How to Bake Bread in a Crock Pot (Slow Cooker)





Introduction: How to Bake Bread in a Crock Pot (Slow Cooker)

In this instructable I will show you how to make bread in a crock pot (slow cooker). This easy crockpot bread recipe is incredible. If you find yourself without the use of an oven, or you want to just try something new, bake your bread in a crockpot! This method should work with any bread dough. Let's get started!

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Follow the easy steps or watch the short video tutorial, or do both!

Step 1: Ingredients/Tools

Use your favorite bread dough, below is a link to an instructable for my favorite white bread dough.

Ingredients (Bread Dough):

  • 1 cup of water (235ml)
  • 2 1/4 tsp. of active dry yeast (6.5g)
  • 1/3 cup of granulated sugar (66g)
  • 2 Tbsp. of Canola or Vegetable oil (30ml)
  • 3 cups of Bread Flour (you can use all-purpose)
  • (380g) 3/4 tsp. of salt (4g)


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Step 2: Place Bread Dough in Crock Pot

In this instructable I will bake one loaf in the oven traditionally following my instructable in the previous step, and then I will bake the other loaf in the crock pot, then compare the two loafs for you. First divide your dough into two parts (if you are using my bread dough recipe), and place in 8x4 inch bread pans. The 8x4 inch bread pan is the size that fits in my crock pot. If you have a smaller crock pot already, you can just use parchment paper, and place that in the crock pot, then place your whole dough in it, the resulting loaf will be a round loaf as opposed to a sandwich loaf. Place the loaf in the crock pot and cover it. Then turn the crock pot on "High". We want to bake it for 2 to 3 hours depending on the size of your loaf. This size will take around 2.5 hours. We bake it until it is golden brown. If you wish you can check it with a thermometer to make sure it is baked completely. You want the inside to be around 200 degrees F. (93 C)

Step 3: Remove Loaf

Once the time is up, we remove the lid and using oven mitts take the bread out of the crockpot and let it cool on a rack.

Step 4: Side by Side Comparison

Now let's compare the two loafs. First the traditional bread takes far less time to bake. But that was to be expected. The sides of the loaf that was baked in the crock pot are a bit browner and a bit more crispy then the traditional loaf, the tops look a bit different too. When sliced you can see the color is a bit different, using the same ingredients, same dough. The taste is crunchy on the outside, nice and soft on the inside, pretty awesome! Have fun and make your own bread in the crock pot! :) Enjoy!

Step 5: Video Tutorial

Now watch those steps in action by checking out the short video tutorial!



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Hi Matt, Thanks for an interesting idea. Just a general question to satisfy my curiosity (I am too scared to try it out in case it flops!) - all the bread recipes I have read call for one to punch down the dough after the first rising then put it in the loaf pan and allow it to rise again - but what happens if one just lets it rise in the loaf pan and then once it has doubled in size, put it in the oven?

So you mean knead the dough then let it only rise once in the bread pan then bake? I think it will be a bit more dense of a bread that way, the two rises help to get a lighter texture, like rebatto said. With that said, have you seen my instructable on no-knead dutch oven bread, it is pretty awesome. Again kind of like what rebatto was saying -

Thanks Matt; I am trying your no-knead Dutch oven bread later today!

has a coarse texture is all, remember though you have to shape the loaf rolls into a rectangle, fold the outer thirds in , put the seam down and let it rise before baking it.if you have a kitchen aid you can just mix it with a dough hook , shape it and wait till its ready to bake. it will feel a lot lighter, and there's no magic in a loaf pan , call it an artisan bread and let your friends think you paid big bucks...always let it cool on a rack or the bottom gets wet.

Thanks relbatto, appreciate the advice.

What size Crock Pot are you using?

I am pretty sure it is a 6 quart one. I can't remember, and it doesn't say on it haha. I just measured and it holds 1.5 gallons so 6 quarts I guess.