Crockpot Apple Cake

by Marykate Smith Despres, Salem Depot

I found it! A slow-cooked dessert! The cake is “baked” in the crockpot over diced apples creating a sort of pie meets cake creation that is incredibly moist and delicious. The cake itself can be made with either pumpkin or sweet potato and calls for just a little bit of applesauce to tie it all together. I used sweet potato for my cake, as did the blogger behind Finding Joy in My Kitchen, the cooking blog on which I found the recipe adapted here.

You’ll need:

1 3/4 cup brown sugar

1/4 cup whipping cream

2-3 Tbsp butter

4-5 medium apples, peeled & sliced

2 cups whole wheat flour

2 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp baking soda

1 1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp nutmeg

pinch of ginger

1 cup pumpkin or sweet potato puree

2 eggs

1/3 cup applesauce

Grease your crockpot with cooking spray and line the bottom with diced apples.

Melt butter, 1 cup of brown sugar and cream in a small saucepan, stirring until incorporated, and pour over apples.

Combine dry ingredients. Add puree, applesauce and eggs and mix until smooth. Pour over apples.

Cover and cook in crockpot for about 2 hours on low. Test readiness as you would any other cake using the toothpick/knife in the center trick.

Serve warm with ice cream or whipped cream.




Southwestern Chicken and Sweet Potato Soup

by Marykate Smith Despres, Salem Depot, recipe from Barbara Roy, Marblehead Depot

Marblehead member Barbara Roy sent us this recipe, one of her favorites adapted from, and added, “Perfect to use some of the sweet potatoes from this week’s share.”

You’ll need:

3/4 pound uncooked boneless chicken breast, cut into 1 inch cubes

2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled, cut into 1 inch cubes

1 large onion, chopped

29 oz of diced tomatoes (the recipe suggests canned, salsa-style tomatoes with chiles, undrained)

14 1/2 oz fat-free chicken broth

1 tsp dried oregano

1/2 tsp ground cumin

1 1/2 cups frozen corn kernals

Combine everything but the corn in the crockpot and cook covered on low for 6 hours. Add corn and cook about 30 minutes more or until chicken is cooked through.

Thanks, Barabara!

Keep ’em coming, folks! We need more crockpot meals for the blog that use ingredients, like this one does, that you find in your weekly share.