S’mores Chocolate Lava Toffee Cake

S’mores Chocolate Lava Toffee Cake

S’mores Chocolate Lava Toffee Cake from the Slow-Cooker Cake – a sweet chocolate treat

I love using my slow cooker – soups, stews, pulled pork, potatoes, chili, roast beef, chicken….. well I’m sure you do too.  Why?  Because it saves me TIME.  What’s the one thing that people say on a Monday morning when you ask “how was your weekend?”  Always, always – “it was too short!” So in addition to finding ways to make delicious pies and pastry – I’m searching for easy and quick recipes for you to make delicious desserts.

On Labor Day weekend I made an amazing BBQ Pulled Pork.  So following on that success, I’ve been researching recipes and wondering what other wonderful things I could use it for?  I got my answer earlier this week from hubby Mark, who advised me that when he returned home to our RV last Monday the propane tanks were empty.  Apparently all of the baking I’ve been doing in our little oven in the RV takes a ton of gas!  Who knew?

Using a slow-cooker to make squares or bake a pudding or cake, it’s just not a connection I make when thinking about creating a dessert.

But after making this amazing S’mores Chocolate Lava Toffee Cake, the slow-cooker has moved to the top of my list for baking delicious Sweet Treats.

Now there are some good examples of how to line your slow cooker with foil, to make a pan like form so that you can lift the cake out of the slow cooker when it is done.  I’ve put a link here for you.  I take a different approach and use an actual foil baking pan – a round one, it so easy to use and fits my slow cooker perfectly (put the size of the pot here).  We want this to be as quick and easy for you as possible!

You can buy both the slow cooker and foil baking pans at the Store  – which lists all of my Baking Equipment Favorites.

Ingredients:

First layer

1 cup packed brown sugar

1 cup flour

3 tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powderGooey S'mores Chocolate Fudge Slow Cooker Cake with Caramel Sauce

2 tsp. baking powder

½ tsp. salt

½ cup milk

2 tbsp. melted butter

1 tsp. vanilla

Second layer:

2 Heath Bars – crushed

¾ cup packed brown sugar

¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1 ¾ cup boiling water

Garnish:

Salted Caramel Sauce

Vanilla ice cream

 

Mix together 1 cup brown sugar, flour, 3 tbsp. cocoa, baking powder and salt for the first layer.

Stir in milk, butter and vanilla.

Spread over the bottom of your foil lined slow cooker or in the foil baking pan.

Sprinkle crushed heath bars on top

Mix the second layer of ¾ cup brown sugar and ¼ cup cocoa and sprinkle this over the mixture in your slow cooker.

Pour boiling water over it all – do not stir

Cover and cook on High for 2-3 hours depending on your slow cooker.  This is tricky.  I set mine for 2.5 hours, but when I checked at 2 hours, the cake was done.

Cake is done when a toothpick comes out clean.

Serve with salted caramel sauce and vanilla ice cream.  This cake is so rich and chocolaty, it won’t last long!

Enjoy!

S'mores Chocolate Fudge Slow Cooker Cake serving

 

 

Blueberry, Pear & Walnut Galette with Almond Caramel Sauce

Blueberry, Pear & Walnut Galette with Almond Caramel Sauce

Blueberry, Pear & Walnut Galette with Almond Caramel Sauce.

This yummy combination of sweets will make your taste buds sing!  And it’s so quick to put together, the only waiting time is while it bakes.   And of course I’m now on the lookout for recipes that are not only sweet treats, but also ones that I can make in our RV gas oven!  A few weeks ago I shared that I had finally cracked the code on how to get the darn thing to light – and this week, voila!  The pilot light lit the first time.

I’ve been experimenting too with different types of frozen puff pastry – the best I’ve found so far are the ones that are rolled up and already on parchment paper.  That’s just too easy isn’t it?

galette

A galette is a free formed pie, so to speak, and originates in France, hence the name.  In addition to dessert galettes, savory types are very popular too, and usually include lots of delicious cheese, vegetables and often meat.  Like a free-formed quiche perhaps?  And instead of using a pie plate, it bakes on a cookie sheet.  Easy as Pie!

pear galette

For this recipe I used Bosc pears, blueberries, chopped walnuts, and brown sugar….well the recipe is below.  And my secret sauce?  A very easy version of caramel sauce that includes Amaretto the almond flavoured liqueur – you know the Italian kind?  The recipe for the caramel sauce is here.

