Friday, November 16, 2012

Slow Cooker Beer Bread - Country Gourmet Home

As Thanksgiving approaches I've been thinking about more ways I can make use of my Slow Cookers. Last year for Thanksgiving I used all three of my crock pots. I made Corn Pudding, Crustless Pumpkin Pudding, and Broccoli Casserole. There are several reasons I consistently insist on using my Slow Cooker - 1) Saves on Oven Space 2) Saves Electricity 3) Keeps my house from getting too hot (I live on Maui and it's usually 82 degrees!!) 4) It's EASY!!!

The other night I was scouring the Internet looking for recipes for making bread in my Slow Cooker. I want to make the bread a day ahead, but I also don't want to worry about yeast or kneading the bread either. I guess I'm a super lazy baker when it comes to bread. I usually just bake a loaf of Parmesan Herb Bread Beer Bread from Country Gourmet Home...and then it hit me, maybe I could bake THAT bread in the Slow Cooker. My problem is I've never done this before and I saw a lot of time variation & methods online for baking bread in the crock pot. Some people "bake" the bread for 1 hour some say up to 3 hours. Some people said to oil the pot, some said to just line the pot with parchment paper. Some people said to prop the lid with a spoon and others said not to. I wasn't sure what to do, but I decided to just give it a shot anyway and to be honest it turned out much better than I planned.

1 - Parmesan Herb Soda Bread Mix from Country Gourmet Home
1- Beer or Soda (I used a Newcastle Brown Ale)
(Optional - I added 1 cup of shredded Mozzarella)

Preheat Slow Cooker on High. Mix together bread mix & beer. Line cooker with parchment paper. Pour mixture into crock and spread evenly. Place lid on cooker and "bake" for 90 minutes. You will see the sides and bottom browning, but the top will still be quite moist. Prop lid with wooden spoon and "bake" for an additional 15 minutes. Lift parchment paper to remove bread from crock and let cool on baking rack.

Notes for next time:
I believe that I could have "baked" on HIGH for 1 hour covered, and then "baked" on HIGH for an additional 30 minutes with the lid propped and it would've been done sooner.

Slow Cooker Beer Bread
-Emily Rigsby, Gourmet Executive @ Country Gourmet Home

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