Friday, 22 September 2017

Baking in the Slow Cooker


I only usually bake for the weekends as we all try to eat reasonably healthy during the week, tonight we are having omelette and salad for tea so the oven would not be switched on and I didn't want to use it just for a cake. So I thought I would try baking in the slow cooker.

I picked a very simple recipe.

It uses cup measures but easy to convert to oz or grams, I actually prefer using these little cups less faffing about.

Cinnamon Banana Bread

1/4 cup butter melted
3 bananas ( mashed)
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1 1/2 cups of self raising flour
1 large egg
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 tsp cinnamon
Pinch of salt


In a bowl mix the bananas, butter, sugar and egg.
Mix the bicarb, salt and cinnamon into the flour and then mix into the wet ingredients.

I used a cake liner inside the slow cooker, the recipe said to cook for 3 hours on low but I cooked on high for an hour and 20 mins.




The verdict - It was perfectly edible, good results, I thought the top may have gone soggy if the condensation from the lid dripped on it but there was no condensation. 
So would I use it again for baking - yes, but will only do this when I am not using the oven for cooking tea as when I use the oven I like to make use of the shelves.



Anyone else tried a slow cooker cake?


34 comments:

  1. I would have never thought of baking in the slow cooker before but I'm tempted to give it a try now. I have an electric oven which can heat up a little bit unevenly at times. Thanks for the idea Marlene. X

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  2. Nope, never made a cake in the slow cooker before. I fancy trying it as well, I want to start using my slow cooker more, especially since my oven is playing up. Thanks.

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    1. Sorry to hear about your oven, yes I need to use it more to save on electricity in the winter months.

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  3. I've only ever cooked meat in mine or veg if a casserole. Keep meaning to try jacket potatoes though as they're apparently OK done in the slow cooker. That cake looks yummy!👍🍰

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    1. I have heard about jacket potatoes I shall try them soon, you can even make jam in them apparently.

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  4. I may just have to try that, I bake in my combi oven if the big oven isn't needed butthe slow cooker would be even more economical.

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    1. I would use a smaller oven if I had the room for one, but yes the slow cooker is very economical.

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  5. Thank you for sharing this. It's something I've been thinking about but not done as I was worried it was a gimmick, but obviously not. It looks a very good texture and colour, and I'm sure is delicious.

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    1. I only did a very basic cake as I didn't want to waste expensive ingredients if it didn't work out, but luckily it worked.

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  6. Even I might try that, says she who is trying not to eat cake. I make yogurt in my slow cooker.

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    1. Would love to see how you make the yogurt Ilona.

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  7. I have never used my slow cooker for baking, but I am now thinking I should give it a try.

    God bless.

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    1. There is so much you can do with them Jackie, worth experimenting.

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  8. We alternate between the slow cooker and the pressure cooker - pretty much exactly the same type of food gets cooked in each

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    1. I used to have a pressure cooker many years ago, a good piece of equipment.

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  9. Never tried it Marlene but I think maybe I will now.
    Thanks for the idea.
    Hugs-x-

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  10. My daughter uses the slow cooker for cake all the time. I tend to use the oven when it is on anyway.

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  11. Have you tried a microwave sponge. I make a small 1 egg one and it really is plenty big enough for three people.... 1 egg, 2oz butter, 2oz sugar and 20z SR flour. I add a large pinch of baking powder. .. Mix it all together and microwave for two minutes. I have never iced one but it makes a gorgeous fluffy sponge.

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    1. No I haven't I have heard it mentioned and that it is good.

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  12. Oh dear, Marlene, seeing your cake makes me wish I'd not parted with my slow cooker! But while I consider myself a fairly proficient cook, everything from the slow cooker came out tasting the same, whether it was chicken, beef or lamb. Indeed, we didn't care for the taste at all, and as I'm retired I suddenly thought, this is silly, when I have a decent oven and I can cook my meals in that. So I parted with it to a charity shop, along with the slow cookery books, too. Perhaps someone will have better luck than I! I wonder if anyone else has given up on slow cookers or was I just not very good at using one? I did read the instructions, I did follow recipes, but as I say, the taste wasn't as good as cooked on the hob or in the circotherm oven.
    Margaret P

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    1. Well I guess we are all different, it's what suits you best, but I cook a range of different things and they have been fine.

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  13. Clicking on Reply to your comment does not work for me.

    https://meanqueen-lifeaftermoney.blogspot.co.uk/2012/02/home-made-yogurt-anyone.html

    Many variations of this on youtube

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    1. Oh dear not sure why? Thankyou for replying through here anyway. I shall have a look.
      Thankyou Ilona.

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