Slow Cooker Blackberry Fancy

Slow Cooker Blackberry Fancy

I realize that the only thing fancy about the looks of this Slow Cooker Blackberry Fancy may be the actual dish I chose to serve it in, but don't let that fool tastes a whole lot better than it looks!!!

As a food blogger, it's not always easy to get attractive pictures of foods that really don't want to cooperate with the camera. This Slow Cooker Blackberry Fancy is certainly one of those stubborn foods, but that didn't detour me from wanting to share this delicious recipe with you.

As we all know, slow cooker dishes are quite popular these days and this one does triple duty because it can be served as a breakfast, brunch or even dessert. Layers of cubed French bread, blackberries and cream cheese nestle together in the cooker. Then a mixture of eggs, milk and spices get poured over the top and cook on high for 2-3 hours until the eggs are almost set. Next, a simple syrup is poured over the ingredients, gently stirred, and allowed to finish cooking for an additional hour to absorb the syrup.

The results is a creamy, bread pudding like dessert that has a sweetness from the simple syrup and a slight tart and freshness from the blackberries. It may not be the fanciest thing you'll ever serve, but it will make a lasting impression on your taste buds. :)

Slow Cooker Blackberry Fancy

Here are a few of the step-by-step photos so you can see the process of putting this Slow Cooker Blackberry Fancy together. The recipe follows.

Use a serrated knife to cut the French bread and an 8 ounce block of cream cheese into cubes.

Layer 1/3 of the bread, cream cheese and blackberries in the slow cooker. Repeat two more layers. Pour the egg and milk mixture evenly over the layers in the cooker.

Cover and cook for 2-3 hours. Pour the hot simple syrup over the contents in the cooker and stir well to combine. Uncover and cook for an additional hour. Serve warm with maple syrup if desired.

Another thing I love about this recipe (besides the looks, haha) is that it makes enough for leftovers. At least it did for us, so I packed some up and gave it to my 94 year old father-in-law who is now only able to eat soft and pureed foods. Just make sure you warm it up and it will be delicious the second time around too.

Serves:   10-12       Prep Time: 10-15 minutes     Cook Time: 4 hours

1 loaf Italian bread, cut into cubes
2 pints blackberries
8 ounces cream cheese, cut into cubes
7 eggs
1 ½ cups milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
pinch of fresh grated nutmeg
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
pinch salt
For the simple syrup:
¾ cup granulated sugar
1 cup water
maple syrup for serving (if desired).

-Layer 1/3 of the bread cubes, cream cheese and blackberries in the cooker. Repeat the same process for 2 more layers, making 3 layers total.
-In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, vanilla, nutmeg and cinnamon. Pour the egg mixture evenly over the contents of the slow cooker. Cover and cook on high for 2-3 hours.
-In a medium sauce pan over medium heat, dissolve the sugar completely in the water until boiling.
-Pour the boiling water over the contents of the cooker and gently stir to combine.
-Continue cooking on high, uncovered for 1 additional hour or until the simple syrup is completely absorbed.
-Spoon the Blackberry Fancy into bowls and serve hot with maple syrup if desired.

Slow Cooker Blackberry Fancy

If you're looking for more berry delicious recipes, how about this one for

Mixed Berry and Almond Oatmeal Coffeecake:

Mixed Berry and Almond Oatmeal Coffeecake

Blueberry Peach Pancakes:

Blueberry Peach Pancakes

Blackberry, Blueberry and Mint Beauty Water:

Blackberry, Blueberry and Mint Beauty Water

Red, White and Blueberry Trifle:

Red, White and Blueberry Trifle

And now for something just as colorful and a whole lot fun. What's that? You need a little "clue"? Professor Plum, in the kitchen, with the chef's knife. Chop. Chop :)

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