One of the things I love most about summer is the bounty of fresh produce. It is so rewarding to eat foods fresh out of the garden or off of a tree. The downsides to homegrown are when the fruits or vegetables are ready you have to take care of them, and it is hot outside. I was able to overcome the heat issue with this Slow Cooker Cherry Brownie Pudding.
Brownie Pudding is a single dish with a cake-like brownie and a rich chocolate sauce. My mother had a recipe for that she made during my childhood. My 2nd brother loved it. So did I.
When I was putting this together D3 was my helper. She wasn’t sure she would like Cherry Brownie Pudding and thought that the way it was going together was strange. However, she was excited to try it.
Daughter Four, who was not in the kitchen area while this was being made, was mind blown when I said that it wouldn’t be done for at least 2 hours. When I caught her in the refrigerator later I asked what she was doing. She was looking for the Cherry Brownie Pudding. I told her it wasn’t in the fridge. So she started to look in the freezer.
When I told her that the Cherry Brownie Pudding was in the Slow Cooker she was even more confused. What kind of pudding gets made in the slow cooker?
The wait was painful for her. Honestly, the wait was a little bit painful for me. I wanted to see if this was as good as the brownie pudding my mom made. Also, I wanted to see if the paper towel hack worked as well for this as it did for cobblers.
To everyone’s delight the Cherry Brownie Pudding was excellent. In fact, it may be one of the best things I have ever made in a slow cooker. It turned out perfectly; as if it had been baked in the oven. The flavors were spot on.
When I make this again I might reduce the sugar, and maybe even the cocoa powder. It was so rich! Even though I had served small dishes of dessert no one asked for another bowl. That’s rich.
Do you love fresh Summer produce as much as I do? If so, how do you deal with the timing and heat issues? I would love to know!
Cherry Brownie Pudding
- ½ cup dairy sour cream
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 3 tablespoons butter (melted)
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- ¼ cup granulated sugar
- ¼ cup brown sugar (packed)
- 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 2 cups fresh pitted cherries
- ½ cup dark chocolate chips
- For Pudding:
- ½ cup brown sugar (packed)
- 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
- 1¼ cup hot water
- Spray the inside of slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray.
- In a large bowl combine sour cream oil, butter, and vanilla. Beat until blended.
- In a separate bowl stir together flour, sugars, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt. Add into the sour cream mixture until combined.
- Fold in cherries and chocolate chips.
- Pour into batter into slow cooker.
- In a small bowl, combine brown sugar and cocoa powder. Stir in hot water until blended.
- Pour over the batter in the slow cooker; do not mix.
- Drape a paper towel under the lid of the slow cooker with the sides of towel extending outside of the slow cooker.
- Cover and cook on high for 2 hours, or until set.
- Turn slow cooker off and allow to stand for 15 minutes uncovered before serving.
- Serve warm with vanilla ice cream or whipped topping if desired.