Our oven blew out two weeks ago – nobody was hurt – and so I’ve been relying on my favorite crock pot recipes of late. My little one has been asking to make bread, so I decided on a whim to Google “how to make bread in a crock pot.” I was shocked that A LOT of people do this. Long story short, bread made in a crock pot is totally delicious and I highly recommend it!
Read on for crock pot recipes to make bread
Grab your parchment paper, flour, yeast, salt, and some warm water and you’re good to go! This recipe does not require kneading!!! It also doubles well. If you are looking for more easy bread recipes, I like this book.
1.5 cups warm water
1.5 teaspoons yeast (pretty much any kind will do!)
1 tablespoon salt (you may want to increase or decrease this, depending on your family’s sensitivity to salt)
3 1/4 c flour, plus extra for handling
Plug in your slow cooker and set it to high.
Tear off a generous sheet of parchment paper and use it to line the inside of your crock pot (slow cooker).
Pour the warm water, yeast, salt, and flour into a mixer. Using a dough hook (preferably), mix for approximately two minutes. If there is still flour on the bottom of the mixing bowl, give it another minute. If the dough is super sticky and wet, add another 1/2 c of flour and mix another minute.
When the dough is smooth and a matte color, and when all the flour from the bottom of the mixing bowl and been incorporated into the dough, wet your hands then gently pull all the dough out of the mixer.
You don’t need to knead a second!
Plop your ball of dough into your warming crock pot so the dough is nestled into the parchment paper. The dough should not touch the crock pot, only the parchment paper. You may also use refrigerated dough.
Place the lid on the crock pot and set your timer for one hour. You may need to cook it a bit longer, but when your one hour timer goes off, visually check your bread. Has it turned slightly brown? If so, remove the lid, taking care to not steam burn yourself! My crock pot release a LOT of steam both times I checked my bread.
Tap the top of the loaf lightly. If it gives way, put it back for another 15 minutes. If the top is firm, however, flip it over and look for a golden brown, solid bottom crust. If you see this, your bread is done! If not, set the timer for another 15 minutes.
If you doubled the recipe, set your initial timer for 1.5 hours.
Set on a cooling rack and let cool completely before cutting. Enjoy your fresh homemade bread from a crock pot with butter or as a sandwich! We ate ours with salad for dinner. Yum yum!
SAFETY NOTE: Make sure that your crock pot manufacturer’s instructions say it is ok to cook without liquid in the pot. Some require liquid to maintain durability and safety.
Have you made bread in a crock pot?