My First Crock Pot Bread


I bought a Rival Bread n Bake pan for my vintage 70's avocado Crockpot. I didn't spend much so it was a fun investment. I was surprised at how good the bread is! I used Paddy's sourdough starter and made a basic white bread but added barley malt syrup. What a delicious flavor! And it is moist with a nice crumb. Perfect size for DH and me.

badge posted by: dachshundlady on July 19, 2013 at 12:33 pm in General discussions
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reply by: KAF_Keri on July 19, 2013 at 1:00 pm

Oooh that's pretty! Makes me want to try it in my big oval crock pot! I bet I could make rolls in it even! How long did you have to cook that loaf, DL?

reply by: robinwaban on July 19, 2013 at 1:38 pm

WOW! I am impressed! That looks so...good. I've never made sourdough bread. I'd kill the starter like I kill my plants. Is there a short cut to making sourdough bread of you don't have a starter?

reply by: dachshundlady on July 19, 2013 at 1:44 pm

I baked it on high for 2.5 hours. eBay also has a larger size covered baking pan. People also bake in coffee cans(I fear lead) and canning jars covered with foil and with crumpled foil under the jar.

reply by: Wonky on July 19, 2013 at 2:21 pm

Very nice D'lady....looks great.

reply by: frick on July 19, 2013 at 2:48 pm

Looks great! Neat experiment. Some souffle bakers might also fit in the crockpot, and there are all sorts of stoneware bakers at places like Cost Plus. I doubt if the crock pot gets hot enough on the bottom to break stoneware.

reply by: KAF_Keri on July 19, 2013 at 2:58 pm


You could use a powdered started like this one: It's not exactly the same - it's considered a "Lalvain du Jour ", but it would be a good place to start (no pun intended) if you like the sourdough flavor.
You can also ferment dough or poolish type starters in a fridge long enough to make them develop a sour taste. Not quick the same, but something else to try!
~Keri @ KAF

reply by: Cindy Leigh on July 19, 2013 at 3:43 pm
Cindy Leigh

Wow, that's lovely! I never would have thought to try that. I've got one of the older crock pots. Not as old as my mom's, but from, like 1985. No bells and whistles.

reply by: dachshundlady on July 19, 2013 at 4:45 pm

Also made a fresh blueberry pie that I only had to bake the shell. So kept the kitchen from overheating. I posted the pie pic on the oil pastry thread. I make mine with half melted butter and, of course, use vodka for part of the fluids.
Robin, if you bake bread a lot you can also keep a piece of dough in an oiled ziploc from your last batch. It should be about 1/2 cup worth. Then incorporate this piece of dough into your next bread dough for a more flavorful bread. Then keep a piece from that dough and so on.
If I used stoneware I would probably put either crumpled foil or canning jar rings under the baking dish. And you bake in a covered vessel within the covered crockpot. Also, for yeast bread, preheat covered crock pot on high for 30 minutes. There are recipes online.

reply by: robinwaban on July 19, 2013 at 11:02 pm

Thanks, Mary Ann. Do I have to subtract anything form the main ingredients? If I make a polish, does it go in after I add the poolish? Interesting. I'm never very brave if I have to think out of the box, but I'm always eager to try something new.

reply by: anndyer on July 19, 2013 at 11:39 pm

This is a bit off topic but I would like to get some malt syrup. Can you tell me where to get it or should I just use non diastatic malt powder?

reply by: dachshundlady on July 20, 2013 at 7:33 am

Ann, I purchased my syrup in the "health food/organic" section of my grocery. I think Mike Nolan has a recipe called Austrian Malt Bread where you add Carnation malt, not chocolate. And I can never remember the difference between diastatic and non.
Robin, I just throw the old dough in with everyone else. And I don't adjust amounts; I just figure it out as I knead by feel. This crock pot bread didn't even get kneaded or rested to rise. Just mix it a few minutes in the KA and then form into a ball for plopping in the pan. Then right into the preheated crock pot. I may try not preheating some time to see what happens.
DH noted that I could have even baked this outside on the patio. Would be handy in a motor home if you want fresh bread and don't have an oven or have one that is too small.

reply by: anndyer on July 20, 2013 at 7:39 am

Thanks...never thought to look there. I will check!

reply by: Naughtysquirrel on July 21, 2013 at 3:40 pm

Good job DLady - looks great -
Robinwabin - check out the Artisan Bread in 5 Mins web site - they use their recipe and have a tutorial on crock-
potting the bread - I think it is the yummiest

reply by: robinwaban on July 21, 2013 at 6:27 pm

Thanks! I have that book. Ask me how many recipes I've made from it. On second thought, don't. But now I just have to make one!

reply by: hickeyja on July 22, 2013 at 4:57 pm
reply by: dachshundlady on July 22, 2013 at 6:35 pm

What started me on my journey was a 1970's Regal crockpot hardcover cookbook I found in a thrift store. The bread recipes mentioned the Bread n Bake pan so I bought one. I didn't know about these other methods. But now I'll have to look into these links.

reply by: robinwaban on July 23, 2013 at 7:24 pm

I'm working half a day tomorrow then I'm going to find a good thrift store. Would I do best in Boston, or drive 40 minutes to a small town in N.H.. I think turn over would probably be higher in the city because of large student population and, IMHO, city people don't cook.

reply by: robinwaban on July 24, 2013 at 4:46 pm

Went to the Salvation Army today. One Crock Pot for $20. Nope, not good. Nothing else. See, it's the suburbs and people cook. No good cookbooks, either.

reply by: omaria on July 24, 2013 at 5:45 pm

I have an old Rival crockpot, so decided to look on Ebay for the baking insert. Found an offer for 2 of them One large and one small plus rack. Got it for $15.00. Do not ask me about the shipping.LOL.
So when it comes I will have fun trying this. Thanks DHL.

reply by: dachshundlady on July 24, 2013 at 10:05 pm

I found another avocado one like mine for $3. But I'm waiting til Mon when it will be half price lol.

reply by: omaria on September 04, 2013 at 12:53 am

Bringing this back up.

reply by: Midnite Baker on September 05, 2013 at 12:16 am
Midnite Baker

Thanks, omaria, for "bringing this back up." I've been looking on ebay for the insert, also. And, yes, the prices are not too bad, but the shipping, well... won't say anymore. :)
Would like to say "thank you" to the two members who looked up the crock pot bread baking websites. They should be useful, when I get around to it.
DL, your bread looks very good and thanks for the tip on the rack. I thought the rack was made for the bread insert. Now, I know differently. M

reply by: omaria on June 25, 2014 at 11:07 am

Bringing this back up.