This is probably one of the most exciting recipes on my blog site!
This is the easiest Crockpot Bread recipe that you will ever make. All you need is a crockpot!
If you have been a faithful reader of my blog, then it should come as no surprise to you that I have a serious love/hate relationship with yeast. I don’t know if any of you have experienced yeast sometimes working and sometimes not working? Yep…it happens to me too. Please don’t think because I am a “recipe developer” that things don’t fail me also. In fact, I should keep all of my failed recipes and share them with you so you can see how many recipes go from my brain to the trash. It’s quite impressive actually. In any case, yeast is the one ingredient I have yet to master. I mean, is it alive, is it a bacteria, will it rise, am I using the right kind, blah…blah…blah. It’s such a weird thing for me. But today my friends, I am going to share with you an awesome recipe on how to get that yeast rise and how to make delicious bread at the same time. This will all take place in a crockpot.
OH YEA! OH YEA! OH YEA!
So you should know that I have research and prowled the internet for Crockpot Bread recipes just so I can understand the different processes and techniques that people have used that has resulted in delicious and crusty bread! Although there were only about 2 different techniques that I saw the most, there were different bread recipes and I was kind of scared as to which one I should trust. So you know what I did, I just stuck to a basic bread recipe. That’s it! It worked out perfectly! I couldn’t have planned it better myself. Going back to the different techniques that I came across, I saw one technique that still required the dough to rise for an hour and kneading. I didn’t want to do that as I thought it kind of defeated the purpose of this being something very easy and simple. The last common technique that I came across only required you to put the ingredients together, knead just enough to make the dough smooth, and put in your crockpot. Guess which one I picked? You damn right! The problem that I have with yeast is making it rise. So if I can put the bread in something that will do all the work for me (rise the dough and bake the dough) I am going to do just that.
Crockpot Bread is the revelation, the solution, the savior in our bread making dilemmas people. The crockpot has been the key this entire time and it has stared at us in our faces. Every time we put that dough together and it doesn’t rise, you know what the crockpot has said from our kitchen countertops? “Suckers! I can rise the dough and bake the dough if you just get a clue.” To our “cluelessness” we didn’t have a clue that the crockpot was the key to making amazing bread. Now that I think about it, what the heck do we have bread makers for? That’s highway robbery right there. If you want some delicious bread, make the dough and put it in your crockpot. It’s that easy.
- 3 c. warm water (not higher than 100 Degrees)
- 1 packet Rapid Yeast
- 1 ½ tbsp. salt
- 2 tbsp. fresh rosemary, chopped
- 7 ½ c. all purpose flour
- Put the crockpot on high heat and allow to preheat while you are making the bread. Line the crockpot with parchment paper. Close with lid.
- In a large bowl of a standing mixer, add 3 cups of warm water, the packet of Rapid Yeast, and salt. Using the dough hook, very slowly start to add the flour a cup at a time into the bowl. Once you have added 3 cups of flour add the rosemary to the dough and allow to mix evenly.
- Continue adding the rest of the dough a cup at a time. Increase speed of mixer if the dough gets too tough. Once all the dough has been added, turn the dough to a slightly floured surface.
- Knead the dough until smooth (about 5 times), fold the dough into a ball and place into the crockpot and cover with lid. Place a clean kitchen towel on top of the lid and keep covered. Allow the dough to bake for 4 hours.
- Once the dough is finished baking, you can put it in the oven under the broiler for 5 minutes just long enough to get brown and crusty. Allow to cool, slice, and serve.