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How To Bake Bread In A Crock Pot Or Slow Cooker

Updated on August 16, 2012

Culinary Basics - Baking with a Crock Pot

Baking with a crock pot? You might not believe that this can be done but I am here to say that it can! I have made delicious bread pudding in my crock pot and when the temperatures soar to 100 degrees, it is a wonderful tool to be able to use instead of a conventional oven.

Part of culinary basics is being able to improvise and think of new and innovative ways to create standard dishes - baking with your crock pot is one such cooking technique.

There are many great books on baking in a crock pot on the market. Check some of them out below.

Baking in your crock pot is a wonderful tool to add to your culinary basics arsenal!

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Crock Pot Bread Pudding Recipe

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 eggs, beaten (or substitute 3/4 cup egg substitute)
  • 3-1/2 cups non-fat milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1-2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt if desired
  • 3 cups bread cubes or soft torn bread or rolls
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup raisins (golden or regular)
  • 1 banana, sliced, optional OR
  • 2 apples, cubed, optional OR
  • 2 peaches, cubed, optional

PREPARATION

  1. Spray inside of crock pot insert with cooking spray to avoid sticking and make clean-up easier. I spray a few inches up from the bottom.
  2. Combine all ingredients.
  3. Gently stir until bread crumbs or cubes are thoroughly moistened.
  4. Place mixture in the greased slow cooker.
  5. Cook on HIGH for 3 to 4 hours, or until a knife inserted in center comes out clean.
  6. Serve hot or cold.

Using Your Crock Pot to Bake

There are many, many recipes that you can cook up in your slow cooker or crock pot that are hearty and delicious - here are some of my favorites! I have a wonderful cookbook called Fix It and Forget It and it has most all these recipes in it!

  • Tapioca Pudding
  • Rice Pudding
  • Baked Apples with Raisins
  • Caramel Apples
  • Fruit Compotes
  • Scandinavian Fruit Soup
  • Applesauce
  • Scalloped Pineapples
  • Lemon Pudding Cake
  • Cranberry Pudding
  • Black and Blue Cobbler
  • Pumpkin Pie Pudding
  • Apple Crumble
  • Apple Cake
  • Harvey Wallbanger Cake
  • Chocolate Fondue
  • Hot Fudge Cake
  • Chocolate Pudding Cake
  • Peanut Butter and Hot Fudge Pudding Cake
  • Corn Bread
  • Lemon Bread
  • Gingerbread
  • Whole Wheat Bread

I think you get the idea! There are a lot of recipes that are already created or that you can create yourself by using your crock pot! My favorite one was making tapioca pudding - although I have to say we had enough tapioca to feed the city. It was wonderfully delicious though.

Tips on Crock Pot Baking for Breads

Using the crock pot to bake bread is just one more wonderful way to bake in your slow cooker.

Here are some great tips!

  • If baking bread, you can use 1, 2 or 3-pound coffee or nut cans - or any metal mold that holds 4, 8 or 12 cups of batter or ingredients (including copper molds)
  • Double thickness of paper towels
  • Aluminum foil or a small rack that fits inside the crock pot
  • For baking breads, you usually will grease the inside of the can or mold (or spray lightly with cooking spray) and then fill the can or mold about half full to allow for rising
  • Baking in a crock pot occurs when heat is allowed to circulate around the can or mold so you would either crumble up some aluminum foil to elevate the can off the bottom of the cooker, or place a small wire rack in the bottom of the slow cooker to allow that circulation around the bottom - you want the can or mold about 1 inch off the bottom
  • Cover the dough or mixture with a couple layers of paper towel - unless the mold or can has a lid - then apply loosely
  • Place the crock pot lid back on the cooker
  • Most often, crock pot baking is done on HIGH but check the recipe you are using for specific directions
  • Lift off the slow cooker lid to check for doneness - but do not lift too often as it takes roughly 20 minutes for the crock pot to get back to the temperature it was at before the lid was removed!
  • Remove the mold or can from the crock pot with pot holders or paper towels
  • Trick to removing the finished product after a bit of cooling? Use a can opener to take off the bottom of the can and then slowly, gently push the finished bread or product out the other end with the butt end of the can!

Summing Up Baking in your Slow Cooker

On those days when your oven is full like at the holidays or your kitchen is boiling hot because of the weather - you have another option! Baking in your crock pot or slow cooker.

Check out some of the great cake recipes as well for cooking in your crock pot!

Let creativity be your guide as you can substitute different kinds of bread such as raisin bread or cinnamon bread for a bread pudding recipe.

You can substitute different fruits or berries for different kinds of bread pudding for instance - or add to a tapioca recipe for a delicious twist.

Using your crock pot or slow cooker is a very efficient way to ramp up your culinary basics and the ease with which most foods are created in it makes it a must in my kitchen. I use mine routinely at least 2-3 times per week and baking is just one more way I've found to enjoy it.

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    • jiro profile image

      jiro 

      6 years ago from India

      very good hub

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      grace 

      6 years ago

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      applejuic3 

      6 years ago from San Diego, CA

      i must say i've never seen anything like it. i love the old man with the bread video! definitely going to be favoriting this and those videos for future reference. thanks :)

    • Benoitsmidget profile image

      Benoitsmidget 

      6 years ago from Boston

      Chocolate in a crock pot? I'm investing! Thanks.

    • akirchner profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Kirchner 

      6 years ago from Washington

      Good deal - the kitchen's always open~~~

    • RTalloni profile image

      RTalloni 

      6 years ago from the short journey

      Back again to say that is a fabulous bread making video and I'll be coming back to--soon I hope!

