It is amazing, but the crock-pot can be used to make just about anything that can be baked. It just started getting hot here in the Pacific Northwest a few weeks ago (it’s August as I write). I have not been wanting to use the oven (no surprise), so I have been using my crock-pot even more for creating unconventional crock-pot food like granola and bread.
I got the idea to bake bread in the crock-pot from this post @ Busy Mom’s Menu Plan, and then did more researching on-line because I like to have several sources if possible before I venture into something new.
Update 1/7/13**I just got a 4.5 quart last month and like that size best to cook the bread, as I have made it several times in the 4.5 quart already. I even store the bread in there (if there is leftovers), when I know I won’t use that crock-pot.
If you want to make a bread in the crock-pot, but don’t want to make sourdough bread, you can try your own bread dough recipe, and I’d love to know how it goes, especially if it is a non-white flour version.
- prepared bread dough-if you use your own bread dough recipe, the amount of dough you use should make 1 loaf pan (go here for the complete sourdough dough recipe which is made of 2 cups white whole wheat flour, 1 1/2 cups filtered water, 1/4 cup sourdough start (go here for the start recipe),1 t salt)
- Grease your crock-pot with coconut or olive oil.
- Place dough in the crock-pot. You can cover the dough with a paper towel or a thin wash cloth to absorb the moisture on top. I didn't do that on my first loaf, hence it looks a little glossy on top.
- Cook on high 2 1/2 hours checking after 2 hours. Wipe off any excess moisture on the lid when you take off the lid.
The Verdict: If presentation is important to you, I would bake this in the oven. Although, if you cut the crock-pot bread for presentation, it looks great, and the bread is still so yummy. This really is a great way to get some baking done without using the oven. It keeps the house way cooler, and the bread is still really tasty!
Update 2/28/13**If you want a harder texture on top of the bread, and you don’t mind using your oven, broil the bread for about 5 minutes, watching it carefully so it doesn’t burn.
I figured out the ingredients cost $0.61/loaf to make. You can go here to see the actual cost breakdown. I don’t know the price comparison of using the oven verses the crock-pot, but I think you save money using your crock-pot here, too!
Go here for the complete list of recipes.
Have you tried other Crazy Crock-pot Recipes?
How about Sourdough Doughnuts?
How about Crock-pot Sourdough Caprese Pizza?
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