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Too busy to bake? Slow cooker saves

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Day 18

Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year, but it’s also the busiest. Home-cooked sweets are often swapped out for supermarket desserts, but these slow cooker recipes will give the taste of home with half the effort.

Cookies and Cream Fudge by htps://www.tamingtwins.com/cookies-and-cream-slow-cooker-fudge/

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Swap out Santa’s cookies for this festive fudge.

Ingredients (36 servings):

  • 400 grams white chocolate
  • 397 gram tin Carnation condensed milk
  • 130 grams cookies

Method:

  • Break the chocolate into chunks and add into the slow cooker, alongside the condensed milk.
  • Cook on LOW for 40 minutes, remembering to stir every 10 minutes.
  • Break half the cookies into small chunks, and stir into the mix.
  • Pour into a lined pan and smooth the top.
  • Break the remaining cookies into pieces and press into the top of the pan.
  • Refrigerate overnight and cut into servings.

Chocolate Orange Brownies adapted from the recipe by https://www.lecremedelacrumb.com/slow-cooker-brownies/

Image credit: lecremedelacrumb.com

What’s Christmas without chocolate?

Ingredients (12 servings):

  • 160 grams flour
  • 25 grams cocoa powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 115 grams butter
  • 200 grams sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 250 grams semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 Terry’s chocolate orange

Method:

  • Use tinfoil to create a lining around the edge of inside the slow cooker. This is to prevent your brownies burning at the sides.
  • Then spray the whole inside with non-stick spray and place parchment paper inside the tinfoil ring, at the bottom of the slow cooker.
  • Whisk together the flour, cocoa, baking powder, and salt in a small bowl.
  • Melt the butter and chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl, pausing to stir every 30 seconds until melted and smooth. Leave half the chocolate orange for now.
  • Add sugar to the melted mixture and stir to combine before adding the eggs and vanilla. Stir until smooth.
  • Break up the remaining chocolate orange into small pieces. Add this and the flour mixture to the microwave bowl and mix until just combined.
  • Add the batter to the slow cooker. Cover and cook on LOW for 3 hours.
  • Uncover the slow cooker and turn it off, allowing the brownies to cool inside for 1 hour.
  • Remove by lifting the parchment paper and cut into servings once cooled completely.

Apple Crisp by https://kristineskitchenblog.com/slow-cooker-apple-crisp/

Image credit: kristineskitchenblog.com

An all-round crowd pleaser, and cooking-easer too!

Ingredients (8 servings):

For the apple mixture:

  • 8 Granny Smith apples (peeled, cored, and cut into slices)
  • 110 grams light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • Pinch of salt

For the crisp topping:

  • 90 grams oats
  • 90 grams whole wheat flour
  • 55 grams light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Pinch of salt
  • 115 grams butter

Method:

Making the apple mixture:

  • Place apple slices in the slow cooker, alongside brown sugar, granulated sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Stir through with a wooden spoon.

Make the crisp topping:

  • Combine the oats, flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt in a large bowl.
  • Work the butter into the oat mixture using your fingertips until it clumps together.
  • Stir the apple mixture once more and spread apples into an even layer before sprinkling on the crisp topping.

Cooking the apple crisp:

  • Cook on high for 2 hours until apples are soft.
  • Turn off slow cooker and let stand for at least 30 minutes before serving.

These recipes are the perfect way to save time and not to mention oven space this Christmas. Enjoy your family favourites without the fuss this year.

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