One of my favorite smells in life isn’t flowers, it’s bread. Like my grandmother, I love working with dough and having fresh bread baking makes your house smell like a bakery. I was intrigued by making bread in a crockpot. Of course in the summer time it’s nice not to have to fire up the oven when I don’t need to, and if traveling I wanted to test this theory out since no oven is ever the same. I agree with the original poster that it’s best to broil your bread when it comes out to give that nice outer crust on top. This may not look very fancy, but oh my is it delicious!! Hubby said it was better than any restaurant bread he’s ever had, so this one is staying in my recipe book.
Rosemary Olive Oil Crock Pot Bread
(Adapted from Host the Toast)
3½ cups all purpose flour
1 packet dry active yeast (2¼ teaspoons)
1¼ cups warm water
¼ cup fresh rosemary, chopped, divided
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon sea salt or kosher salt, divided
In a large bowl, mix together the water, yeast, and sugar. Let sit 10 minutes. The mixture should become bubbly.
Stir in half of the salt (1/2 teaspoon), half of the rosemary (2 tablespoons), the 3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil, and all of the flour. Mix until fully combined. Work it together with your hands, if necessary.
Lightly grease a large bowl and place the dough in. Cover it with a kitchen towel and leave the dough in a warm, draft-free area. Let it sit and rise for 1 hour.
Remove the dough from the bowl and gently roll it into a ball on a floured surface. Let it sit for another 20 minutes.
Set the crock pot to high. Line the crock pot with two pieces of parchment paper, leaving at least 2 inches hanging out of each side of the crock pot. Place the dough in the crock pot and sprinkle it with the remaining salt and rosemary.
Drape paper towels over the top of the crock pot and then place the lid on. This should capture any moisture that would sit on the lid and prevent it from dripping back onto your bread.
Cook the bread for 2 hours, and remove from the crock pot. It will most likely still be a bit pale on the outside. It tastes great this way, but I like to put mine on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and put it under the broiler for a quick 3 - 5 minutes to get a crunchier, darker crust.
Let cool before slicing. Serve with extra olive oil drizzled on top.
To line the crock pot with parchment paper, tear off a long piece and place it in the crock pot in a U-shape, and then take another piece and do the same perpendicular to the first piece, so four sides come to the top of the crock pot in different directions and the majority of the inside of the pot is covered with parchment paper.