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How Do You Make Bread in a Slow Cooker?
Posted By Beth K On November 21, 2012 @ 2:00 pm In Home and Garden,Organic and Green Living | 6 Comments
I told you how much I love the Honey Whole Wheat Bread recipe. But how do you make bread without all the mixing, kneading, rising and waiting? Well, I wanted to make it easier to use for those of us with convenience appliances. This adaptation will integrate a bread machine and a slow cooker. What?! How do you make bread in a slow cooker? Let’s try it together!
Always make sure the water used in yeast breads is not too hot. When in doubt, it’s better for the water to be on the cooler side, more lukewarm. This just means the dough will take a little longer to rise.
My bread is made using the instructions and settings for my bread machine. Please consult your user manual for specific instructions that may be different.
Never leave your slow cooker unattended while in use.
Slow cookers are all designed to be used with liquid. The instructions will invariably tell you to NEVER use the slow cooker without liquids. I do not believe that my slow cooker is adversely affected by baking this very moist bread. However, if you are concerned about voiding your manufacturer warranty you can bake this bread in a soufflé pan over ½ cup of water in the bottom of the slow cooker. Place an appropriate trivet or crumpled balls of foil in the water to suspend your bread pan above the water.
Be careful when you raise the lid so as not to let any of the condensation fall on the bread. You can also loosely cover the dough with greased foil to prevent the drips from affecting the loaf.
This bread is best served cooled for an hour. Hot bread is terrible to slice and almost always seems doughy and soggy. Let it cool and the consistency will be perfect!
You don’t have to use a bread machine to make the dough. You can use a mixer and then simply place the dough in the slow cooker as directed.
You don’t have to use a slow cooker to bake the dough. You can form dough into a loaf on a cookie sheet. Bake for 25 minutes at 375 degrees.
This bread has a very soft crust. If you enjoy a crispy crust, place the bread on a cookie sheet. Bake on broil for a few minutes on the bottom rack in your oven.
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