 

The baking time and temps are for a regular household oven – but I did include the baking time and temp for my RV friends – just in case they want to try it too!

Ingredients:

1 roll of frozen puff pastry – your favorite kind
2 bosc pears, peeled and sliced thinly
1/4 cup dark brown sugar
4 tsp. cornstarch
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. ginger
1/4 cup blueberries
1/4 cup finely chopped walnuts
1 egg – beaten

 

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 400F (or whatever temp the puff pastry instructions include)
Thaw the puff pastry, and place it on a cookie sheet (use the parchment paper it comes with)
Mix the brown sugar, cornstarch, nutmeg and ginger together
Toss the pears and walnuts in the sugar mixture until well coated
Arrange the pear slices in a circle – layering them evenly
Place the blueberries here and there over the pears to space them out
Fold over the puff pastry as shown in the photos, the more uneven it looks, the better!
Brush the puff pastry with the beaten egg
Place in the bottom third of the oven and bake for 40 minutes or until the puff pastry is golden
Remove and let cool for a few minutes before you move it onto a rack

Enjoy!

RV Ovens: Warm your oven for about 5 minutes at 400F, turning the temp down to 350F when you put the galette in the oven. I bake with the rack on top of the fixed shelf and then during the last 10 minutes moved the entire pan to the floor of the oven. This browns the pastry nicely, just don’t go anywhere while you are baking. Baking with an RV Oven takes extra time, but is definitely worth it!

Have you tried to make a galette?  Let me know in the comments below!

Triple Flavor Homemade Hamburgers

Triple Flavor Homemade Hamburgers

A great burger recipe!

My husband Mark and I are embarking on new journey – to become full time RV’ers by next summer.  Actually Mark is full time and I am working for one more year.  It will all go by so fast.  So our first blog is a great hamburger recipe and one that Mark created just this past weekend.  So I’ll let him tell it… 

burgers on the grill

The essence of this recipe is the combination of meats that will triple the flavour and juicy tenderness that we all love in a good burger. When choosing ground beef, I use lean or medium cuts — you need a little fat to make the burgers tender.  In addition to the ground beef, I included turkey and pork.  Three  500 gram/1 lb. packages will yield eight well sized burgers.

I don’t measure ingredients, so I have listed them by name only. The fun part about cooking is experimenting with flavours and amounts until you get the “yummmm” factor. (Note: Mark cooks by taste and touch – so I’ve added the measurements to this recipe)

Into a large bowl, combine the meat (s) until they are thoroughly mixed. Using a potato masher helps the process.

Add the following spices to taste: *

1 tbsp each of Salt, pepper, Worcestershire sauce, garlic salt, herbs de provence (rosemary, marjoram, thyme and savory)

3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

1 tbsp So Hot Red Romp Sauce – adjust to taste (depends on hot you like your food!)

1 package of mushrooms finely chopped

½ chopped sweet onion

Mix everything together and shape into patties

Best BBQ Sauce

Make sure your barbeque grill is smoking hot. You won’t have to worry about burning the burgers because the combination of meats prevents this from happening. Grill until almost done, then add Best BBQ Sauce and cook until the sauce is caramelized.

We dressed these amazing Triple Flavor Homemade Hamburgers with heirloom tomatoes, garlic dill pickles, and our favorite condiments!

All served on fresh crusty buns or kaiser rolls with a favourite salad.  Voila! an instant feast.

**This sauce is made by two former neighbours, Sabrina and Diane in Bowmanville, ON, Canada. The base for the sauce is Jamaican scotch bonnet peppers with black and yellow mustard seeds. I will warn you that if you’re not familiar with scotch bonnet peppers you can substitute tabasco or any other hot sauce.  You can find it at www.sohotsauce.com

#BestBBQSauce, #hamburgers, #heirloomtomatoes, #homemadehamburgers, #hotsauce #scotchbonnetpeppers #sohotsauce, #three-meat hamburgers

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How You Can Make the Best Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Recipe | The Easiest BBQ Ever!

How You Can Make the Best Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Recipe | The Easiest BBQ Ever!

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Shoulder

This is the best slow cooker pulled pork shoulder recipe ever with homemade BBQ sauce! Add some coleslaw, corn on the cob and dessert to complete this easy meal.

This slow cooker pulled pork shoulder recipe is so perfect you can serve it all year long!  No need to wait for BBQ season and summer weather! Sounds awesome right?

You can still serve your family and friends the best food ever!  And the best part is, it’s so easy, you really do just prep the meat, set the slow cooker, and walk away and HAVE SOME FUN!

