Because I am usually a “throw everything but the kitchen sink” crockpottin’ kinda gal, it’s SUPER hard for me to follow recipes for my crockpot meals! I usually am at a loss for what kind of recipes to look for so I usually give up and don’t make anything…. productive right?
Well, I wanted to try to make some sort of bread in the crockpot because I did look for some of those recipes! I’ve had the ingredients for mmmm 3 weeks now? But every time I go to start it, I realize I don’t have enough time (again with the time management thing). But yesterday I was ALL ABOUT IT!
I found this recipe online from Chickens in the Road and I figured it was relatively simple and I could probably do it…. most of the others I found had specific times for kneading (I don’t even know what kneading really is) and had wayyyyyyyy too many in depth instructions for what I was supposed to do! The best part about this recipe is that I only had to buy yeast and I had everything else!
1 1/2 cups warm water
1 teaspoon yeast
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons sugar
3 1/2 cups flour
- Combine water, yeast, sugar, and salt – let sit for 5 minutes
- Stir in 1.5c of flour and mix with a heavy spoon
- At this point, I added in 1 tbsp of flax seeds for some extra nutrients
- Add the rest of the flour and continue stirring – gets REALLY tough
- Add some more flour and begin kneading (again, I don’t know what this is so I just tossed it around)
- This is where things got tricky… I’m not very good when recipes are vague and say “the amount of flour is approximate”, I never know what to do and feel like I’m gonna mess it up! (luckily, I didn’t….I don’t think)
- Continue kneading (aka tossing around) until the dough is smooth and elastic
- Grease a bowl and put the dough in
- Cover and let rise for 30-60 minutes (I waited the full 60 for mine)
- Uncover bowl, sprinkle with flour and knead again
- Play in the flour and cover your hands and shape the dough into a basketball
- Place into a greased 3.5 q. crock pot
- Turn the crock pot on low
- VERY IMPORTANT: allow a little bit of a crack in the lid so that your bread doesn’t get mushy!
- Allow the bread to cook for 1 hour, dump it out and reenter the opposite way for equal cooking
- Cook for 1 more hour then remove!
- Viola! Bread!
For the most part, the bread cooked pretty evenly – they are some spots that are still a little bit doughy, but all-in-all, it’s pretty fantastic. I have enjoyed it for breakfast, warmed a little in the microwave, with a little bit of jam! Yummy!
I can’t wait to make this bread again, it was delicious! I am also really hoping to get the bread maker we registered for because it won’t require me to be around every hour while I’m baking the bread! 🙂
The Best Bread Ever – Kim takes wayyyyy better pictures than I do.
Crockpot Monkey Bread! Sounds phenomenal!