Crock-pot Bread (Fast Bread in a Slow Cooker) √
Makes 1 loaf (8 servings).
Note: Zoë François admits she had her doubts about this recipe. She worried that the slow cooker wouldn’t get hot enough, or that it would take too long or that the dough would not bake all the way through. She worried about the crust becoming brown. “Oh, how wrong we were,” she admits. The slow cooker actually takes less time than the oven because the rising time is included in the baking. This loaf does not develop a brown crust so François suggests running the bread under the broiler to finish it off. If the manufacturer of your slow cooker says the pot has to be at least partially filled with liquid, do not use this recipe. From “The New Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day.”
• 1 lb. (grapefruit-size portion) Master Recipe dough (recipe at right)
• All-purpose flour, for dusting
• Parchment paper, for baking
On baking day, dust the surface of the refrigerated Master Recipe dough with flour and cut off a 1-pound (grapefruit-size) piece. Dust with more flour and quickly shape it into a ball by stretching the surface of the dough around to the bottom on all four sides, rotating the ball a quarter turn as you go. Place the shaped ball on a strip of parchment paper wide enough so there is 1 inch on each side. (No need to let dough rise.)
Use the parchment as a sling and lower into a 4-quart Crock-Pot or other slow cooker (keep the parchment in the slow cooker). Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions for proper use and do not leave the slow cooker unattended.
Turn the temperature to high and put on the cover.
Bake for 1 hour (this will depend on your slow cooker; you may need to increase or decrease the time). To check for doneness, it should feel firm when you gently poke the top of the loaf.
The bottom crust should be nice and crisp, the top of the loaf will be quite soft. For a darker, crisper crust, remove the parchment paper and place the bread under the broiler for 5 minutes or until it is the color you like, with the rack positioned in the middle of the oven. Let the loaf cool completely before slicing.
Nutrition information per serving:
Calories 94 Fat 0 g Sodium 167 mg
Carbohydrates 20 g Saturated fat 0 g Calcium 5 mg
Protein 3 g Cholesterol 0 mg Dietary fiber 1 g
Diabetic exchanges per serving: 1 bread/starch.