|After about half an hour - the bread is rising!|
It's taken me a while to get around to this baking experiment as we have
|An hour later - looks good |
but there's a lot of condensation
1 cup of lukewarm water
3 cups of strong flour (I used half white and half wholemeal)
2 tbsp rapeseed oil
1 tsp salt
1 sachet fast action dried yeast
Put all the ingredients into a large mixing bowl. Mix together with a flat bladed knife until a dough forms, then knead with your hands until the dough becomes elastic. I prefer to knead on a largish flat surface and this dough batch took about ten minutes work to get to the right consistency.
Set the dough back in the mixing bowl, cover the bowl with clingfilm and leave it in a warm place to rise for about 30-45 minutes. Caravans are great for proving bread as they are always cosy!
When the dough has about doubled in size, remove it from the bowl. Knock it back lightly and then put it in the slow cooker pot. I did grease to pot with a little rapeseed oil first to prevent sticking, but this made for quite a firm crust. Next time I will try just dusting with a little flour first and see how that works.
Turn the slow cooker up to high and leave the bread for two hours to
|The finished loaf!|
After two hours (or thereabouts) remove the bread from to slow cooker. Tap the base - if it sounds hollow then your bread is cooked in which case set it onto a wire rack to cool before eating it.
As you can see in the finished photo - I am not sure why it insists on remaining sideways - there is a small circle of dampness at the very top of the loaf. This was caused by the amount of moisture that could not escape the slow cooker and so dripped back down from the lid. Great for stews, not ideal for bread! When we sliced the loaf, this moisture was only evident in the top couple of millimetres and did dry as the loaf cooled so wasn't a problem from the eating point of view, purely the aesthetic. The loaf itself was delicious with a good texture and I will definitely be baking yeast bread this way again. The slow cooker doesn't create unbearable heat in our caravan on warm days in the same way that the oven can, but we still got to enjoy that fabulous fresh bread aroma as it cooked.
|A slice of slow cooked bread|