My oven gave up last week. Luckily, my stovetop is still cooperating. Let's just say that my Crock Pot and I have gotten really close.
Then it snowed. As we all know, snowy weather is baking weather. I was craving fresh baked bread. No dice.
Then it dawns on me, why can't I bake bread in my Crock Pot? I go scouring the internet looking for a bread recipe. As luck would have it, I find a healthy one with whole wheat flour, oats, and wheat germ. I mix it up. It bakes nicely, and....it's dry.
Round two. I skip the internet recipe, but use the same baking method. Bingo!
1 TBSP yeast
1/4 cup warm water (~110 degrees)
1 cup warm milk
1 large egg
2 TBSP olive oil
2 TBSP honey
1 tsp salt
2 3/4 - 3 cups flour
1. Turn your slow cooker in high. Grease a 1.5 quart glass mixing bowl and set aside. Dissolve the yeast in the warm water. Add this to a large bowl with milk, egg, oil, honey, and salt. Stir to combine.
2. Add flour 1/2 cup at a time and stir until a dough ball forms. Knead the dough for about 5 minutes, adding additional flour if needed, until it is smooth and elastic. Turn the dough into the mixing bowl and LOOSELY cover with foil.
3. Place 1/2 cup of water and a flattened, crumpled ball of aluminum foil or a metal trivet into the bottom of the slow cooker. Set the covered mixing bowl on top. Cover and cook on high 2 hours 45 minutes.
Unfortunately, I didn't take any pictures, because it went straight from the Crock Pot onto the dinner table. Though I certainly recommend allowing it to cool before cutting it.
Because I love a good shortcut, I use an extra large bowl to do my mixing and I then knead it in the bowl so I don't have as much clean up to do.
Now, I will say that this is not as fluffy and soft as bread baked in an oven, but it's easier and a wonderful stand in for times when you want bread and your oven is on the fritz or, say, it's really hot outside.
Best of luck! Let me know how yours turns out!