Just finished off that great Caribbean jerk chicken you cooked on your Big Easy? Well, it’s time for dessert! Time to make Brazilian pineapple on the Char-Broil Big Easy! And man, oh man, what a delightful treat it is, too! Deliciously sweet pineapple, brushed with coconut milk and sprinkled with cinnamon-infused sugar. Roasted to perfection. Brazilian pineapple on the Char-Broil Big Easy can be sliced and eaten as-is. Nothing else is required. But it’s even better topped with some cooling whipped cream or a scoop of ice cream. This dessert is so good that we made it twice in one week!
You start by cutting the ends and rind off of a pineapple. Do not remove the core! Then you remove the eyes in a spiral pattern. I never realized that the eyes grow at about a 45 degree angle on the sides of the pineapple. Just remove them using a sharp knife, creating a nice little ‘canyon’ to hold the coconut milk and cinnamon sugar.
I lined a bunk-bed basket with foil to make cleanup easier. Lowered it into the Big Easy and let it go until it started to brown, about 30 minutes. Your time may vary, and you may want your pineapple to be a bit more caramelized. Use your own judgement. I don’t think you can go wrong no matter what!
Oh how I do love cooking Twinkies on my Char-Broil Big Easy. They’re the world’s easiest dessert. And they can be topped with darn near anything you have in the pantry, fridge or freezer. The Twinkies only take a few minutes to get a nice little crunch on the outside, while the insides get all oooey gooey. I topped my loaded roasted Twinkies on the Char-Broil Big Easy with Nutella, marshmallows, whipped cream, toffee and for a hint of healthy, some fresh strawberries. Spreading a bit of Nutella on the Twinkies first gives the remaining ingredients something to hold onto. They don’t slide off and into the pan. Now, I’m not saying that if they did slide off that it’d be the end of world, no, but loaded roasted Twinkies need to be mounded with toppings. The more, the better.
I recently picked up a Char-Broil Cooking Rack for my Big Easy. The rack lets me cook up to 6 small trays of food at once, sorta like my Wingin’ator 3000 modification. My knee-jerk reaction was “Oh yes! I gotta do some wings!” but I resisted and went simple so I can learn how the rack does in the cooker. How much simpler can you get than baking up a batch of chocolate chip cookies? In no time at all I was enjoying some ooey-gooey cookies hot off my Big Easy oil-less fryer.
This is the perfect dessert for an outdoor party after you’ve already cooked your wings, chicken, ribs, whatever great dish, in your Big Easy. I used refrigerated pre-made cookie dough, but your homemade cookie version will work just as well. I found that the cook time matched what the package stated for indoor cooking. Easy.
The cookies on the bottom trays cooked a bit quicker than those on the top. I was cooking on a cool (45 degrees F) day, with a light breeze, and that probably didn’t help. I did keep the wire mesh top on the cooker the entire time.
These bloomin’ apples on the Char-Broil Big Easy were definitely one of the tastiest things I’ve ever made. Each bite was like biting into a hot, fresh-out-of-the-oven apple pie. Perfect. Just delicious!
The apples take only a few minutes to prepare and cook. And I was a bit nervous my first time cutting them. But I found it to be completely painless and rather fun. Everything you need to make these is probably already in your pantry – you just need a few apples and you’re ready to enjoy the perfect dessert right from your Big Easy! Bloomin’ apples on the Char-Broil Big Easy can be topped with just about anything. Whipped cream. Melted caramel. Toasted nuts. You name it. Or just eat (er… devour) them with a simple scoop of good ole vanilla ice cream.
Your favorite toppingsice cream, whipped cream, caramel topping, a sprinkle of cinnamon, etc
Note: If you add ice cream to the tops of the cooked apples it will cause the caramel mixture to harden. You may prefer to serve the ice cream on the sideor do as I did and eat the apples soon after adding the ice cream!
Fire up your Big Easy or preheat an oven to 350 F.
Cut about 1/2" off the tops of the apples, getting all of the stems.
Using a melon baller or spoon, scoop out the core of the apples. Get just enough to get the seeds.
Using a sharp knife, make 2 circular cuts, one inside the other, around the inside of the apples from the top. You want two concentric circles. Be careful to not cut through the apples. See the picture above.
