So I was searching around the Internet and happened to come across the concept of making bread in the crock pot. I was like no way! but it's possible! And to make it even better- it's easy! Now a disclaimer here: this bread is not like store bought bread- considering the process of making bread the correct way involves rising, or even double rising, lots of kneading, special ovens etc. So this bread was a bit on the small size, it didn't rise too much, it also is a bit dense. This bread is a whole wheat/grain bread so that could be why it is like that. But...
Regardless, for a healthy bread that you make at home with no oven (aka no hot house), no kneading and no rising it is pretty awesome. Toast it up for breakfast or I even sliced it as thin as I could for sandwiches.
Perfect for making bread in the summer and basically fool proof. So go and try it tonight!!! I am going to experiment with different doughs to see different results.
Oh and sometimes the bread doesn't get that crispy texture on the outside- this one kind of did, but I wanted more- so just pop under the broiler for a couple minutes to get that nice brown crust. But be careful handling the dough out of the crock pot- it will be hot.
- 1 cup of (boiling) water
- 1/2 cup of bulgar (cracked wheat)
- 2 to 2 1/2 cups of bread flour
- 1 packet of active dry yeast (or 3 tsp of instant yeast)
- 1 tsp of salt
- 1 cup of whole wheat flour (or 1/2 of wheat flour and 1/2 of rolled oats)
- 1/4 cup of flax seeds* (or any seed/nut you have- like sesame, poppy, walnut etc)
- 1/2 cup of silken tofu (or you could use yogurt or cottage cheese)
- 1/4 cup of honey (or a about 2-3 tbsp of sugar)
- 2 tbsp of oil (I use canola)
- 1 egg
- In your crock pot line the bottom with some parchment paper and sprinkle with a bit of flour.
- In a small pot bring the cup of water to boil and add the bulgar- then shut off the heat and let steep for about 5 minutes.
- Add all your dry ingredients into one large bowl (bread flour, yeast, salt, wheat flour, seeds) and mix.
- In another small bowl add your wet ingredients- tofu, honey, oil and egg- beat the until the mixture is combined well.
- Drain bulgar (but reserve excess water if possible, I needed a bit more liquid for the mixture later for it to come together, so I figured use the left over water from bulgar- but you may not need it, or you could just use regular water)
- Pour the wet into the dry and mix until just comes together a bit, then add the drained bulgar.
- Mix until it becomes a dough. I had to knead it until it became dough (but just until it came together). (This is where you might need a bit more of that water or if it is too sticky/wet add more flour).
- Form it into a ball shape and put into your crock pot on top of the parchment paper.
- Close up your crock pot and put on high for about 2 to 2 1/2 hours. They say the internal temp should be at least 200 degrees F. You can tell when it is done- the crust will be firm and the dough will hold its shape.
- Carefully remove with mits or a towel and let cool before slicing. Let it cool on a cooling rack otherwise the bottom of the bread will get soggy.
- As I mentioned before if you want a crispy crust just put under the broiler for a couple minutes- just keep an eye on it.
* Here's the low down on flax seeds- if you can find them for a good price get them- if not, it's not the end of the world but here's what's so good about them:
- High in calories. Most calories are fat calories (which are common in nuts and seeds)
- Super high in iron, calcium, protein, fiber and vitamin E
- Excellent source of health-benefiting nutrients, dietary fiber, minerals, antioxidants and vitamins that are essential for optimum health.
- The seeds are packed with many important B-complex groups of vitamins such as riboflavin, niacin, thiamin, pantothenic acid, vitamin B-6, and folates
- Furthermore, flax seed is rich source of minerals like manganese, potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc and selenium
- Flax seed is rich in monounsaturated fatty acids like oleic acid. It is also one of the top vegetable sources of omega-3 essential fatty acids. One spoonful of flax seed oil provides about 8 g of omega-3 fatty acids.
- Helps lower LDL or “bad cholesterol” and increase HDL or “good cholesterol” levels in the blood.