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!