    • akirchner profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Kirchner 

      6 years ago from Washington

      Thanks, RT - I love my cooking in a crockpot or slow cooker and use it at least once or twice per week. Handy gadget!

    • RTalloni profile image

      RTalloni 

      6 years ago from the short journey

      Thanks much for these slow cooker baking tips and links. I'm looking forward to checking out the last link first, after I watch the bread making video. :)

      Voted up and bookmarked.

      Back to say I'm linking this hub to mine on cooking with hubpages chefs. Thanks!

    • akirchner profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Kirchner 

      7 years ago from Washington

      Plumbing - Thanks for the affirmation - yes indeed you can do all that and more!

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      plumbing 

      7 years ago

      Crockpots are perfect for anyone who wants to bake, but doesn't can't wait around for it to be done. Not only can you make meals in it, but desserts and breads can be made in there as well.

    • akirchner profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Kirchner 

      7 years ago from Washington

      Thanks, Claire for stopping by and I agree - don't know what I'd do without mine!

    • ClaireHaley profile image

      ClaireHaley 

      7 years ago from UK

      What would we do without slow cookers! Can't believe you can actually bake bread in them too. Great hub, thanks or the info.

    • akirchner profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Kirchner 

      7 years ago from Washington

      It is a great little machine and can do so many things. I love doing puddings and things in it too just because it makes the most wonderful aromas! Thanks for stopping by Kelsey.

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      Kelsey/Programmable Crock Pot 

      7 years ago

      I've never tried baking bread in my crock pot but there is so much useful information here that I'm willing to give it a try. Thanks for such an informative hub!

    • akirchner profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Kirchner 

      7 years ago from Washington

      Thanks for the read, fillyourheart - I use mine all throughout the year. Just did a clam chowder the other day....yum!

    • fillyourheart profile image

      Fill Your Heart Edible Memories 

      7 years ago from USA

      Great ideas, pulling my crock pot out right now!

    • akirchner profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Kirchner 

      7 years ago from Washington

      Awesome JJ - thanks so much and will have to check yours out!

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      jennyjenny 

      7 years ago from Somewhere in Michigan

      Great hub, I'm linking it to my own hub about crock pot cooking! Thanks for sharing! :)

    • akirchner profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Kirchner 

      8 years ago from Washington

      Great, Judy - glad you liked it and will have to make a note of your substitutions...that's what I love most about cooking - making it 'your way'.

    • judydianne profile image

      judydianne 

      8 years ago from Palm Harbor, FL

      I made your bread pudding recipe in this hub and it was delicious!

      I used almond milk instead of fat-free and substituted dried cranberries for the raisins. I used a banana for the fruit. My son said it was the best bread pudding he has ever had! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

    • akirchner profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Kirchner 

      8 years ago from Washington

      It is fantastic! Thanks so much for stopping by Liz.

    • lizmoss71 profile image

      lizmoss71 

      8 years ago from Orpington, UK

      What a brilliant idea! I have never tried baking in my slow cooker, but I'm very tempted to try the bread pudding recipe.

    • akirchner profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Kirchner 

      8 years ago from Washington

      Thanks so much for stopping by msannec - and yes, it is a great way to add to the techniques!

    • msannec profile image

      msannec 

      8 years ago from Mississippi (The Delta)

      Wow, this is great! We love our crockpot for meats, casseroles, etc. Now we have a whole new area to add to the 'pot'. Thanks for sharing these great tips.

    • akirchner profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Kirchner 

      8 years ago from Washington

      I totally agree - thanks so much for stopping in, Jan.

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      askjanbrass 

      8 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      I can't even count how many times I've been saved by a crockpot recipe. It's just so easy and everything turns out splendidly.

    • akirchner profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Kirchner 

      8 years ago from Washington

      Thanks judydianne for reading - yes, we are slowly but surely creeping up so I plan to do the same!

    • judydianne profile image

      judydianne 

      8 years ago from Palm Harbor, FL

      This is fabulous! The temperature here today is going to be 97 degrees F. It's a great idea to get out the crock pot.

    • akirchner profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Kirchner 

      8 years ago from Washington

      Hello, hello - thanks so much for commenting. I'm not sure about the genius part but you make me smile!

      Katie - same goes. You are too kind - I love just doing something that makes 'sense' and cooking without the oven on does as our temps start to climb.

      BK Creative - to you as well, many thanks for all the kudos. The zucchini bread sounds fantastic and now I must try that! I had forgotten about zucchini bread and that would be excellent in the crock pot.

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      BkCreative 

      8 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Excellent! Super! Brilliant! etc. I used to bake all the time in my crockpot - my favorite was zucchini bread (which was cake-like). Cooking this way is convenient, easy, fun - let's not forget fun, and I like the portion size - I really don't need to be forced to eat a two layer cake.

      The cakes stay moist too. Thanks for the recipes and a reminder of a great way to bake - turn off that oven!

      Rated up for sure and more!

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      katiem2 

      8 years ago from I'm outta here

      You are a genius I love you now more than ever delivering this fab crock pot cake, the culinary basics baking with a crock is drop dead my fave. I'm pulling out my crock pot today and baking something...What a great tip for summer baking it's perfect! Gonna run back up and rate this all that is good, share it and bookmark it. Thanks friend your a jewel! Peace :)

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      Hello, hello, 

      8 years ago from London, UK

      You area a genius. There is another wisdom you put on the hub. I love breadpudding and definitely try you recipee which makes a change.

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