Monday, November 29, 2010

Honey Wheat Bread

Bread is something you can make in the crock I will be posting bread recipes for the next couple of posts...Hope you enjoy!

Honey Wheat Bread

2 c. warm skim milk
2 tbsp. vegetable oil
2 tbsp. honey
2 tbsp. molasses
3/4 tsp. salt
1 pkg. active dry yeast
3 c. whole wheat flour
3/4 c. bran
1/4 c. wheat germ

Preheat crock pot on high setting for 30 minutes. Combine warm (not hot) milk, oil, honey, molasses, salt, yeast and half the flour in a bowl. With electric mixer, beat well for about 2 minutes. Add remaining flour; mix well. Place dough in well-greased baking pan (loaf pan); cover, bake on HIGH for 3 hours.

**don't forget...when making bread in the crock pot, you want to take about 8 paper towels and place them over the crock pot opening and then place the lid on the crock pot...this will keep the condensation from making your bread wet...

Happy Slow Cooking! Enjoy...

Friday, November 26, 2010

Baking Bread in the Crock Pot tips

I've had a few people ask about making bread in the crock pot, so I thought I would share these tips to help you out...If you remember these tips, you'll have wonderful bread...from the crock pot...

  1. Save your coffee cans, canned vegetable cans, use the loaf pan you all ready have, etc. Any 1, 2 or 3 pound coffee or nut can or any metal mold that holds 4, 8 or 12 cups. (copper gelatin molds, baking pans, etc.) can be used...
  2. Grease insert or can with solid vegetable shortening.
  3. Only half fill the insert or can. This allows for rising.
  4. Heat needs to be able to circulate around the insert. If a baking rack isn't available, crumple up enough aluminum foil to raise the can about an inch from the bottom of the crockpot.
  5. If there is not lid, cover the can with a double thickness of paper towels.(about 8 paper towels)
  6. Place lid on crockpot for baking...the lid will hold the paper towels in place.
  7. Generally, baking is done on high heat, but you should follow the recipe instructions.
  8. Only lift lid to check for doneness. (usually in the last hour) Lifting the lid too often will let necessary heat escape.
  9. Use pot holders or folded paper towels to remove can or insert from crock pot.
I hope these tips will help you make wonderful breads and cakes in your crock pot...

Happy Slow Cooking! Enjoy!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Leftover Turkey Soup

What do you do with the leftover turkey...turn it into turkey soup...this is another recipe I haven't tried, but I came across the recipe and thought I might try it this year...

Leftover Turkey Soup

1 pound ground turkey or chopped cooked turkey
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon oregano
1/4 teaspoon basil
3 teaspoons beef bouillon
3 cups boiling water
1 cup tomato sauce
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 cup diced celery
1 cup diced carrots
1 large diced onion
1 cup diced green pepper
1 cup fresh mushrooms

Add all ingredients except mushrooms to crockpot. Cover; cook on low for 6 to 8 hours. Add mushrooms and turn heat to high for 10 to 15 minutes.

Happy Slow Cooking and Enjoy...Hugs...

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Hot Holiday Punch

The holidays are a coming...and coming fast they just like last year, I thought I would post some holiday recipes...

This is one I've not tried, but it the ingredients sounded wonderful together, so I thought I would post the recipe...

Hot Holiday Punch

3 cups apple juice
3 cups orange juice
6 cups cranberry juice cocktail
3/4 cup maple syrup
2 teaspoons powdered sugar
1 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon ground cloves
3/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
cinnamon sticks

Combine all the ingredients in crock pot, except the cinnamon sticks. Cook on HIGH for about 3 want the mixture to be boiling...then turn your crock pot down to WARM. Serve this recipe hot in mugs and place a cinnamon stick in each mug.

If your crock pot only has High and Low...then you will want to turn your crock pot and serve your punch can always plug it back in and put it on LOW to heat it up if it starts getting cold. Crock pots will keep items hot for quite awhile if you keep the lid on...Enjoy...

Happy Slow Cooking...Enjoy! Hugs...

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Taco Soup

Cold weather is a coming, so it's time to get the crock pot out...grin...okay, so keeping the crock pot out all year round is the best thing to do... I love making soups in the winter. The house smells so wonderful, the hot soup warms you up...and making soup in the crock pot is soo easy...So here's a favorite around here...

Taco Soup
  • 1 to 1 1/2 lbs burger
  • 1 med onion chopped
  • 2 tbsp. oil
  • 1 can corn-undrained
  • 1 can black beans-undrained
  • 1 can kidney beans-udrained
  • 2 cans chopped tomatoes with chiles
  • 1 can tomato sauce (regular size)
  • 1 envelope taco seasoning
  • nachos
  • shredded cheddar cheese
Add chopped onion to hot oil in fry pan. Cook until tender; add ground meat and cook until no longer pink. Drain well and transfer to crockpot. Add corn, black beans, kidney beans, tomatoes, tomato sauce, and taco seasoning; stir well. Cook on LOW 4 to 6 hours. When serving, top soup with broken taco chips and shredded cheddar cheese. Enjoy!!!
Serves 6 to 8.

Happy Slow Cooking! Enjoy....Hugs...