I haven't shared a recipe for a while, and since I just HAPPENED to make this yummy slow cooker bread today for supper with the Missionaries, why not share it with you??
First of all - until a few years ago, I had no clue you could make BREAD in a slow cooker! Never mind making CAKE, and all of the other scrumptious delights that you can cook for hours with little effort! I love my slow-cooker SO MUCH, especially on Sundays - throw in everything including the kitchen sink, turn it on, and wait until my tummy starts growling :)
Okay, back to the Herb bread, after all you came her for the recipe not for my ramblings, am I right?
Here's what you'll need to have handy:
1 tsp. sugar
1 1/3 cups warm water
1 scant Tbsp Active Dry Yeast (or one envelope)
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 Tbsp sugar (yes more sugar - but not much)
2 Tbsp Cooking oil
1 tsp Oregano
1 tsp Sage
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp onion powder
1 tsp Salt
1 Cup flour
Stir the first amount of sugar in warm water in a large bowl. Sprinkle with yeast. Let stand for 10 minutes. Stir to dissolve the yeast.
Add the next 8 ingredients. Beat on low to moisten, then beat on medium for about 2 minutes.
Work in the second amount of flour and knead. Turn into a greased slow cooker. Smooth the top with your hand, or a wet spoon. Place 5 paper towels between the top of slow cooker and lid (this will absorb some of the moisture from the steam) then stick a wooden match, or some other object about an 1/8 of an inch thick between the paper towels and the edge of slow cooker to allow some steam to escape. I literally just used a handle of a spoon. Do not lift the lid for the first 2 hours of cooking! Cook on high for about 2 1/2 hours. Loosen sides with a knife and turn onto a cooling rack. Cut into slices and enjoy!
This is really, really yummy with bruschetta (seriously yummy!). One hint, if you don't have the spices they mention, I just added 2 1/2 tsp of Italiano seasoning and a pinch of salt and it turned out SUPERB! Another great thing about this bread is, it doesn't need milk or eggs, or any fresh ingredients, really. What a great way to use up some food storage, right?
No waiting for bread to rise, no using up your oven, no worries. It's a delicious bread - I hope you'll try it!