Sunday, December 30, 2012
Recipe: Bread in the Slow Cooker - yes for real!
A couple of days ago, one of my friends posted some pictures of bread that she made using this no knead dough recipe from the Simply So Good Blog. I was all set to make it until I read that I need some sort of cast iron pot. I contemplated the pros and cons of using basically everything I had until I realized that it wasn't going to work.
But, after sleeping on it, I decided to go back to an old favourite: Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes or less. I made this bread back in 2008 when I only had 1 child. When I made it, I didn't have a baker's stone but did my best. I even made it once in a toaster oven! Afterwards, life got busy and it was too easy to go to the Italian Bakery down the street.
Then I saw that that the Artisan bread people made Artisan bread in a crockpot. I didn't believe it so I had to try it myself.
I halved their original boule recipe:
1 1/2 cups of lukewarm water
1/2 tbsp granulated yeast
1/2 tbsp salt (if you like a saltier bread, I would suggest using 3/4 tbsp)
3 1/4 cup all purpose flour
I used my Kitchen Aid stand mixer to quickly mix it together. It didn't look at all like the 5 min dough. Theirs is very watery... Mine looked like dough already! Here's a pic of it under saran wrap. I let it sit for about 2.5 hours.
After 2.5 hours, I picked it up, made a ball, and placed it in a slow cooker lined with parchment paper.
I was a little nervous about how it would turn out but after 1.5 hours, I noticed that the bottom was crusty!!! But the top didn't look appealing at all. The Artisan authors suggest broiling it after it's done but I decided to just flip my bread upside down.
Kids had it toasted for their bedtime snack. I'm off to eat some too!