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.