How To Make Yummy Crock Pot Bread
Crock pot recipes are often what we turn to when we want to make food preparation easier, and in the case of this crock pot bread recipe, the process of bread making is made much easier. Moreover, the bread loaf doesn’t suffer from not being made in the oven; it is still golden on the outside with a perfect, fluffy inside that is great for slathering with butter. The one thing you might be missing in this bread recipe is a crispy crust. Zoe, the author of the Artisan Bread in 5 recipe blog, has an easy fix, though. The secret to getting a crispy crust on your crockpot bread is to place it under the broiler for a few minutes. Once you do that, you will be shocked by how much this bread resembles an artisanal loaf.
If homemade bread is one of your favourite foods in the world, but you have no time to make it, this crock pot bread recipe will be your answer. This bread starts with Zoe’s no-knead bread recipe which is mixed together in five minutes and only requires two hours of rising before being shaped and popped in the crock pot. If you don’t have time to do anything with the dough right away, though, you can simply store it in an airtight vessel in the fridge for up to two weeks. The flavour of the dough will change over the two weeks due to fermentation, but if you like more of a sourdough flavour in your bread, that shouldn’t be a problem. If you prefer your bread to taste more plain, simply use it earlier in the resting process. This dough can be used in many ways even beyond this crock pot recipe, and Zoe can provide you with information on many other kinds of loaves.
There is no wonder that bread has been a staple food of civilization for millennia; bread ingredients tend to be very simplistic and rely on the method to achieve the desired results. All this basic bread recipe will require you to use is yeast, flour, water and salt, which are probably staples in your kitchen already. If you don’t bake with yeast regularly, make sure the yeast you have the still viable before use. To do this, you can add a small amount of warm water and see if the water becomes foamy within ten minutes. If the water doesn’t, you will have to buy some fresh yeast for use in this crock pot bread recipe. A good way to limit waste if you don’t bake with yeast often would be to buy the smaller packets rather than a jar. Of course, once you make this bread recipe once, you may need the full jar of yeast as you may be baking this bread on a weekly basis.
The one thing you may have to watch out for when making this bread the first time is the cook time. This is because crock pots behave very differently and not all will hold heat in the same way. For the evenest cook, try to keep the lid of the crockpot on at all times, but you may want to check halfway through to see how the loaf is doing. The bottom of the loaf will be crisper than the top since it will be closer to the heat source than the top. You will know the loaf is cooked by if it sounds hollow when tapped on the bottom. Thank you to Zoe, the author of the Artisan Bread in 5 recipe blog, for sharing her crock pot bread recipe with us.
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