The bread maker is officially redundant.
Years ago I bought a bread maker with the intention of using it overnight. However I soon discovered that the model I had included a beeping sound about half way through the process, meaning it would wake us up. Not good. It has therefore sat on a shelf unused for longer than I want to admit 😦
Over the weekend I thought I would try making bread in my slow cooker. I had no idea if it would work and I didn’t bother to google it first. Results = easy, delicious bread with no effort!
The bread turns out the shape of the slow cooker which means it is more in the style of focaccia than a standard loaf. I’m sure it is still adaptable enough to allow you to add flavourings, toppings or grains/seeds if you want.
My slow cooker is a 6 litre/quart one, but this would work in any size.
- 1 sachet (7g/0.2 oz) dried yeast
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- approx 1 and 1/2 cups water
- 3 cups plain (all purpose) flour
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Spray the bowl of your slow cooker with cooking spray or brush with a little olive oil to stop the bread sticking.
- Put the dried yeast, sugar and 1/2 cup water into a small bowl and stir. Set aside for 10 minutes or until the yeast has frothed.
- Put the flour, oil and salt into your electric mixer and use a dough hook to mix. Add the yeast mixture, then gradually add more water a little at a time until the dough comes together. (If you add too much water then just add a little more flour.) Allow the mixer to knead the dough for a couple of minutes.
- Transfer the dough to the slow cooker, put the lid on and then cook on low for 7-8 hours.
- Serve and enjoy!