Crock-pot Homemade (Sourdough) Bread Recipe

Crock-pot Bread

Can you really make bread in a crock-pot?  The answer is yes!!  It is amazing, but the crock-pot can be used to make just about anything that can be baked.

Crock-pot Sourdough Bread

Crock-pot (Sourdough) Bread And the crock-pot bread turns out so nice and moist, too!

Crock-pot (Sourdough) Bread

Slow Cooker Days

Crock-pot Half Sourdough Bread @

It just started getting hot here in the Pacific Northwest a few weeks ago (it’s August 2012 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. Crock-pot Sourdough Bread Slice

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. Crock-Pot Sourdough Bread Small

I have made this same size loaf of bread in my 7 quart and my 2 quart crock-pots (I broke my 5 quart and am currently holding out for a good price, so by Christmastime). Crock-pot Criss Cross Sourdough

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.

Crock-pot Sourdough Bread 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.

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Crock-pot Homemade (Sourdough) Bread Recipe

Cook Time: 2 hours, 30 minutes

Serving Size: 1 Loaf

Crock-pot Homemade (Sourdough) Bread Recipe


  • 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)


  1. Grease your crock-pot with coconut or olive oil, or line crock-pot with parchment paper.
  2. 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.
  3. 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! Finished Crock-pot Bread

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.

Broiled Crock-pot Bread 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?

12 Crazy Crock-pot Recipes

Want other sourdough ideas?

How about Sourdough Doughnuts?


Sourdough Doughnut, Vegan opt.

You can make sourdough pizza crust, calzones, or bread sticks with the same sourdough pizza crust recipe.

Pizza with a Sourdough Crust

How about Crock-pot Sourdough Caprese Pizza?

Thin Crust Crock-pot Caprese Pizza @

Or do you want to try making your own sourdough start and sourdough bread in the oven?  Try this recipe…

Sourdough Bread @

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    • says

      Hey Keri, I do have to say my best looking sourdough was 1/2 white, half whole wheat, but since going completely whole wheat, I am using the white whole wheat from Trader Joe’s!

  1. Tammy Hempel says

    I have a question about the crockpot. Does the crock pot have to be hot or just plop the bread in the cold crock and then turn it on? The original recipe calls for the dutch oven to be hot and so I was wondering if this would also apply to the crockpot? Thank you I am going to try this. It sounds wonderful. I do love homemade bread but stay away from it in the summer because of the heat. The crockpot would make it a lot cooler and I could still have fresh bread!! Thank you!

    • says

      I have actually done both. Since it bakes differently in the crock-pot, I wouldn’t worry about preheating the crock-pot, but you can.

  2. says

    What a brilliant idea! I never would have thought of this, but now I’ll be brave and try it after seeing all your beautiful successes! Visiting from Be Not Weary today and glad I did. :)

  3. says

    This is a wonderful idea! I’m wondering if it would work just as well with making gluten free bread. I have a wonderful recipe that comes out perfect each time I bake it, but would love to cut down on the use of the oven during summer time. I’m definitely going to have to give it a try ☺ On the note of sour dough bread…I used to make numerous loaves a week before my daughter was diagnosed with Celiac. I have been playing around with different gluten free flour blends and believe I finally got one that will work with sour dough. Once I get a stretch of time, I’ll give it a whirl and try it in the crock pot. Thanks for sharing!

    • Cara says

      Have you tried the GF sourdough bread? If so, are you willing to share your recipe? That is the one bread I do miss…

      Did you try making GF bread in the crockpot? I am interested to know how it went.

  4. says

    I’ve been baking my sourdough bread in the crock pot lately, too. I love it! It’s such a nice tender loaf, personally I prefer it to the one baked in the oven. Artisan bread in 5 minutes a day recommends popping the bread into a broiler oven for a couple minutes if you still want the golden oven-crusty look.

  5. says

    Thank you for sharing at Saturday Show and Tell. I hope you’ll be back this week to link up again! Have a great weekend! -Mackenzie

  6. says

    What a great idea, never knew you could make bread in your crockpot? I use to make bread so much years ago, this might help me get back on track! Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration with Sunday’s Best – you helped make the party a success!

