Third Time’s the Charm – Crock Pot Bread Machine

by Ben N on October 21, 2012

If you’ve been following my blog lately, you’ve noticed my recent exploits with trying to figure out how to make bread in a Crock-Pot.

So, I figure that as long as I don’t get locked out of my house, or DOUBLE the recipe, I SHOULD finally be able to make a really decent loaf in a Crock-Pot.

This past Saturday, I saw Deborah Niemann at a book-signing for her new book, ECO-THRIFTY. (I had a particular interest in the book, as I am mentioned on page 163!) But what I was really interested in was her bread recipes. After trying her bread in person, I had to get a copy of her book and start trying it out.

I quickly read through the section on bread, and picked up some tips on making dough. I’ve always had trouble with dough being sticky, and the book had some good recommendations on how to help with that. For the time being, I thought I’d stick with the “No-Knead” recipe, since I’m already familiar with it, and then head on to Deborah’s recipes next – maybe for cinnamon rolls!

OK, here’s the real reason why I’m still doing the “No-Knead” recipe – the Crock-Pot with a Timer.

With the no-knead recipe, there’s really no need to handle the dough once it’s mixed together. That means it might work well for a set-it and forget it approach…. Which lines up nicely with Crock-Pot philosophy.

So, I went out to the garage, grabbed an all-purpose timer, plugged the Crock-Pot into it, set the time and tested it.

I whipped up a batch of no-knead dough, this time with it being less sticky than usual. I formed it up into a ball, and plopped it into the crock, and sprinkled a bit of flour on the top. I set the pot to “Hi”.

In theory, the dough should rise overnight, and the Crock-Pot will turn on at 8:00AM. Last time I baked bread in the Crock-Pot, it was a bit over two hours bake time. That was WITH preheating the pot. I set the timer for a 3-hour-bake. So tomorrow by 11AM, I SHOULD have a fresh-baked loaf of bread!

Of course, this is all an experiment. What really happens? We’ll see. I’ll just go unlock my back door first!*

Have you tried a loaf of bread in a Crock-Pot yet? Let us know!

-Ben

(For the results of this loaf of bread, please visit: http://ecoprojecteer.net/2012/10/crock-pot-bread-try-3-follow-up/ )

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

1 holly October 26, 2012 at 10:10 am

Hey – do you have after pictures? :)
I’d like to post it to my group’s page if this turned out awesome…

2 admin October 26, 2012 at 2:15 pm

Here’s the follow-up, including a few photos.
http://ecoprojecteer.net/2012/10/crock-pot-bread-try-3-follow-up/

3 ulysseskh February 5, 2014 at 4:55 am

try baking without using the ceramic pot , the aluminum outer shell of the Crock pot is hot enough to bake the bread .

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