You've probably noticed.
We've been looking for ways to not use the oven.
We hit on the not-so-new-idea to use the crockpot to bake bread in. A simple Google search will take you to dozens of people who did it before we did.
First, make your favorite bread dough.
While it's rising, find a trivet or some canning lids that will fit in the bottom of your crockpot.
Now find a glass or metal container that will fit inside your crockpot on top of the trivet or lids.
Turn your crockpot on high and pour a cup of water into the bottom of it with the trivet or lids.
Grease the bowl and put it on top of the trivet, inside the crockpot.
Put the dough in the bowl and cover it all.
It took about 4 hours for ours to bake through, but when it was done it was one of the tenderest loaves we've ever made.
It was great with jam. And it didn't heat the house up.
Next up we're trying it with some homemade yeast. I'll keep you posted.