10 Surprising Foods You Can Make in a Slow Cooker

It's fall, which means it's time to pull out the ol' slow cooker! We've shared a few of our favorite slow cooker recipes in the past, including tried-and-true recipes for barbacoa beef, lemon garlic chicken, and curried vegetable stew. But did you know you can also use your slow cooker to make cheesecake? Fruit butters? Even bread? Yes, indeed.

• 1 Oatmeal: We love steel cut oats, and this recipe makes magic out of them. A perfect way to wake up in the morning!
• 2 Soufflé : This is certainly unusual, and not our favorite way to make a soufflé, but it's delicious as its own category of slow cooker desserts!
• 3 Baked Potato: Just set it and forget it, and make a whole bunch at once!
• 4 Cheesecake: Make a cheesecake, pan and all, inside your crock-pot. Yes, it's possible!
• 5 Dulce de Leche: A more hands-off way to cook sweetened condensed milk into our favorite treat.
• 6 Fruit Butters: A great shortcut for making fruit butters. Cut them up, peel them, and pop them into the slow cooker!
• 7 Artichokes: it really doesn't take long to just boil an artichoke, but making them in a slow cooker is all about "the psychological pleasure of coming home after a long day to a fresh-steamed artichoke all ready to eat," as we wrote earlier.
• 8 Baked Apples, from No Monsters In My Bed: A perfect, easy, and delicious use for all those seasonal apples.
• 9 Brownies, from Martha Stewart: Who knew? Yes, sweet, sticky brownies can turn out wonderfully when baked in a slow cooker.
• 10 Bread: This is perhaps better for summertime baking, when you don't want the heat of your oven to overwhelm your home.

What unusual or surprising foods have you managed to make in your slow cooker?

Related: Back to Basics: How To Use a Slow Cooker

(Image: Faith Durand)