Turn the apples over so that they are lying flat on the cut tops.
Take a knife and make cuts down the sides if the apples. Start about 1/2" from the center of each apple and slice downward.
Turn the apples back over.
Melt the butter and stir in the brown sugar until dissolved.
Stir in the flour and cinnamon.
Place 2 caramels in the hollowed out centers of each apple.
Pour the butter mixture over the tops.
Transfer apples to a Big Easy basket and place into the cooker. Roast for about 20 minutes, checking for tenderness. I used a long metal skewer to gently poke the apples to see if they were soft.
For oven cooking, transfer the apples to a baking sheet lined with foil and bake 30-40 minutes or until tender.
Your apples may take longer than mine. Start checking them after 20 minutes.
I made mini pumpkin cheesecakes for Thanksgiving. They were a big hit. That got me jonesin’ for a more traditional cheesecake. So, that’s what I made! I love making mini classic cheesecakes on my Char-Broil Big Easy. It can’t get much easier.
The Big Easy does cook at a high temperature, so you do have to make sure you don’t overcook the cheesecakes, but it’s still easy. You’ll be rewarded with smooth creamy cheesecake with that light vanilla flavor. Perfect. And all in a single-serve size, so you’re not quite as tempted (maybe) to have more than one.
I am not a baker. Not even close. Yet I found these mini classic cheesecakes on the Char-Broil Big Easy to be very easy to make. I did learn a few things along the way. You really need to make sure you don’t overcook them. Do not let them go over 150 F. And, they may crack a bit no matter how hard you try. That’s ok, the cracks add character.
48 ounce packages Philadelphia cream cheese, softened
1cupsugar or sugar substitute
Place the cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla into a mixer and beat until blended.
With the mixer still running on low speed, add the eggs one-at-a-time until blended.
Divide mixture between the crusts. Depending on how full you fill them you might not need all 18 crusts.
Fire up your Big Easy.
Working in batches, add pies to the basket and bunk bed basket and lower into the Big Easy.
Cook for 10-15 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 145-150 F. Use an instant-read thermometer to test the temperature. Do not overcook. The cheesecakes will continue cooking just a bit after being removed from the Big Easy.
I grilledTwinkies not long ago, and I thought, “Hey, these are good!”. Then, yesterday I tossed some Twinkies into my Char-Broil Big Easy for just a few minutes, and I thought, “Wow, these are absolutely INCREDIBLE!”. The Twinkies get a fantastic crust on them, while the insides get all ooey gooey, marshmallowy yummy! I mean, these little treats are beyond addicting! I drizzled a bit of strawberry syrup over the Twinkies to make them extra-special. Chocolate syrup. Roasted nuts. Whipped cream. Anything can be added, but they are also beyond fantastic by themselves. You can fit a lot of Twinkies on the Big Easy at once, specially if you have the Bunk Bed basket or a Wingin’ator 3000, making them the perfect dessert for a crowd.
What started out as an experiment to see if I could bake miniature pumpkin cheesecakes on my Char-Broil Big Easy ended up being one of the best tasting desserts I’ve had in a long time. I was contemplating Thanksgiving, and dreaming about how great a turkey out of my Big Easy tastes, when it dawned on me…. why not also use the Big Easy for making dessert?
These little cheesecakes take less than 30 minutes to cook. They need to chill overnight. Well, they should chill overnight… I can’t say that all of them lasted that long. I think you can shortcut the chilling by placing them in the freezer for 15-20 minutes. And the taste? Phenomenal! Fantastic pumpkin flavor. Creamy. The best pumpkin cheesecake you can imagine. Mini pumpkin cheesecakes on the Char-Broil Big Easy are the best way to cap off a great turkey dinner. If you prefer a non-Thanksgiving version, try my Big Easy mini classic cheesecakes.
I used pre-made miniature pie crusts and cooked them in the Big Easy using the baking pans designed specifically for the cooker. If you don’t have them (they’re also great for making mini pizzas) you can use the standard basket that comes with the Big Easy (you can cook 4 pies at a time) and better yet, use the bunk bed basket which doubles the number of pies you can cook at a time.