Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Crockpot Honey Whole Grain Bread



For Pots and Plots, Thoughtless Thursday roundup I decided to make my crockpot bread.

I have said it before; I am no bread baker master. But everytime I make this crockpot bread it is a success. Yes, it's round. But I get over that once I get my hearty homemade bread fix. Actually the round shape lends itself to huge pieces, each of which is enough for one sandwich when halved.

This bread is so easy to make. No kneading, no peeking under a towel to see how the iffy rising is coming along. I just mix it in my Bosch mixer and then pour it into a ceramic dish that fits in the crockpot. And 3 hours later: VOILA! Oh it's too easy.

This recipe comes from one of those supermarket stand crockpot recipe books, Slow Cooker Recipes I make one small change by adding dough enhancer.

2 Cups warm (not hot) milk (whole or 2%)
2 TB canola oil
1/4 Cup honey
3/4 tsp salt
1 package active dry yeast
2 tsp dough enhancer (optional)
3 Cups whole wheat flour, divided
3/4 to 1 Cup all-purpose flour. (I almost always end up using the full cup).

1. Spray with nonstick cooking spray a 1 quart casserole or souffle dish or other high-sided baking dish. In electric mixer combine milk, oil, honey, salt, yeast, dough enhancer, 1 1/2 cups wheat flour and 1/2 cup all-purpose flour. Mix at medium low speed for 2 minutes.
2. Gradually add remaining wheat flour and 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup all purpose flour. Mix until completely combined. Unlike other bread recipes dough should remain sticky.


3. Transfer to prepared pan and add pan to slow cooker. Cook on high for 3 hours.


Remove from slow cooker and let stand for 5 Minutes before cooling on wire rack.

This week we had this bread slathered in melted cheese after a long night cheering at a little league game. Mmmm. Cheesy bread.

12 comments:

Cee Tindall said...

I've just recently fell in love with my crock pot. When I seen this recipe, I was intrigued! Can't wait to try it!

we are never full said...

ok, you've totally schooled me here - never knew you could make bread in a crockpot. very, very nice.

Frieda said...

Unbelievable! The next time you make this, can you show us a slice to see what it looks like inside? Thanks! You have a great blog!

hintonrae said...

Can you tell me what a dough enhancer is? I've made bread in a bread machine before but I've never heard this term. Thanks!

Lori @
hintonrae.wordpress.com

from my motorhome to yours said...

I make bread all the time and I have never seen this I am going to try it this week end

Colleen said...

What size ceramic dish do I need? dO I really need a dish to go inside it?

Rachelle said...

I just realized there were comments and questions made on here way after I posted. So Sorry for not answering.

Dough enhancer just gives the bread a smoother texture. You can usually find it in the the baking section.

Colleen I chose a ceramic dish that was about an inch smaller in diameter than my crockpot. I have never tried this recipe without the additional ceramic pot.

Miss Foote said...

This was amazing! Thank you!

Laurie
Chickadee Jubilee

Cat said...

Do you have to use milk? Can you replace with water?

ButteryMuffyn said...

might be an obvious question but, lid on or off? never made bread in a crockpot before :)

amy said...

could I do this on low for 6 hours?

peperoch said...

If bread flour is used instead of regular flour would that be the same as adding dough enhancer to the regular flour? this looks amazing!

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