Bread made in the crock pot! Seriously? I was so enraptured by this idea when I read about it at Artisan Bread in Five that it literally paralyzed my brain. I had a hard time wrapping my brain around this concept and I had so many questions. Do you let it rise before you cook it? Do you cook it on low or high? Will it rise so high it will explode before it cooks? I mean, seriously, this is a crazy concept and I had my doubts. (Yes, I am always the doubting Thomas…I mean, Jen).
So as I said, I had my doubts, but decided to put it to the test and guess what? It turned out beautiful and delicious (not to mention, easy)! For a time-starved mom, using pre-made dough is the way to go! However, if you have the time, make the real thing from scratch (try this recipe –> Homemade White Bread In The Crock Pot). Let me know how it goes. I’d love to hear.
Other Slow Cooker Breads You Might Want To Try:
- 1 pound of pre-made dough (I used frozen Rhodes Bread)
- 1 egg, beaten (optional)
- 4-quart slow cooker (But I think any size will do)
- Parchment paper
- If you start with Rhodes Bread, it will be frozen. Simply put the frozen bread on a plate and put in the microwave on high for 1 minute. Turn, and microwave for an additional 30 seconds to 1 minute. You don't want to cook the bread, just defrost it. Your bread should be soft and doughy.
- Line the crock pot with parchment paper. Form the dough into a ball and place in the crock pot on the parchment.
- Turn the temperature on high and put on the cover.
- Not all crock pots are the same, so around 45 minutes check the bread to make sure it's not burning on the bottom. Depending on your crock pot, you may need to increase or decrease the time. For example, my bread took 1 1/2 hours to bake. To check for doneness, the bread should feel firm when you poke the top. Remove when done.
- If you like a crispier crust, turn your broiler on high. Brush the bread with beaten egg. Place the loaf under the broiler on the middle rack for 3-5 minutes or until golden brown. (You can skip this step if you like your crust soft.)
- Let the bread cool completely before slicing.