Whole Wheat Bread in a Slow Cooker

My sister gave me a slow cooker (aka crock pot) a couple of years ago. She uses hers all the time. She is a very organized person and will whip something up before she heads to work and come home to a ready-to-go one-dish dinner. I’m not that organized in the morning and since we don’t have the counter space, mine is stored in the back of a cabinet and I often forget about it. This week, I pulled it out.

I have made various soups and casserole-type dishes in mine, but I wanted something new. While searching for recipes, I came across a couple things that I would have never thought you could make in a slow cooker — bread and cakes. How cool is that?

I make bread all of the time and I was excited to see how fast and simple the slow-cooker bread was. It didn’t have the delicious crust that I get with my standard recipe, but it is great for sandwich bread.

If you want to see all of the crazy things you can cook in your slow cooker, check out A Year of Slow Cooking. Good stuff.

The biggest challenge is finding an oven-proof dish that fits in your slow cooker.

1 tablespoon yeast
1/4 cup warm water
1 cup warm milk or buttermilk
1/4 cup rolled oats
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons honey
1 whole egg
1/4 cup millet
2 tablespoons ground flax seeds
2 3/4 cups whole wheat flour


  • Grease a deep ovenproof dish (I used a 1.5 quart Corningware dish). Make sure it fits in your slow cooker.
  • In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water; mix and let sit for five minutes.
  • Add milk, oats, salt, oil, honey, egg and ground flax seeds. Mix well.
  • Add flour and knead until smooth and elastic, about 5 minutes.
  •  Turn dough into the prepared oven-proof dish.
  • In bottom of the slow cooker, place 1/2 cup of water and a trivet or something to elevate the dish off the bottom of the cooker.
  • Place dish on the trivet; set a piece of oiled foil over the dough. From what I can tell, the foil is to keep the condensation from making the top soggy.
  • Cover and bake on high for 3 hours.
  • Remove and let cool on a wire rack.

Shared in Whole Foods for the Holidays.

5 Responses to “Whole Wheat Bread in a Slow Cooker”

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  2. CL says:

    What is millet? And is there a substitute for it, such as wheat germ?

  3. kara says:

    Thanks for reading! Millet is a small, round grain. I don’t use wheat germ much, but you could use it instead. You can omit it all together or substitute flax seeds or chia seeds.

  4. Pat Serio says:

    I made this recipe. First – it tastes FANTASTIC – I had softened butter waiting for the removal from the crock. It did fall in the middle and burned on one side. Since it was not fully cooked in the center, after 3 hours, I left it for another 1/2 hour. I think it fell because, unlike a preheated oven, the crock was cold. Before preparation, I preheated the metal mixing bowl and placed it on a cutting board, so the yeast wouldn’t get cold. I did find the dough was quite gooey so, when I kneaded the dough, I mixed in about 1/2 cup additional WW flour. I also turned the dough, to pick up a bit of butter for coating, when placed in the casserole dish. Next time (and there will be one), I will try grinding the wheat berries in the Vitamix, that way the flour will be quite toasty and the dough may not fall. Do you think if I also preheated the crock before putting the casserole dish in, that the dough might not fall so readily? For the bottom of the crock, I took an aluminum pie plate and cut off most of the side, leaving about 1/2″ high, then folded down two sides to get it into the oval crock. You wouldn’t happen to have a recipe developed for rye bread, by any chance???

  5. Pat Serio says:

    Kara – I did make this bread for a second time. I preheated the crock and the casserole dish. Everything else was the same. I did not grind the wheat berries the second time, so I would have hot flour. Both times, the bread fell in the center. Do you have any idea why? It was cooked in the middle, but I didn’t think it worthy of gift-giving. Aw, too bad; I had to eat the whole thing ; ]

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