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Using the slow cooker

Jan 19, 2011 11:46PM ● By Ashley West


OK, that's not a huge confession. It's not like slow cookers (also referred to by a brand name, Crockpots) are vital appliances in kitchens. (Though, for the record, I also don't currently own a microwave.) I had a basic model that I bought during college and completely wore out. Even after I lost the top to it, I continued to use it by wrapping foil over the top. However, when I moved to the Annapolis area, I figured it was time to throw it out. I have a new, programmable model on my wedding registry that I think will make using it a lot easier.

However, when I did have a slow cooker, I had a very favorite recipe that I used whenever I need a delicious dessert. It's technically a Weight Watchers recipe, but it's so good that you might not believe that. It's a recipe for cherry cobbler, though I've made an apple version. I bet any type of fruit pie filling would work in its place. Served with a bit of vanilla ice cream, this is a delicious dessert that is almost entirely hands-off when making.

Cherry Cobbler

1 can (21 oz.) cherry pie filling
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup margarine or butter, melted
1/2 cup milk
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. almond extract
1/4 tsp. salt

Spray inside of your slow cooker with cooking spray. Pour pie filling into cooker. Beat remaining ingredients with spoon until smooth. Spread batter over pie filling. Cover and cook on high for 1.5 to 2 hours or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.