Friday, July 20, 2012

Crockpot Bread

It's been hot this year.

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.

It's easy.

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. 

14 comments:

  1. I'm doing this today! We're out of bread of the edible homemade variety. Does it kind of steam in there? I imagine so. Steamed type breads are so yummy and moist. I sometimes have issues with over-baking and maybe this would solve the problem. I also have a big oval crock pot which would make a regular loaf... looking forward to the homemade yeast!

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  2. Ingenious! I have often wondered if I could do this, just never took the time to try it out. But I will now!! Love homemade bread! Carol

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  3. I don't have a crockpot type slow cookers, but one of those a separate base which heats up and a pan that sits on the base. I've used that to bake cakes, but never thought about bread. I'll have to give this a try.

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  4. Very cool! If we didn't have a bread machine, I'd totally be using this idea. :)

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  5. Awwwwwsome! Have you tried it with quickbreads? Like Boston Brown bread? Totally going to try this now that my kitchen is a cool 90 degrees. ;) Thanks!

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  6. Funny you should ask Janiel...I just did this with banana bread today! It took about two hours...I have a post coming up on it tomorrow. Wander over there if you want! I also used just a standard recipe. Yummy steamy bread...very moist!

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  7. I have been wanting an oval shaped crockpot but couldn't justify it; now I really, really have to have one. Your bread and Murphala's banana bread need to be on Msma Wolf's table! Thanks for this one.

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    1. I'm a firm believer in serendipity. An oval crockpot just like we want is going to appear right in front of us, soon - AND we'll have the money to get it right then. Life is good.

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  8. OK. I admit my fingers didn't work but at least "a and "s" are close together as opposed to "b" and g" as in "grandy"!

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  9. Did you set your crockpot to low or high?

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    1. Set it on high. It'll still take 3-4 hours to cook through.

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  10. So between you and Murphala it sounds like yeast and quick breads cook the same way. Very nice indeed! I thought the yeast bread might require low.

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