the recipes some! Be well, friend!
Jul. 24, 2013 5:33 pm
Yum! Butter pecan ice cream is just as good as caramel sauce I my book! I never thought of using whole wheat bread and now I'm smacking myself on the head because it is a natural!
Jul. 24, 2013 8:34 pm
BSM, I'm having trouble keeping the "dessert" on hand! Not sure if it's the pudding, or the ice cream... I have a recipe to send you, for sure! Hope that you're well, and crazy!
Jul. 29, 2013 5:32 pm
Stevie, sounds wonderful, never had bread pudding. When I could eat dairy, my fav. ice cream was butter pecan, with maple walnut a close second. Now it's lactose free vanilla ice cream.:(
Jul. 29, 2013 9:54 pm
manella, guess I'd best be happy that I have no food allergies etc. and eat pretty much what I feel like! Helps when "crazycook" goes NUTS in the kitchen.... Be well!
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About Me
Started cooking many years ago, and learned as I went. First meal may have been "steak & chips" at age 15, in Birmingham England, where I lived for several years. Mostly grew up in MI, transplanted to the desert 30yrs ago, or so. Favorite cookbook is "Better Homes", also enjoy "Great British Cooking, a well kept secret." Hesitate to call myself "expert," but friends do rave...
My favorite things to cook
Italian has been my "specialty" for some time, and my "signature" meal is Lasagne, salad, garlic bread, which I first made 20yrs ago... from SCRATCH, very first time I made it. (Never again, folks...) Now start with a big jar of sauce!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Thanks to my heritage, I have enjoyed trying foods from different cultures. We still have beer battered fish, and chips of course; ground meat dishes often, chicken occasionally, pork too. I would love to submit a bean dip recipe, however, my ex who gave me the original has passed, and I have no way to verify that it didn't come from another source! I also enjoy British cooking (with a few yankee twists) and once made Plum puddings, also known as Christmas puddings, as far as I know... what an ordeal that was, but well worth the effort. Today, there is mail order!
My cooking triumphs
Greatest triumph was not too long ago, when I held a sit down dinner for 12, Lasagne being the entree. It was a fund raiser I chose to sponsor, and am proud to say that "we" raised over $1000 from that meal alone, minimum donation being $25. All proceeds collected were donated; my partner and I provided the meal and beverages.
My cooking tragedies
MEATLOAF of all things! Went through a stage of "winging" it each time, and I pulled one after another out of the oven that were almost unedible. As yet, not too big on baking... no sweet tooth here! Have dabbled, but find doughs/pastries especially difficult, perhaps as it's 90 degrees in my kitchen much of the year.
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