Slow Cooker Bread

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Homemade Slow Cooker Bread is always much more delicious than store-bought, and this recipe couldn’t be easier. This simple white bread is easy to make and uses ingredients you probably already have on hand.

Once you make your first loaf of bread in the slow cooker you will want to make it every week. This bread recipe can be used as a base for so many different variations!

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Homemade Slow Cooker Bread is always much more delicious than store-bought, and this recipe couldn’t be easier.

When you want homemade bread without much hassle, get out your trusted slow cooker! Enjoy slow cooker bread as an appetizer or side to any dish. It’s especially great with soup.

Out of all the bread I’ve made, this slow cooker version just might be my favorite.

Homemade Slow Cooker Bread is always much more delicious than store-bought, and this recipe couldn’t be easier.

I mean, who would have thought a loaf this gorgeous could be produced in a small appliance designed to slowly cook meats, vegetables, and soups. I just can’t get over how lovely it is.

I’ve dabbled in the slow cooker method before. I made slow cooker orange sweet rolls and slow cooker monkey bread. Each was tasty but nothing like today’s bread.

Homemade Slow Cooker Bread is always much more delicious than store-bought, and this recipe couldn’t be easier.

I’ve also made so many other variations of bread, from parmesan cloverleaf rolls to rosemary olive beer bread to the best ever banana bread, the list goes on and on. But, I am loving how slow cooker bread turns out.

It has the texture of a steam bun – so soft and moist.

This bread is possibly the easiest of yeast bread. The dough is prepped the night before simply by mixing all the ingredients together. Then, it sits on the countertop with plastic wrap over the top.

Homemade Slow Cooker Bread is always much more delicious than store-bought, and this recipe couldn’t be easier.

When you wake up the dough will have developed gluten and doubled, almost tripled, in size. And it will smell of wonderful yeast dough. I love that smell!

When you are ready to bake the bread, just turn it out onto a lightly floured surface and fold it over on itself a couple times. Shape it into a ball and place it in the slow cooker.

It takes around two hours to bake. The effort is minimal and the reward is great!

Homemade Slow Cooker Bread is always much more delicious than store-bought, and this recipe couldn’t be easier.

There’s no kneading and no waiting for the dough to rise before baking. It will plump up in the slow cooker and turn into a beautiful rustic bread.

Bread in the slow cooker will not brown. The crust will remain light in color. Because of this, I like to pop it under the broiler for about 5 minutes once it’s finished baking. This will give the crust a lovely golden color.

This is why I love baking! ⇓⇓

Homemade Slow Cooker Bread is always much more delicious than store-bought, and this recipe couldn’t be easier.

*Always double check your slow cooker’s manufacturer instructions before attempting this recipe. Some models require the pot to be partially filled with liquid to avoid safety or durability problems. Also, never leave the slow cooker unattended.

For more incredible yeast bread recipes, try this Rosemary Cheese Bread and these Hawaiian Sweet Rolls.

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Homemade Slow Cooker Bread is always much more delicious than store-bought, and this recipe couldn’t be easier.
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Slow Cooker Bread

Homemade Slow Cooker Bread is always much more delicious than store-bought, and this recipe couldn’t be easier. This simple white bread is easy to make and uses ingredients you probably already have on hand. Once you make your first loaf of bread in the slow cooker you will want to make it every week. This bread recipe can be used as a base for so many different variations!

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Yields 10 servings
Calories 173 kcal
Author Jen Sobjack

Ingredients

  • 3 and 1/2 cups bread flour
  • 2 and 1/4 teaspoons instant yeast (1 envelope)
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 and 1/2 cups warm water (105-115°F)

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, combine the flour, yeast, and salt. Stir with a whisk. Slowly pour in the water. Stir with a wooden spoon until well blended and the dough forms into a ball. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let it set on the counter overnight, 8-18 hours.

  2. Line the bowl of the slow cooker with parchment paper.

  3. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface. With well-floured hands, flatten the dough into a 9-inch circle, then fold it over onto itself and shape it into a ball. Place the dough into the prepared slow cooker. Place a double layer of paper towel under the lid to prevent condensation from dripping onto the rolls. Turn the slow cooker on high and cook for 2 hours or until the bread is cooked through.

  4. Remove the bread by lifting them out with the parchment paper. 

  5. The fully cooked bread will have a light, soft crust. If you desire a golden crispy crust, place the bread under the broiler for 5 minutes. Set the bread on a wire rack to cool completely before slicing.

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Recipe Notes

*Always double check your slow cooker's manufacturer instructions before attempting this recipe. Some models require the pot to be partially filled with liquid to avoid safety or durability problems. Also, never leave the slow cooker unattended.

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15 Comments

  • Chris Hansley

    This looks and sounds wonderful. What size slow cooker would be best for this recipe? I have a round 4 quart and an oval 6 quart. My best guess would be the 4 quart. This will be my first baking experience in a slow cooker so I don’t want to waste the ingredients. Thanks for the help and all the great recipes I see on the internet.

    • Jen Sobjack

      Either will work. I used an oval 6-quart slow cooker as pictured in the post. This allowed the loaf to spread and it didn’t bake up as tall. If you use a round 4-quart slow cooker, the loaf will be tall instead of wide.

  • Alysa

    Do you think that it would be possible to leave this for 8 hours or so if it was on low? Hoping to plug it in before work and have fresh bread when I get back! 🙂

    • Jen Sobjack

      Unfortunately, the low setting isn’t hot enough to bake the bread all the way through even if it’s left for 8 hours. And I never suggest leaving a slow cooker unattended.

  • Janet Hunter

    I made this today..lovely..I liked the fact no waiting for it to prove. I used an oval slow cooker, but put the bread into a loaf shape tinfoil.

  • susan

    I love how easy this recipe is. Having fresh crusty bread with just a little planning. My home smells so good when it is baking.

    Have you ever added anything to it like garlic or shredded cheese?

  • Vera

    How would you recommend going about baking bread in a slowcooker if the pot has to be partially filled with liquid? All the slowcookers I have come across so far require a layer of water in there as well. My oven broke recently and I mainly used it for baking bread, so I’m looking for an alternative now.
    Thank you very much in advance!