  7. Yolanda says

    What a great idea! I have one of those little aluminum insert pans for a Crockpot, but I never knew I could just bake bread directly IN the Crockpot. Thank you for this!

  8. Connie says

    Just got out a mason jar and am starting the sour dough starter today! I haven’t had this since I was about 4 years old. Can’t wait!! Connie from Sadieloohoo

  9. says

    What a great way to make bread while getting everything else done in and out of the house. Thanks for sharing it. Have a great week!

  10. says

    I LOVE this idea. I hate how hot the kitchen gets when we bake – even when it’s cold outside. It just reminds me how inefficient the oven is. 😉 I am a huge fan of sourdough, so I think I’ll have to give this a go.

  11. says

    Do you have a resource on a good sourdough starter recipe? And other recipes? I miss baking at home and need a good sourdough starter since it’s so much better for you, plus plenty of recipes! Thanks!

    • says

      Hi Sarah, I just linked the sourdough start recipe in the post (it is included in the regular sourdough bread recipe), but here it is for ease: Thanks for visiting!!

  12. Doe says

    I’m sure this bread is delicious, although nutritionally lacking. I feel homemade bread is a great opportunity to add nutrients to our diets. You can add: grated carrots, grated zucchini, grated apple, wheat germ, wheat bran, oat bran ground flax seed, nuts, sunflower seeds, dried fruit, e.g. raisins, cranberries, mashed potatoes, dry milk powder, an egg You get the idea. Use combinations that appeal to you, such as grated apples and peanut butter. Thanks for the great ideas you provide – I’ve used many of them. You are doing a wonderful job!

    • says

      Hi Doe, Thanks so much for your encouragement. I have often used wheat germ, wheat bran and oat bran. I’ve done garlic powder and Italian seasonings. The nuts sounds fabulous. I am making two loaves Wednesday, so I think I’ll add them in. Thanks for the suggestion, and for your encouragement!!

  13. Katrina says

    Forgive me if this is a dumb question…. do I mix the dough and let it sit for 16 hours like the regular sourdough recipe before putting it in the crockpot? Or do you just mix it up and put it right in? Thanks!

    • says

      You still have to let the dough sit out for 16 hours when you make the sourdough dough. If you are using a different recipe with commercial yeast in the crock-pot, then you don’t have to wait. Thanks for visiting, Katrina!

  14. says

    in the sourdough bread recipe #6 -put dutch oven ord some kind of corningware with lid in oven–Is the oven on? and the dutch oven empty? as the next step #7 says to turn on the oven to 500 degrees.

    I haven’t tried yet, because I don’t understand this part …

    Thanks Sherry

    • says

      Hi Sherry, The Dutch oven is empty, and the oven is at 500 degrees. It gets nice and hot, for 30 minutes, and then you throw in the dough. Thank you for clarifying, and I will tweak that instruction to make it clearer.

      If you make this in the crock-pot, you can use a greased pre-heated (for 15 minutes or so) crock-pot or just put the dough in cold. I’ve done both. Crock-pot cooking is just a bit different. You don’t get the hard crust in the crock-pot, but the bread still tastes fabulous.

  15. says

    This looks awesome! I’ve been wanting to try bread making but have thus far been intimidated, plus so many bread recipes call for bread machines or kitchen aids or other things that I don’t have. But I do have a crockpot and I think this one might be manageable.

  16. Beth says

    I remember reading that a crock-pot costs about 20 cents to run all day, so it definitely saves you money that way too :)

  17. Vodika says

    I am on day 2 on my sourdough starter, it’s not smelling like beer or yeast yet, how will I know when it’s ready to use ?

    • says

      Just give it a few more days. It should start smelling sour-like soon! Try to keep it in a warmer spot, maybe by a stove or hot vent if it is safe there.

  18. Brielle says

    Do you still have to flour the dough until its not sticky and let it rise for an hour before putting it in the crock pot?? I doesn’t specify, it just says plop it in…my dough is on hour 8 of 16 :) of sitting on the counter! Can t wait to taste my first attempt at sourdough bread!!

    • says

      Yes, Brielle! Flour the dough so it’s not sticky and let it rise before putting it in the crock. Hope you enjoy!

    • says

      Yes, Brielle! Flour the dough so it’s not sticky and let it rise again before putting it in the crock. Hope you enjoy!

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