This week it was hot. The temp outside was 92.5 degrees. As I was typing this, I was sitting directly in front of my fan, cold drink very close by, trying not to touch my computer too much because it was as hot as a heating blanket. Even the kitties were sleeping spread out so as not to touch themselves. Poor babies.
Too much fur to be curled up on a day this hot
Thankfully, the rain came through and cooled everything down. However, my problem this week was that during this heat wave I had an incredible itch to bake something. I had completed my weekend of 6 dozen cookies, and I wanted to try something else. Pie had been next on my list of desserts to make, but I desperately did not want to use my oven. What could I do?
Boyf suggested a no-bake dessert. Usually in my experience, no bake is either something you make with pre-packaged ingredients that you just put together (no thank you, preservatives), or a dish made with cream cheese or cream (we all know how I feel about cream). Also, a lot of vegan no-bake desserts I see are not really desserts at all; they are “healthy” cookies made with dates, dried fruit, or oats, and don’t always satisfy that dessert craving.
Thus began my online research for no-bake desserts. I didn’t see anything too interesting.
And then it hit me.
I have an entire cookbook of just slow cooker recipes, and it has a dessert section! It actually is Crock Pot’s recipe book…now with “Splash proof pages!” I also just happened to have a bag of frozen mixed berries that was rapidly getting freezer burned. How fortuitous! I decided to make a mixed berry cobbler…in the crock pot! My first crock pot dessert ever! And it was vegan!
I love my slow cooker, but sadly it doesn’t get that much use. I’ve made a few things in there, but the problem I have with the slow cooker is that you have to plan in advance to cook in it-you need at least 6 hours for something to cook, and I can’t think that far ahead. Usually boyf and I figure out dinner an hour before we are ready to eat.
The other issue I have with the slow cooker is that I KNOW everything made in there produces a weird smell. Boyf tells me I’m nuts and that I’m just traumatized from all those times growing up when my mom made weird beef stew in her slow cooker. But I KNOW it to be to true. I was nervous that whatever I made would have that same odor.
Anyhoo, I was determined to make something, and the cobbler sounded like a good idea. Setting up the ingredients was not difficult at all. I mixed the berries with corn starch (I didn’t have tapioca like the recipe required, but read online that corn starch would be a good replacement), sugar, and lemon zest, and put that all in the slow cooker. Then I mixed flour, brown sugar, baking powder, coconut milk, and melted butter, and put that in scoops on top of the berries. Then, (and here’s the best part) I set it on low, and left the kitchen!
3 binge-watching episodes of Scandal, here I come!
I wasn’t sure how it was going to come out. Would the cobbler topping get that same crispy, flaky, melt in your mouth texture you would get if it was baked in the oven? What would the consistency of the berries be like? One thing I knew (and it’s my rule of thumb…or rather, tongue): if the batter tastes good, the product should taste good! The batter was so good I was literally licking the bowl clean. So I was hopeful.
4 hours later…
It ain’t pretty, but it sure tastes good!
It wasn’t the prettiest thing I had ever made. The dough topping looked a little dry and rubbery, and was thicker than I thought it was going to be. It took up most of the slow cooker. The dough didn’t get brown like it would have in the oven, but the taste of the dough was pretty good. It wasn’t that sweet (there was only brown sugar in the dough, not white sugar), but it went well with the berries. The berries were (to quote Guy Fieri) MONEY. Sweet but not too sweet, soft and smooth, but not too much liquid. It probably would have been amazing with a scoop of ice cream, but all in all I would say pretty successful for my first slow cooker dessert.
Have you ever made any dessert in your slow cooker?