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Crock-Pot Bread

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Want some AMAZING home-made bread!?

Why not try making some yourself using my CROCK-POT BREAD technique!

Crock-Pots and other brand names of stoneware slow cookers are favorites for slow and simple cooking of meats, soups, and stews, and now you can use them for your bread baking too!

I'll take you through my experiments and what I've learned so that I now can bake bread in a Crock-Pot!

This all started after I posted an Instructable on how I bake bread in a Dutch Oven. Somebody commented "but have you tried this recipe with a Crock-Pot?"

That got my brain really going, and I'm proud to now say that "Yes, as a matter of fact, I CAN bake bread in a crock pot!

I'll take you through step-by-step in a direct heating method, and then also show you how to modify a Crock-Pot for baking AND also use a double-boiler baking method!

Follow these instructions, and you too will be able to BAKE BREAD IN A CROCK-POT!

 
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Step 1: Tools and Ingredients

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Tools & Ingredients

To start with, you will need a Crock-Pot or slow cooker. Make sure it's the round, medium-sized one. That's the right size and shape for this recipe.

You'll also need a mixing bowl, dry and wet measuring cups, measuring spoons, and parchment paper. You may also want a non-contact instant-read thermometer to set up your Crock-Pot the first time.

My crock-pot-bread uses the same recipe as my bread-in-a-pot recipe, except with a little more flour.

For the ingredients:
1/4 teaspoon Active Dry Yeast
1&1/2 teaspoons of Salt
1&1/2 cups warm water
3+ cups flour (all-purpose, unbleached natural white)
madhen1 year ago
Wonderful! I tried it last week and it was fantastic!! I added a link to this site from my blog, so others could give it a go. (I have weird friends who like to try stuff like this.) :)
momonkey199710 months ago
can you leave out the salt?
bennelson (author)  momonkey199710 months ago
I don't know WHY you would want to leave out the salt. Bread really needs a little salt. Without it, the bread tastes very bland.

You can certainly try it, and see how you like it. I accidentally forgot the salt once, and was very disappointed in that particular loaf, while my sister thought it was fine.
valkgurl1 year ago
When you insulate the Crock Pot--not to the point of burning the house down please!!!--You are basically making an Olde Tyme Hay Cooker. These are still used and consist of a box stuffed with some sort of insulating material--hay or shredded paper or what have you--and in inner container containing the HEATED FOOD to be finished cooked. The heating gets everything started and of course doesn't take that long. Then you pop the food container==covered with a tight fitting lid or foil and a lid--into the middle resting on the insulation and cover with more insulation and you CAN wander off and come back a few hours later and the food is all hot and cooked.

There are other versions of this called Sous Vide which will cost you a bundle at a fancy restaurant but can be done at HOME on the cheap using a PICNIC COOLER and some ZIPLOCK BAGS. Again you will need to heat SOMETHING--in this case WATER--but you then immerse your bags or sealed vac-bags and cover with heated water--not sure if it has to be boiling when added or not--and wander off and take a nap and come back for dinner--gently cooked food AND hot bread if you are clever and time it right!

Somewhere out here in cyber space is a STEAK RECIPE cooked this way that I am longing to try one day. Allegedly the BEST steak. We shall see!
bennelson (author)  valkgurl1 year ago
Yep, there's a lot of cool semi-scientificy ways of cooking food! "Bean-Holes" are another good one!

You can also cook steel cut oats overnight in a thermos.
http://ecoprojecteer.net/2012/07/thermos-oats/

 
 I haven't tried sous Vide yet, but I HAVE made yogurt in a Scientific Water Bath! 
Lorddrake1 year ago
This is really cool ... do you think it would work as well in a crockpot that doesn't have a stoneware liner?

I have a GE crockpot that has a nonstick metal liner (I was less than pleased when i found out that fact .. but the wife says she likes it so we kept it.  Personally I miss my old rival but I haven't found a replacement stoneware for the one that broke.)

I am so glad I'm not the only one that uses the laser thermometer in the kitchen ... SEE HUNNY, I TOLD YOU I WASN'T WIERD .. lol
bennelson (author)  Lorddrake1 year ago
I wouldn't try directly baking bread in there. I've never been a big fan of teflon and "non-stick".

Try the double-boiler method. I bet that would work fine for you.

Instant read thermometers are great! Everyone should have one in the kitchen!
I was just wishing I had one a couple of days ago (non-contact thermometer) to check the temp in my skillet! I may have to figure out a way to add that to the tool arsenal...
they are actually alot more reasonably priced than you would expect. typically they are around 30- 35 dollars .. but if you are patient you can occasionally find them on sale for as little as 10 or 15 bucks.
I've seen them at Harbor Freight for a while now and never picked one up. That may need to happen sooner than later.
bennelson (author)  wilwrk4tls1 year ago
Wait for the coupon! Harbor Freight has great coupons. I got my laser thermometer at less than half what their regular price was. Totally worth it.
Sweet! I think I've heard of crock pot bread, but have never actually seen it! Looks delicious :D
SIRJAMES091 year ago
AWESOME!!! I'll have to try and make some....Thank you for sharing; great story too. : )