This is the best slow cooker pulled pork shoulder recipe ever with homemade BBQ sauce! Add some coleslaw, corn on the cob and dessert to complete this easy meal.

This is when you get out the slow cooker, throw in a pork butt or pork shoulder, some water or ginger ale, your own personal spices and let it cook….slowly….until you have pork that melts in your mouth, shreds easily and becomes the best pulled pork sandwich anywhere!  Are you with me?

Then let’s make Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Shoulder for your Weekend BBQ!

This is the best slow cooker pulled pork shoulder recipe ever with homemade BBQ sauce! Add some coleslaw, corn on the cob and dessert to complete this easy meal.

 

1 –  3 to 5 lb pork shoulder (depends on the size of your crowd)

2 cups of water

Salt and pepper

3-4 whole cloves

2 chopped cooking onions

2 pints of Best Homemade BBQ Sauce (see the recipe here!)

 

Season the pork shoulder with salt and pepper, and add to the slow cooker with the water, onions and garlic.

Set the slow cooker setting to low – 8 hours

Go outside and play! Seriously! Enjoy your guests, or the day and be mindful of the pleasure you are feeling in getting this amazing meal ready. 

Once pork is cooked, drain the pork shoulder

Put it back in the slow cooker pot, and using forks pull it apart, shredding all of the meat

Stir in my Best Homemade BBQ sauce

Turn it on high and let it cook for 1-2 hours

Go and relax with a good book – or have a nap!

pulled pork

 

Dinner is ready –

Place large servings of pulled pork on your favorite crusty roll, ciabatta bun, sourdough rolls (please checkout Northwest Sourdough and learn to make your own!) , add a big scoop of Creamy Coleslaw either on the sandwich or on the side – that’s a personal choice!  Round this out with fresh corn on the cob and you have Labor Day Feast!

Enjoy…..and let me know how you make your BBQ pulled pork sandwiches!  I love to get comments!

The Best BBQ Pulled Pork from Your Slow Cooker!
Prep Time
20 mins
slow cooker
8 hrs
 
This is the best slow cooker pulled pork shoulder recipe ever with homemade BBQ sauce! Add some coleslaw, corn on the cob and dessert to complete this easy meal.
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: North American
Servings: 10
Calories: 1717 kcal
Author: Judy
Ingredients
  • 1 -  3 to 5 lb pork shoulder depends on the size of your crowd
  • 2 cups water
  • Salt and pepper
  • 3-4 whole cloves
  • 2 onions cooking, chopped
  • 2 pints BBQ Sauce Use our Homemade BBQ Sauce!
Instructions
  1. Season the pork shoulder with salt and pepper, and add to the slow cooker with the water, onions and garlic.
  2. Set the slow cooker setting to low – 8 hours
  3. Go outside and play!
  4. Once pork is cooked, drain the pork shoulder
  5. Put it back in the slow cooker pot, and using forks pull it apart, shredding all of the meat
  6. Stir in Best BBQ sauce
  7. Turn it on high and let it cook for 1-2 hours
Nutrition Facts
The Best BBQ Pulled Pork from Your Slow Cooker!
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1717 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6g 9%
Sodium 9754mg 406%
Potassium 2516mg 72%
Total Carbohydrates 406g 135%
Dietary Fiber 12g 48%
Sugars 323g
Protein 10g 20%
Vitamin A 42.4%
Vitamin C 26.6%
Calcium 37.8%
Iron 36.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Salted Caramel Mousse In Puff Pastry | An Easy and Elegant Dessert!

Salted Caramel Mousse In Puff Pastry | An Easy and Elegant Dessert!

Salted Caramel Mousse in Puff Pastry, drizzled in chocolate and drowning in whipped cream is an easy and elegant dessert that you can make in minutes! #saltedcaramel, #saltedcaramelmousse, #easypuffpastrydesserts, #dessertporn

Salted caramel, chocolate and crunchy toffee in a creamy caramel mousse!   It doesn’t get much better does it?  This recipe is so easy to make, from the puff pastry shells to the delicious creamy mousse.

salted caramel mousse cups in puff pastry

I first made this salted caramel mousse many years ago, first just as a mousse, then as a pie.    The presentation was gorgeous – drizzled chocolate on a modern crystal serving dish, then layering in the mousse.  It was very dramatic!

