I love to find a good recipes that are full of flavor, with simple ingredients, and easy to make. I came across a bread recipe that you can make in the crockpot, this is the one I use here. At first I was a bit skeptical and thought that it would be mushy, well that is not the case. The recipe originally came from https://livingsweetmoments.com. I love to use fresh herbs, however, I usually end up only using just a small amount of the herb and the rest ends up going bad before I get to use them. So I changed the fresh herbs to dried and use both Rosemary and Thyme. The first time I tried this recipe I used way too much Thyme and it over powered the bread. After about three loaves of crockpot bread the amount of Thyme has been adjusted for perfection.
Since my family loves to eat bread (not so healthy I know) I try to control the contents and by making it at home I have all the control. So occasionally we run out of ingredients like flour (eek). The last time I made this recipe I was about 1 cup short of flour. I just so happen to have some tapioca flour and well it worked great and we even think that it made the bread a little more fluffy. So do not fret if you are short on an ingredient and need to substitute it.
I am not always the most observant person and during one of my attempts to make this bread yum, I used too much water and not enough flour (probably why I ran out of flour). In this case I just kept adding flour until the dough came to the correct consistency. It was another success. I did not add extra of any of the other ingredients.
So after all my trial and errors, which all turned out fairly well, here is my recipe:
I used the following kitchen tools
kitchen aid mixer with bread hook
- 2 1/2 cups of bread flour or all-purpose flour more may be needed (tapioca flour ok too)
- 1 cup of warm water
- 1 packet of instant yeast 2¼ teaspoons
- 2 tablespoons of honey
- 2 tablespoons of olive oil
- 2 teaspoons of salt
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1 Tablespoon dried rosemary
In the mixer using the dough hook, place the warm water, 1 teaspoon sugar, and the yeast. Mix lightly and cover for 5 minutes for yeast to activate
When the mixture starts to bubble add the rest of the ingredients
Mix on medium speed for 5-6 minutes or until dough becomes soft and elastic
Shape into a loaf and sprinkle salt on top (optional if you like a salty taste)
Line slow cooker with parchment paper
Place dough inside and cover
Cook on HIGH for 1 hour 30 minutes
Check the bottom to see if the bread is completely cooked (bottom should be browned)
Place the loaf of bread under the broiler for 2-3 minutes to brown (optional, and it gives the loaf that golden brown on top.