Monday, July 14, 2014

Easy Yeast Bread in the Slow Cooker

 Artisan Bread from the Slow Cooker
In the Summer, I don't like to turn on the oven, but I do like fresh yeast bread that I can slice. It's wonderful to make a loaf of fresh bread in the slow cooker, and it only takes a tiny bit of hands-on time. If no rain is expected, I cook this out on the balcony, so that it doesn't heat up my house at all!

Slow Cooker Yeast Bread
First, prepare dough according to this recipe
Or, if you prefer Whole Wheat, use this one
Easy Artisan Whole Wheat Bread Dough
(Don't be intimidated! This recipe is so easy, simply measure, stir, and wait!)

Once dough is ready, tear off a piece of parchment paper about 1 1/2 feet long (1/2 Meter) . Shape bread as for Boule, and place on the center of the paper. Slash if desired (this isn't strictly necessary in slow cooker bread). Lower the paper, dough and all, into the crock. Press Paper away from the dough and against the edges of the crock (so the bread has a little room to expand in the crock).

Dough Positioned in Crock with Parchment

Sprinkle dough with sesame seeds or other topping if desired. Cover with the crock lid, with 2 paper towels snugly lining the lid. The paper towels absorb the moisture as it evaporates during bread baking, and keeps it from "raining" on the bread while it bakes.

Crock Lid lined with Paper Towels

Place  Slow Cooker with Bread in a warm place to rise for 30 to 60 minutes without turning it on. Then, without opening, turn Slow Cooker on High, and cook for 2 hours. At the end of the two hours, check to see if bread looks done (the top should look barely done, and spring back from the touch - it will not be quite as golden brown like bread from an oven). If it's not quite done, let it cook for 15 or so minutes more (the second time you make it, you should know precisely how long it will take in your machine).

The Crispy Bottom Crust of Bread from the Slow Cooker
Carefully lift finished bread out of crock using parchment paper. Remove from paper, and cool on wire rack or other place where air can circulate to cool the bread without it becoming soggy. The Bread will be darker on the bottom than it is on the top, and crunchy. The bottom can become tough if allowed to cook too long.

And, in response to the request for a "crumb" picture - here ya go! : )

This bread has a delightful texture inside - very similar to the bread I make in the oven from the same recipe.

Slice & Enjoy!

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  1. I may have to give this a try! Thanks!

    1. So lovely to have you visit!
      I'd love it if you let me know how the bread turns out for you : )

  2. I found this scrumptious recipe on In and Out of the Kitchen and I hope you’ll bring it to my recipe link party tonight! This week’s party starts tonight (Tuesday) at 8pm and goes until Sunday evening. You can find us at mommasangelbaby (dot) com. Hope to see you there! HUGS

    1. Thanks so much for the invitation - I linked up : )

    2. So glad you did! I can't wait to try this. I have pinned and stumbled it and I hope you'll swing by again next week with another delicous recipe! HUGS

    3. Just a note to let you know that I have featured this delicious post on The Yuck Stops Here this week. I hope you'll swing by and pick up your "I've Been Featured" button and share something new! HUGS

    4. Thank you so much! I was out most of last week, and didn't realize that my comments had malfunctioned, so I'm just finding this now. And, I'm just discovering that you featured my post! I really appreciate it! : )

  3. This looks so unusual and nummy that I must give it a try. Stopping by from The Yuck Stops Here Party. Carrie, A Mother's Shadow

  4. Holy Cracker Jacks! I use my slow cooker ALL THE TIME and never knew you could cook bread in it! I will definitely be giving this recipe a try:)

  5. I would cook everything in my slow cooker if I could! This bread looks great. Thank you for linking at the In and Out of the Kitchen Link Party. Hope to see you again next week.

  6. I would have never thought of using my slow cooker for bread! Awesome idea! Thanks for linking up with "Try a New Recipe Tuesday." I hope you will be able to join us again this week.

  7. Hi Anna,
    It is so great to see that making fresh homemade bread can be so easy! I am amazed at how simple this slow cooker recipe is. I am just beginning to dream about the possibilities for all manner of yummy breads to make. Thank you for sharing this delicious recipe at the Healthy, Happy, Green and Natural Party Blog Hop!


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