An electric pressure cooker is one of the most magical tools to keep in your kitchen; it brings a whole new meaning to "fast food." But cooking up savory meals isn't the only place your pressure cooker shines. This countertop appliance also has a way with desserts, and it's time you get well-acquainted with it.
Some dessert recipes are as simple as adding the ingredients right into the bowl of the pressure cooker (think slow cooker-style, but with a way faster cook time). Then there are others that cook best when molded into a separate pan or individual ramekins that are placed inside the cooker.
Either way it's a win. The stovetop and oven stay off and you'll be looking at a delicious sweet treat in a fraction of the time.
1. Rice Pudding
We use our pressure cookers to make a faster batch of rice for stir-fries and side dishes, so it only makes sense that we take advantage of this for dessert, too. With the addition of a few extra ingredients, transform a cup of rice into quick pressure-cooker rice pudding.
Get a Recipe: Creamy Pressure-Cooker Rice Pudding
Yes, you can even make a cheesecake in your pressure cooker! And it "bakes" in about half the time it would take in the oven. Just be sure to check the size of your pressure cooker before getting started — you may need to use a smaller springform pan.
Get a Recipe: Instant Pot Oreo Cheesecake
3. Crème Brûlée
This dinner party-worthy rich custard comes out looking classy and beautiful, yet cooks up in minutes.
Get a Recipe: Crème Brûlée in the Pressure Cooker
4. Baked Apples
Want to skip the pie-making and go for something simpler? Whether you fill the cored apples with a sweet nut-and-crumb filling or leave them hollow, these soft "baked" fruits will be bursting with flavor.
Get a Recipe: Pressure-Cooker “Baked” Apples
5. Bread Pudding
Here's a delicious way to put a stale loaf of bread to work. Just when it seems like it's on the way out, you can transform that loaf into soft and tender bread pudding.
Get a Recipe: Pressure-Cooker Cranberry Bread Pudding
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