Creating Brunch In Your Crockpot

When it comes to meals, brunch is often a favorite of mine. Brunch usually has an assortment of breads and cakes. That's my kind of meal.

I'd like to share a few recipes with you. The first is for an apple coffee cake. It cooks up in just two hours and can be served hot, right out of the crockpot.

In a large bowl, combine all of the following:

2/3 cup applesauce - I always use sweetened applesauce in cooking
1 egg, slightly beaten
2 cups Bisquick
cup milk - we use nonfat milk
2 tablespoons white sugar
2 tablespoons butter - room temperature
2 cooking apples, cored peeled and cut into small, bite-sized pieces
1 teaspoons vanilla
1 teaspoon cinnamon

Once ingredients are mixed, pour into your crockpot. Then, mix together the topping:

cup Bisquick
1 teaspoon cinnamon
cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons butter (you don't want the butter at room temperature, but you want it softened just a bit from refrigerator temperature)

Sprinkle the topping on top and cook on high for 2 hours. You can play around with the ingredients to suit your tastes. Replace the milk with either sour cream or plain yogurt. If you like a nutty flavor, add in 1 teaspoon of peanut extract. You can also add in chopped nuts. If you don't want to use sugar, try using Splenda instead of the sugar.

Another recipe I'd like to share is for a very sweet cherry bread:

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 eggs
6 ounces maraschino cherries - cut cherries into small pieces
1/3 cup syrup from the cherry jar
3/4 cup white sugar
1 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt

Mix together the flour, baking powder and salt. In a separate bowl mix the eggs and sugar, beating until thick. Add in some of the dry ingredients and some of the cherry syrup and mix well. Continue adding slowly until all ingredients are well mixed. Add in the cherries and lightly mix in. For this recipe, you'll use a 2 pound coffee can. Place the dough in the coffee can and cover with several layers of paper towels. Set in crockpot and cook on high about 2 hours. Remove coffee can and allow to cool before removing bread.

We like to add in chocolate chips. Other people like to add in nuts. Use about cup of either nuts or chocolate chips. Mix in at the end when you mix in the cherries.

These are both wonderful dishes to serve at your next brunch. They both cook while you're getting everything else set up.