About two weeks ago I made my first loaf of homemade bread – Banana bread doesn’t count. I don’t have a bread machine and since it is summer in Idaho, it’s really warm here – which means I avoid using my oven as much as possible. I began looking around online and came upon a post that convinced me I could use my crock pot to make bread! CRAZY, right?! I didn’t actually think it would turn out but I was willing to give it a try!
Like I mentioned above, I made my first loaf a few weeks ago with a simple white bread recipe that was specifically written to be baked in a crock pot. It was very yummy bread – soft on the inside and crispy on the outside with a great light flavor. But Jesse and I don’t really like white bread, we usually like something that is healthier or something with more texture. I rummaged through a TON of pinterest recipes and decided to give this Honey Oat bread a shot – even though it wasn’t a recipe for a crock pot. AND IT TURNED OUT SO GREAT!
Now – I’m going to say this first, cooking bread in your crock pot will NOT win you first place for prettiest loaf of bread. And to be honest, the bread my mom makes in her bread machine is even yummier than this, but this bread is pretty darn delicious and it is super simple to make! Here’s how I made it.
Collect all your ingredients:
- Instant Yeast
- Unsalted Butter
- All- Purpose Flour – I actually used bread flour instead
- Old Fashioned Oats
I misread the recipe when I took my ingredient picture because it calls for INSTANT yeast which is thankfully what I realized before I mixed it in. So here’s a picture of my instant yeast.
First, add 3 cups of flour to a mixing bowl…
3/4 cups of Old-Fashioned Oats (the original recipe says quick cooking oats work too)…
1 packet of instant yeast and 1 teaspoon of salt.
Set that bowl aside for now.
In a smaller bowl, or a Pyrex measuring cup, warm up 1 cup of milk then add in 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter and stir it around until the butter is melted.
In another measuring cup, add 1/4 cup of lukewarm water with 1/4 cup honey, mix together then add the milk/butter mixture to the water/honey mixture.
Pour the liquid ingredients into the mixing bowl with the dry ingredients. If you have a dough attachment put that on, if not, a regular mixer will work just fine for this step.
Blend it together until all the ingredients are just combined.
Once it’s combined, knead your dough for about 8-10 minutes. You can either do this by hand or with your dough attachment.
After about 5 minutes I checked my dough and it was still pretty sticky so I added a few more tablespoons of flour and then continued to knead it. When it’s still slightly sticky but doesn’t actually stick to your fingers your dough is done!
Keep your dough in the mixing bowl and add a little oil.
As you can tell in my picture, I added a little TOO MUCH oil, but it didn’t hurt the process.
Cover the bowl with a tea towel and let it rise for about 30-60 minutes or until it’s doubled in size.
Here’s what it looks like when it’s doubled…
I only double it once because the dough will actually continue to rise when it is in the crock pot. So now pull the dough out of the bowl and put it into your crock pot which needs to be lined with parchment paper.
It definitely shrunk a little in size when I picked it up, but that’s okay.
Rub on a little honey then top it off with a some more oats.
Cover your crock pot and put your timer on for 1 hr 30 min. The bread almost always takes at least 2 hours but I always like to check it 30 min before.
This bread recipe was a little bigger than my last recipe so it ended up taking just over 2 hours in the crock pot and since I have a larger crock pot, the dough spreads out along the bottom so it’s more of a flat loaf.
Take your loaf out of the crock pot and set it on a baking sheet, still on the parchment paper.
Now, the only thing the crock pot doesn’t do, is crisp all the edges. You can tell that it crisped up the bottom but it doesn’t crisp the edges or top.
In one blog I read, the author said she takes her loaf out after 1 hour and flips it so that both top and bottom are crisped up. But I prefer to just turn on my broil and broil the loaf for 4-5 minutes.
So like I mentioned above, it definitely doesn’t win for prettiest loaf, but it’s a really nice light bread that is really soft on the inside. The oatmeal gives it a nice texture and the honey gives it a little sweetness, especially on the top crust.
This bread is the best straight out of the oven, so cut it up and serve it with some homemade jam!
If I had a bread maker I would probably use that to make my bread, but since I don’t I’m definitely loving this multipurpose use for my crock pot!