Who Knew? Gluten Free Bread in a Crock-Pot
|February 28, 2012||Posted by Amee under Gluten-Free, Slow Cooker|
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New Post using a recipe not from a box, sandwich and sweet bread, and more tips I learned baking bread in five different crock pots.
When my husband and I got married one of the many gifts we received was a Crock-Pot®. I did not see the use for it, and it sat catching dust in my pantry. As the years went by and I became a better cook I soon realized the beauty of that lonely small appliance. I could make soups, lasagnas, chilies, and roasts. We even made our Thanksgiving turkey this year in a slow cooker.
A few weeks ago, a food blog I follow (http://www.adrizzleofoilapinchofsalt.com/) made a blog post about how they made this beautiful herbed bread in their Crock-Pot. Who knew you could bake bread in a Crock-Pot! I was intrigued and excited at the prospect, because we are “mostly” gluten-free, bread is my biggest cheat or downfall. I am not a great baker, and I have experienced limited success with baking my own gluten-free bread. My hope was renewed in that I might be able to provide my family homemade bread without all the stress of feeling like a baking failure.
This particular recipe was not gluten-free so I googled what I could find. Finally, I found this blog by Stephanie O’dea where she explained how to use boxed gluten-free bread mix from Whole Foods Market. The closest Whole Foods Market to me is over an hour away, but I did have another box of gluten-free bread from Gluten-Free Pantry. I followed her directions and my bread rose beautifully, but with my six quart crock pot I could only use a regular sized bread pan. The dough rose so much it dropped over the sides, and the middle of the bread fell flat. The bread cooked and tasted great, but it looked horrible and the bottom quarter was over-cooked compared to the top.
On my second attempt, I put half the amount split between two pans with the thought it would rise to the top of the pan, and I would get two loaves out of it. I did get two loaves, but they did not rise enough, but it still tasted yummy.
For my third and final attempt, I decided to put a buffer between my pan and the bottom of the Crock-Pot. Some Crock-Pot bakers suggest crumpled aluminum foil, but I had some canning rings, so I used four of those instead. I also did not put a spoon to crack open the lid like Stephanie did with her recipe to help it cook more evenly. Another change I made was to switch to a different pan. I did not use my regular sized bread pan, but used an oval white Corelle® serving dish I owned. It was oven safe and the same height as the bread pan, but wider. My hope was the bread would rise to the top, but not spill over because it had more area in which to spread. Three hours later I had a beautiful and evenly cooked gluten-free sandwich bread. I am so excited about this, because it was not difficult once I discovered a good system. It is less expensive to run my Crock-Pot than my oven, and I can make bread this coming summer and not heat up my kitchen. Throwing the bread in my Crock Pot is super easy. I set a timer, walk away and let the Crock-Pot do all the work from raising to baking.
How to Make Gluten Free Bread in Your Crock Pot
One box of gluten-free bread mix
(Follow the directions on the box in terms of ingredients)
Use a large slow cooker if you have one. Mine is a six quart oval Crock-Pot, but you could make bread in a circle slow cooker also.
Mix the ingredients as specified on box. Add crumpled aluminum foil or use some canning rings laid on the bottom to create an air space buffer between the bottom of the pan and the slow cooker. Put your pan with the bread dough into the Crock-Pot, put the lid on, and turn your Crock-Pot to high.
My bread was done in three hours, but different slow cookers cook differently. I recommend the first couple of times to check your bread at about the two hour mark to estimate when your bread will be done.
This is super easy and I wish I had thought of this sooner. I plan to do several blog posts dedicated to baking bread, cakes and many other things in my Crock-Pot. Enjoy and get to baking that yummy bread in your slow cooker!
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