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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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


kwharton1960 made it! (author)2017-10-13

I tried this with a sourdough bread recipe from King Arthur flour and it turned out great! So much better than lighting the oven.

Hurray!! So awesome! Glad you tried it!! :) Thanks so much for sharing the pics too! :)

peterwalker (author)2017-10-03

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!

You are welcome!!! :)

relbatto (author)peterwalker2017-10-03

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.

peterwalker (author)relbatto2017-10-04

Thanks relbatto, appreciate the advice.

For sure! Great comment!

Rayman1961 (author)2017-10-03

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.

Thank you! :D

You are welcome!

JanetM110 (author)2017-10-03

Would it come out so crunchy if you put is on a small wire rack so it isn't on the bottom of the cooker?

You can also adjust the baking time, in this demonstration it was a bit overcooked I think. Other times they didn't turn out as crunchy, but yes a great way to soften it up, is when you take it out of the bread pan, rub some butter around it. I don't know if a wire wrack on the bottom of the pan will help, but you can always try it! :)

relbatto (author)JanetM1102017-10-03

if you want a soft crust, simply leave it on the rack to cool ( so it doesn't get soggy bottom) and run a stick of butter lightly over the outside top,while its hot .. this traps rising steam and makes the crust soft. in a plastic bag when its barely warm.resist the temptation to eat it right out of the oven or crock pot...if you can... its still cooking oils work if you are out of butter or terrified by anti butterists....

great answer!

obillo (author)2017-10-03

How about putting the dough in directly--i.e., with no loaf pan? Possibly you could do it right away OR after a second rise. What do you think?

Yep with no loaf pan, use parchment paper, and maybe some cornmeal on the bottom. Then put the kneaded dough after the first rise in (shape like ball), then it will continue to rise for the second time in the crockpot and heat up all at the same time if that makes sense? So yes put it in after first rise and it should turn out great!

mooster (author)2017-10-03

What happens if you preheat the crock pot before you put the dough in? Intuitively, that seems necessary, though the timing would be different perhaps.

You could definitely do that! It would shorten the cooking time. So you mean after the dough rises in the bread pan, place it in a preheated crock pot. Good idea, I have always just done it the other way. Next time I make it I will try it for sure.

guyindasky (author)2017-10-03

I live at an elevation of 5,500 ft. do you any modifications to recipe that I may want to make to have it come out correctly? TIA

Great question! I don't regularly bake at the high, so I can't say right off the top of my head, although you probably should use 1/3 less yeast, and the dough will probably rise a lot faster.

gralan (author)2017-10-02

Oh yes! I live in Texas, and so baking bread in the house heats it up regularly. I'm on this now, and the crock is plugging in out on the porch.

Thank you!

Awesome!! Let me know how it turns out! :)

Anna-Grace (author)2017-09-28


:) Thanks!

You didn't say anything about letting the dough rise in the pan before putting it in the crock pot. Isn't that necessary?

No it really isn't necessary, let it rise the first time, then when it is in the pan in the crockpot, it will continue to rise, since it takes a while for the crockpot to get to full "heat" on the inside. But you can let it rise for another hour if you like in the pan before putting it in the crockpot, the bread will turn out a bit more "fluffy", but again it still turns out pretty great if you don't let it rise in the pan. Great question!

joelrobbins65 (author)2017-09-28

Great instruction! Thank you very Matt for this work

Thank you so much!!! :) You are welcome!

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