Ally's Sweet and Savory Eats: Crock Pot No-Knead Cinnamon Bread

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Crock Pot No-Knead Cinnamon Bread

Well, here's a first.
I made bread in the Crock Pot!

Crock Pot No-Knead Cinnamon Bread...yes, you can make bread in the slow cooker!  This bread is perfect for toast in the morning! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

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I've said this before, but baking and creating new recipes in the kitchen is a stress reliever for me. When things are a bit crazy I tend to gravitate towards that mixing bowl and oven. Heck, even when I'm sick and down and out I sometimes find myself fumbling around in there, fully knowing that no one will probably want to eat my germ filled concoction.

Some people feel the need to exercise {oh, how I wish}, some like to read {my second choice}, some go for a drive {not with three kids!} and others binge watch their favorite T.V. show {currently, Parenthood}.

My first choice is to bake.  Usually in the oven, but for whatever reason I drug out the crock pot on this day.  Call me crazy but I wanted to try out an easy bread recipe and frankly be super lazy about it, so I pulled the crock pot out and got to work.

Crock Pot No-Knead Cinnamon Bread...yes, you can make bread in the slow cooker!  This bread is perfect for toast in the morning! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

My mom makes this crazy good English muffin bread, which I have adopted and we love, so I wanted to make something similar.

Let's be honest, nothing beats a good piece of toast in the morning slathered with warm butter and homemade jam that is accompanied by your favorite hot beverage {in my case hot tea or cappuccino}.  

I understand it is not the healhiest.  Don't be sending the hate mail.  I fully know I should not eat that and should probably have an egg white omelet with sauteed veggies, but mornings are mornings and many of mine are crazy, so I opt for toast.

But, guess what this stuff is homemade and not store bought, so kudos to me there!

Crock Pot No-Knead Cinnamon Bread...yes, you can make bread in the slow cooker!  This bread is perfect for toast in the morning! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

I had another surprise stuffed up my sleeve when I made this....I added a healthy dose of cinnamon and nutmeg instead of keeping it plain as I was dreaming of making French toast over the weekend.

But then, my middle child came down with a lovely case of strep throat, which in turn made her have no appetite {she is my French toast lover}, which in turn had her quarantined for most of the weekend, which threw out my French toast plans.

The moral of the story is, this bread does make great French toast.  I just know it.  It's crusty on the outside and soft and chewy on the inside and would soak up that egg custard like no one's business.

Try it and let me know what happens.  

Crock Pot No-Knead Cinnamon Bread...yes, you can make bread in the slow cooker!  This bread is perfect for toast in the morning! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

If you have a few hours at home, better yet over the weekend, you need to try this bread.  We ate it just like this photo above for breakfast and again one night when I made my Spicy Egg Bake for dinner, along with a side of crispy bacon.

Please note all crock pots work a bit different.  If yours is older and cooks super fast you may not need to keep it in the full three hours.  I used my Cook 'n Carry 6 Quart Oval Crock Pot and it took right at 3 hours.  

You can also use a smaller crock pot, the bread will shape to the form of your dish, so it may be a bit higher/taller.  I recommend checking on it halfway through for doneness.  If the middle still seems doughy, give it a bit more time.  Don't be afraid!

Crock Pot No-Knead Cinnamon Bread


3 c. all-purpose flour
1 t. yeast
1 1/2 t. salt
1 T. cinnamon
1 t. nutmeg
1 1/2 c. very warm water {not boiling}

1.  In a mixing bowl combine the flour, yeast, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg.  Pour the warm water in the bowl and mix with a spatula.  The dough will be sticky.  Cover with plastic wrap or a lid and leave at room temparture for 3 hours.
2.  Place dough on a floured surface, sprinkling a bit more flour on the dough, giving the dough a few folds, rolling it into a ball.
3.  Tear off a large piece of parchment paper, place the dough on the paper and set it inside the crock pot.
4.  Cover and cook on HIGH for 2-3 hours.  Check the bread 90 minutes in to make sure your crock pot isn't too hot or the time needs to be adjusted.
5.  Remove the bread when done and allow to fully cool.  Keep in an airtight container or large plastic baggie for up to one week for the best freshness.

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