Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Slow Cooker Whole Wheat Pizza

My daughter has been making whole wheat pizza for some time now in oven. However few weeks back when I blogged about making pizza in slow cooker in my round up about slow cooker vegetarian game day recipes, she at once tried whole wheat pizza in slow cooker.

She used her usual whole wheat pizza dough recipe but this time in slow cooker. Results were amazing. In-fact she liked the slow cooker version better as it was little moist and soft compare to oven counter part. Slow Cooker method is so easy now she makes pizza for kids school lunch too !

My daughter had picked up this whole wheat dough recipe from Cookie and Kate with some adjustments. I am posting it here with her adjustments.

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes

Ingredients to make whole wheat pizza dough:

1.    1 cup water (warm) - need little over 1 cup water but can be adjusted as needed
1.    1 tablespoon sugar
1.    1 tablespoon olive oil
1.    1 envelope (2¼ teaspoons) instant yeast
1.    2¾ cups whole wheat flour (or regular wheat flour) + 1 spoon rice flour (optional - it helps digestion)
1.    ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese (or any other grated cheese)
1.    1 1/2 teaspoon sea salt

Method to make Pizza Dough:

1.    Whisk warm water, sugar, oil and yeast in bowl really well then and let it sit for 5 minutes. It should puff up some by then.
2.    Mix flour, cheese and salt well. Add water/oil/yeast/sugar mixture to make soft dough. Knead it well on a floured work surface. Dump the dough onto a floured work surface and quickly knead dough a few times until it comes together. Halve the dough.
3.    Pizza dough is now ready to be used either in oven or in slow cooker. Below is the slow cooker method.

Method to make Pizza in Slow Cooker:

1. Apply oil liberally in slow cooker bottom.
2. Take half the dough or as per your choice of thickness and size of the slow cooker and press it evenly in the slow cooker bottom.
3. Apply pizza sauce. Top with choice of vegetables and shredded cheese.
4. Cover slow cooker with a paper towel and then close the lead. This will make sure mist does not drop on the pizza and but it will give really nice softness to pizza.
5. Turn on slow cooker on high and let it cook for about 45 minutes.
6. Check if pizza is done by inserting toothpick. If toothpick comes out clean then pizza is done.
7. Turn off the heat. Take out the slow cooker bowl and put it on side to cool down.
8. Let the pizza cool down for 15-20 minutes before taking it out and serving.

Similar Slow Cooker Recipes:
Homemade Slow Cooker Gift Recipes
Indian Mix-Vegetable Curry using Slow-Cooker
Slow Cooker Aloo-Gobi (Potato Cauliflower Curry)
Slow Cooker Dal Fry Recipe

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Monday, February 2, 2015

Eggless Slow Cooker Desserts for Valentine's Day

Have you ever felt that going to restaurant on Valentines day is waste of time and money? Most restaurants are over crowded and food is prepared in rush. Well if you feel same way then here is wonderful collection of eggless desserts made in slow cooker. Most of these recipes require none or very minimal preparation. You can put all the ingredients in crockpot, sit back and relax.

1. Pina Colada Lava Cake:  Requires some minor preparation outside of slow cooker but it is worth the trouble.

CrockPot Pina Colada Lava Cake #dessert #crockpot #slowcooker
2. White Chocolate Cherry Dump Cake: Very simple dump cake (dump all ingredients in slow cooker in layers) with only 5 ingredients and takes less than 5 minutes to prepare.

White Chocolate Cherry Dump Cake

3. Peach Cobbler : Another simple recipe which required only very few ingredients and less than 5 minutes of prep time.

Crock Pot Peach Cobbler Recipe

4. Cherry Nut Cobbler: Warm and comforting dessert with Pecans. This recipe is made so easy with ready-made muffin mix and canned cherry pie filling.

Cherry-Nut Cobbler

5.  Triple chocolate Peanut Butter Pudding Cake: Ingredient list seems little long for this pudding cake and process little bit involved, but it creates really rich cake. Worth the try.

Triple Chocolate-Peanut Butter Pudding Cake

6. Cherry Cola Chocolate Cake: This Cherry cake looks so yummy with nice burgundy color and cherry sauce topped on the cake.

Crocked Cherry Cola Chocolate Cake/ Kelli’s Retro Kitchen Arts
Source: KellisKitchen

7. Caramel Poach Pear with Ice-Cream: Very simple recipe drizzled with brown sugar sauce and served with ice-cream.

8. Blueberry Lemon cake: This is a very flexible and simple recipe. You can replace blueberry with strawberries to give it beautiful pink color.

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