Crock Pot Bread Baking (Fast Bread in a Slow Cooker)

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There are many uses for the crockpot including simple crock pot recipes for stews and soup recipes, or even baking recipes. Although you may be a skeptic where baking homemade bread in a crock-pot is concerned, the fact is that you can make a rustic loaf of bread in your crockpot in just an hour. Zoe, one of the writers and recipe developers at the ‘Bread In 5’ website, discovered that bread making should be added to everyone’s stash of crock pot recipes because bread dough would bake beautifully in a crockpot, the same as it would in the oven. For those who love a soft crust, though, this bread recipe is the best, because the crust will bake softer than it would in the oven.

The process of baking a bread recipe in the crockpot is not a traditional way how to make bread, but it is ideal for during hot weather in the summer when you don’t want to run a high heat oven. Also, having a crockpot means you could prepare your bread or bun recipe anywhere you like, and as Zoe points out, you could have in baking in your crockpot at the office if you are attending a work potluck. The heat of the crockpot won’t be enough to produce a thick crust on the loaf recipe, but will result in bread with a perfect, bubbly and fluffy interior that is perfect for making a sandwich out of or eating just on its own with honey, jam, or butter. To obtain a golden crust in your bread recipe, you need to rely on your oven, which can produce a higher heat than a crockpot. Steam is another essential component to getting that gorgeous crackling crust in traditional bread recipes.

Zoe identifies the bread recipe she uses in the crockpot, which has all-purpose flour, but if you want to use healthy baking recipes for bread, you could use an alternative flour, like whole wheat. Zoe does instruct that if you use a whole grain dough, however, you might want to bake your bread loaf recipe for longer than instructed. Alternatively, you could try adding a tablespoon or two of whole flax seed for some additional fiber content to your loaf, although you may want to adjust the water in the baked recipe slightly since flax seed can absorb a lot of liquid. Or, you could sprinkle the top of your loaf with a variety of large flake oats and seeds which won’t affect the structure of the bread, but will add a pretty appearance as well as some supplementary nutrition. Zoe even provides crock-pot bread alternatives, including a gluten-free crockpot bread recipe for a non-wheat alternative to traditional bread choices. Bread is such a culinary staple that it is exceptional that even now it can be prepared in new inventive ways, like in a crockpot. If the prospect of making artisanal bread recipes appeals to you, then visit ‘Bread In 5’ for their catalogue of recipes that you can use in the crock-pot. Thank you to Zoe, the recipe developer at ‘Bread In 5’, for sharing her experience at making bread in a crock-pot.**

Nutrition Facts for: Crock Pot Bread Baking (Fast Bread in a Slow Cooker) From Bread In 5
Ingredients: Flour, water, yeast, salt.
* Percentages (%) are based on a 2000 calorie diet * The entire recipe has been calculated for 1 loaf cut into 12 servings. *Per Serving: Calories 249, Calories from Fat 6, Total Fat 0.7g 1%, Saturated Fat 0.1g 1%, Cholesterol 0mg 0%, Sodium 874mg 36%, Potassium 93mg 3%, Carbohydrates 52.1g 17%, Dietary Fiber 2.0g 8%, Sugars 0.2g, Protein 7.4g, Vitamin A 0%, Vitamin C 0%, Calcium 1%, Iron 18%

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