Bread is one of the most commonly cooked foods, and is eaten by many in some form every day. Making bread at home is a great way to save money, but it can be very time-consuming.
Fortunately, there is a way to make bread in a slow cooker, which can take some of the work out of the process. While you may not be able to make a large loaf of bread in a slow cooker, you can still make a nice-sized loaf for dinner, and it couldn’t be easier.
Making bread in a slow cooker sounds like an unusual method, but it is surprisingly simple. You can mix up the dough on your kitchen countertop then transfer it to the crockpot for baking. The whole process will take about 7 hours and you’ll wind up with a delicious loaf of bread that tastes even better if you toast it before eating!
Choose your type of bread
To make bread in a slow cooker, you’ll want to choose your type of bread. There are many different types of bread – whole wheat loafs, organic loaves and so much more!
If you’re just starting out with making home-made food it’s best to start with something that will be easier such as white/wheat or rye loaves.
White or wheat is perfect for beginners because they have less chances of failing while still tasting great.
Rye flour can also be used if the other two options sound too difficult; but this would require some training before trying it on your own because there are certain techniques when handling rye doughs which should not be done incorrectly otherwise all the hard work put into making the dough could go down the drain.
Add ingredients to the slow cooker
The next step is to mix all the ingredients together: flour, salt and yeast.
These three are what make up the bread “dough” so they’re important for baking a delicious loaf of artisanal bread!
It’s best not to use too much or too little dough because this will result in an either underdone or overdone piece of baked goodness. You’ll want it just right to give your palate that perfect bite when you take a taste out of it!
After mixing everything together into one large ball, set aside at least two cups worth (or 200 grams) of flour before adding any liquid – water should be enough but if needed milk can also be used though how much depends on personal preference; some people like their bread to be more crumbly and dry while others prefer it a bit softer, so if you’re unsure how much liquid is best for your needs go ahead and use the milk.
Next add in salt – approximately one teaspoonful or two milliliters should suffice. This ingredient will not only give flavor but also enhance texture since it interacts with water molecules which helps create that crispy outer layer of crust on baked goods after they are cooked!
Add yeast at this point as well; some people have concerns about using yeast because of its gluten content (which can cause stomach problems) so make sure when adding flour that you don’t overwork the dough so all those wonderful ingredients stay distributed throughout without clumping up too tightly.
Finally, add in the flour – a dough should form after you pour it and mix all of these ingredients together. If it doesn’t work as easily as you had hoped for or seems too dry, try adding some more milk to get that mixture just right so the bread will bake evenly when cooked since sometimes using flour on its own can make certain parts harder than others while baking.
There are many different types of slow cookers, and they all have their pros and cons. One important thing to consider when buying a slow cooker is how large it will be at the end result you want.
If you only need enough space for one loaf of bread, then a smaller capacity crockpot would work better than if you wanted to make two loaves at once.
The size is also something that should factor in how often someone wants to use the machine with larger capacities being almost always more expensive but having higher quality as well so keep this in mind before making any purchase!
The next most important feature on a good slow cooker for breadmaking is whether or not it has a timer.
If you plan on using the crockpot only during certain hours, then this is something that would be needed to avoid any abuse of power usage and also ensure your food will always cook perfectly for how long it needs!
The most common types of these are stovetop models which have three or four burners on the bottom; some may also include side handles to provide more stability when standing them up for pouring out liquids during use.
Another type is the countertop model which has only one heating element in it – this can be used as either a standalone unit or if you already have another conventional oven, they can sit on top of it to allow better temperature control.
Setting up the cooker
Before you start your bread in the slow cooker, it’s important to make sure that everything is set up and ready to go.
The first thing you need to do is remove any dirty dishes from the stovetop or countertops so there are no distractions when it comes time for cooking.
Next, don’t forget about a container of water – this will be used later on when we’re baking our loaf of bread in order create steam inside the pot which acts as an excellent vessel for creating moist baked goods.
Place the dough on a greased and floured slow cooker, cover with aluminum foil, then set your machine to high for about four hours or low for six hours.
A good way to tell that it’s finished is when you can press down in the middle of bread and get an impression without any resistance from dough inside pot. If not done yet, check again in 15 minutes.
Let the bread cool
When the bread is done, simply remove it from pot with a pair of tongs and allow to cool on wire rack for about an hour before cutting into slices or serving.
A good quality bread made in a slow cooker should have no less than 100% hydration (which means all of the flour was used) and an extended fermentation time so that yeast can work its magic.
There are many great benefits to making bread at home like knowing exactly what ingredients were used including gluten-free flours or even those with allergies who cannot make their own substitutions when buying from a store.