It's fun to bake bread in a slow cooker as it retains moisture.
Prep Time 10minutes
Cook Time 2hours
Total Time 2hours10minutes
Author Marji Beach
1cupof whole wheat flour
2cupsof white flour
1packetof active dry yeast
1cupof warm water
Oil to grease the crock pot
3-4Tablespoonsof olive oil
Rosemary for topping (or any herbs you like)
Coarse salt for topping
In a large bowl, mix the packet of yeast with the warm water and sugar. Proof your yeast by letting it sit for 10 minutes. Active yeast will create foam on top of the water mixture. See the foam? Good to go!
Add to the yeast mixture the flour and salt. Mix until you can form a dough ball.
After dough is formed, turn out on a cutting board dusted with flour and knead until dough is fully mixed.
Oil the crock pot thoroughly. Oil halfway up to the top of the crockpot to allow for rising of dough.
Place the dough in the crockpot and stretch out until it fits the bottom. If you are using a small slow cooker, split the dough in half and refrigerate the rest. You will be putting the top back on the crockpot, but you will need something to catch the moisture. Place a clean dish towel under the lid and secure it. You will need to let the dough rise for an hour.
After the dough has risen, drizzle olive oil, coarse salt, and rosemary on the top of the unbaked bread. Turn the slow cooker on high and cook for 1.5-2 hours. After 20 minutes, use your finger or a fork to indent holes into the dough. Check at an hour. The bread is ready when it has a springy feel to the center. Enjoy plain or with olive oil!
Focaccia, by the way, is a flatbread that originated in Italy more than 2,000 years ago. Old bread! If you like pizza, then pay homage to its precursor! You can also make focaccia pizza, because why not?