I’ve modified the recipe since then to make it much easier.  We are all busy and you can fit making this awesome dessert into a very small window of time – you know what I mean!   The salted caramel & chocolate mousse that results is a showstopper that was an even bigger hit with my family & friends this weekend, and of course they all wanted the recipe.  And now you have it too.  I think you will really, really love it.

Salted Caramel Mousse in Puff Pastry, drizzled in chocolate and drowning in whipped cream is an easy and elegant dessert that you can make in minutes!

The puff pastry cups are so easy too.  Only six ingredients – From start to finish this delicious sweet treat took only 30 minutes, with some chilling time in between.

Serves 6

Filling:

1 package of caramel pudding and pie filling

3 cups Milk

6 Heath bars (Skor in Canada) crushed

½ cup chocolate chunks (I use dark chocolate)*

3 cups of frozen whipped cream topping

Dark chocolate  – to melt and drizzle on top

Salted Caramel Mousse in Puff Pastry with chocolate sauce on a plate

Pastry:

1/2 package of frozen puff pastry

Directions:

Cook the caramel pudding, and set it aside to cool.

Blend in the thawed whipped cream topping, 4 of the Heath bars, and chocolate chunks, gentle stirring until it is mostly blended.

Place in refrigerator for two hours

Make the puff pastry shells, according to the package, placing the pastry in muffin cups – I greased them just in case.

Bake according to your package instructions.

Let them cool, then generously fill with the caramel mousse, and you are ready to serve this gorgeous sweet treat!

 

salted caramel mousse cups drizzled with chocolate sauce on a white plate and sprinkles with caramels

 

 

Garnish:

Sprinkle 2 of the crushed Heath Bars, some chocolate chunks and chopped soft vanilla caramels, and coarse salt

Drizzle with melted dark chocolate

Voila!

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Salted caramel, chocolate and crunchy toffee in a creamy caramel mousse! It doesn’t get much better does it? This recipe is so easy to make, from the puff pastry shells to the delicious creamy mousse.

 

Best Homemade BBQ Sauce | The Easiest Recipe!

Best Homemade BBQ Sauce | The Easiest Recipe!

Best Homemade BBQ Sauce.

If you love BBQ Sauce and want flavor that is tangy, flavorful, with just a hint of smoke, then Best Homemade BBQ Sauce is perfect for you!

Okay so I usually blog about pies, pastry and desserts right?  Well, that’s true, but a gal can’t live on pie alone!  So this blog is all about BBQ sauce  – my homemade BBQ sauce, so easy to do, you must try this! Tangy woodsy smoky flavour that just can’t be beat – and will make your BBQ’s the best ticket in town!

If you love BBQ Sauce and want flavor that is tangy, flavorful, with just a hint of smoke, then Best Homemade BBQ Sauce is perfect for you!

This recipe has been in the family for many years and was always ready for ribs, hamburgers, chicken, pulled pork or anything at all.  I can remember some awesome ribs at the cottage!   First the ribs would be marinated overnight in the fridge, and the marinade was full of garlic, salt, pepper, oil, vinegar – maybe a beer or two?  We would always parboil the ribs first.  Mom had a special way of having the butcher cut them as well.

I’ve found that most folks are very passionate about their BBQ Sauce!

Then the BBQ would be lit and once it was ready – trays of delicious racks of ribs would come outside, all dressed in this amazing BBQ sauce.  The cottage was a family gathering spot, for birthdays, anniversaries but usually just a hot summer weekend and you really don’t need a reason to cook up a mess a ribs do you?

So please enjoy this Best Homemade BBQ Sauce Recipe, and be surprised by how quickly it becomes your family’s favorite!

 

If you love BBQ Sauce and want flavor that is tangy, flavorful, with just a hint of smoke, then Best Homemade BBQ Sauce is perfect for you!

Ingredients**

1 cup smoke flavoured BBQ sauce ( I use Kraft Hickory )

1/4 cup ketchup (your favorite)

1/4 cup molasses

4 tbsp. butter

2 tbsp. vinegar

2 tbsp. lemon juice

1 tsp. dry mustard

2 tsp. worcestershire sauce

1/2 tsp. hot pepper sauce (like Tabasco)

 

Preparation (about 10 minutes)

Combine all ingredients in a saucepan and simmer on med-low for 10 minutes

Let cool and pour into glass jars.

**You can double the recipe which is what I do and it will make two pints.

Enjoy!

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If you love BBQ Sauce and want flavor that is tangy, flavorful, with just a hint of smoke, then Best Homemade BBQ Sauce is perfect for you!

Best Homemade BBQ Sauce

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