Lately it has been too hot to bake. I just don’t want to overtax my air conditioner when it’s already running 24/7. So how can a delicious dessert be made if you are not able to bake. You can try something on the stove, some pudding would work, chocolate mousse if you don’t mind the texture, maybe some poached fruit with ice cream would be okay too, or use a different appliance, like the crock pot. It’s not just for stew you know.
I use my crock pot to make dulce de leche. Instead of having to replenish water all of the time on the stove method of boiling the cans for about 4 hours, I set the cans in the crock pot and cover them with at least 1 inch of water put the lid on and turn it on high. I set it up at night before I go to bed and when I wake I have dulce de leche. It’s so simple.
I thought I would try to make bread pudding in the crock pot, because being a custard it needs to cook low and slow. Perfect for this appliance. I think I will try some cobblers, grunts and crisps, although with the steam the tops are not going to brown like normal; lack of maillard reaction (browning) will make it less appetizing and will have to be addressed. There was a slight problem with this in the bread pudding, but not as noticeable as it would be in the crisp, as the consistency of bread pudding is usually prized for being soft and creamy not crispy on top. I may have to bring the toaster oven into play on that day, not as much radiant heat coming from that as there is from the oven. If you have any ideas leave a comment.
Another nice thing about bread puddings is that it uses up stale bread, buns, even doughnuts if you happen to be Paula Deen. Although at one of my jobs they used cake donuts to make a bread pudding that was delicious. Also, you can use your favorite fruit if you are of a mind, even chocolate chips, dried fruit of choice, and my favorite nuts especially coconut. I decided to use some fresh pineapple that was not being appreciated alone.
One last note, a topping, icing or drizzle is also something you may consider. I drizzled a rum caramel sauce over mine, but feel free to experiment with different combinations:
Cinnamon Roll/Caramel Icing
Dried Cherry/Amaretto Glaze
Grape and Raisin/Port wine zabayon
Okay enough of my ideas come up with some of your own.
3 eggs, beaten
3 1/2 cups milk ( I used a combination of half and half and heavy cream)
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 to 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 cups bread cubes or soft torn bread
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup sliced pineapple
- Combine wet ingredients, whisking until eggs are incorporated.
- Add in the brown sugar, cinnamon and salt.
- Pour over bread cubes, and add fruit.
- Mix until all bread is moistened.
- Cook on HIGH for 3 to 4 hours, or until a knife inserted in center comes out clean. In the first 2 hours I stirred the stuff from the outside of the crock pot into the center to help it cook faster and more evenly.
- Drizzle with caramel sauce or your choice of icing if any.
Bread pudding recipe shared by Ness ( changed by Stephanie)
I’m a wife, mother, pastry chef and amatuer gardner. I travel as much as possible, can what I grow, and taste as many new things as possible.