Slow Cooker Rosemary Olive Oil Bread

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By: Lydia Sheaks
lsheaks@elkharttruth.com

One of the foods you can make using your slow cooker is bread. If you bake often, you probably have these ingredients on hand. 

This bread takes just about an hour and a half prep time (part of that is letting the dough rise, so you can do other things during that time) and two hours of cooking time. In some ways, it’s simpler than bread baked in an oven. 

Don’t have a slow cooker yet? Here’s why you need one. 

Rosemary Olive Oil Bread
Recipe originally from Host the Toast blog.

Ingredients 

  • 3½ cups all purpose flour
  • 1 packet dry active yeast (2¼ teaspoons)
  • 1¼ cups warm water
  • ¼ cup fresh rosemary, chopped, divided (can also use dried rosemary)
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt or kosher salt, divided

Other supplies 

  • Paper towels
  • Parchment paper
  • Slow cooker

Directions 

  1. In a large bowl, mix together the water, yeast, and sugar. Let sit 10 minutes. The mixture should become bubbly.
  2. Stir in half of the salt (½ 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Remove the dough from the bowl and gently roll it into a ball on a floured surface. Let it sit for another 20 minutes.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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’s done, but if you would like a brown crust place the bread on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and put it under the broiler for a quick 3 to 5 minutes.
  8. Let cool before slicing. Serve with extra olive oil drizzled on top, or spread slices with butter or a favorite spread.
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