One of the things that I try to avoid is using my oven during the summer – it really heats up my house. Since I don’t have a bread maker, I have been searching for an alternative way to bake homemade bread without making my house unbearable! I came across a recipe for baking it in a slow cooker from the book “Fix It and Forget It” by Dawn Ranck and Phyllis Pellman Good – great book, I’ve adapted quite a few recipes from it.
The bread turned out great – although the next time I make it, I will need to find a better baking dish. As the bread bakes, it forms to whatever container you place it in – I used a disposable foil baking sheet (I didn’t have a loaf pan small enough for my slow cooker). Next time, I want to try making it in a large coffee tin.
It sliced well, and I served it warm with my Simple Baked Apple Butter (recipe here). I hope you try it – it’s wonderful how easy it is!
Whole Wheat Bread
2 cups warm milk
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/4 cup honey or brown sugar
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 package active dry yeast
2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
Mix together milk, oil, honey, salt, yeast and half the flour. Beat together for 2 minutes. Add in remaining flour – mix well. The dough will be very wet and soft. Place dough in a well-greased bread or cake pan that will fit into your slow cooker. Cover with well-greased tin foil (very important). Place in slow cooker. Cover cooker and bake on high for 2 1/2 – 3 hours. Remove pan and uncover. Let stand for 5 minutes. Serve warm.
The things I love most about this recipe is that it took almost no time to put together and I didn’t have to turn on the oven! I definitely will be trying out more recipes like this one! In particular, I am working on baking my Hearty Oatmeal Molasses Bread in the same manner.
The total cost for one loaf of this bread is $.65 – VERY budget friendly! You can’t buy bread for that price!
What types of things do you make in your slow cooker? Have you ever tried baking bread or other baked goods in yours? I’d love to hear from you!
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