Honey Whole-Grain Bread [Slow Cooker Style!]

When I saw this recipe, I was pretty excited. You mean you can make bread in a slow cooker? Yee Haw!

I wanted to try it. See if it could really be true.

The prep was really simple. No kneading, no weird ingredients, simple instructions. And it called for honey instead of sugar, which I appreciated.

Everything went so smoothly I nearly couldn’t believe it (I am a firm believer of Murphy’s Law when it comes to the kitchen) but it seemed to be true. The trick was to put the dough into a high-sided baking pan. For the shape of it I’m sure. My loaf pan fit into the slow cooker so I thought it would do just fine.

And everything was fine until there was about an hour left on the timer. I’m glad I was home for the three hours it was baking because the quick-rising yeast was doing what it was supposed to…and pushing up against the slow cooker lid. OH NO! Problem!

Well I didn’t know what to do. There weren’t any side notes in the instructions for dealing with this. So I propped the lid a bit and held my breath. For an hour.

The result? Messy, sticky bread. It wasn’t quite cooked through the centre since I didn’t keep the lid totally shut (since I feared the bread was going to burn pushing up on the lid like it was). I probably should have put it in the oven to finish cooking but I was bored and had quite the mess to clean. So I cut a few slices, put the rest in a bread bag and called it a day.

Recipe source

Fabric loaf wrap for under $5 [Gift Idea]

Homemade loaf of bread makes a great gift

Fabric tea towel to wrap homemade loaf of bread

I will admit I kind of sort of took the easy way out on this project. Sort of.

Yes, I did bake bread from scratch. It took an entire Saturday and forced me to buy things like yeast and whole wheat flour, but I’d say it was entirely worth it (even if the bread TOTALLY looks homemade). I’d like to thank Kinneyland for recommending the bread recipe from Mennonite Girls Can Cook—it really was straightforward and even though I completely botched the amount of yeast I should put in (I always seem to mix up tablespoons and teaspoons) and forgot the hot water until later, thus risking losing my fingerprints because I nearly burned them off…

stopping rant in order to catch figurative breath

Anyway, the bread wasn’t related to the blog at first, but then my mom lent me this amazing book from Company’s Coming called Gifts from the Kitchen. In it are all these amazing gift ideas from, well, the kitchen.

I flipped through it, then fingered through paying closer attention, then I passed it around the room so others could look, then I took it home with me.

And then I remembered the bread and thought, what a great idea!

Bread all wrapped up in a tea towel

Anyway, why I say I took the easy way out is because I already had the bread and the towel and the ribbon. But now that I think about it, that’s the point of this book! Presenting this fabric loaf wrap makes a regular thing special without the pressure of going out and purchasing something no one really needs. Genius.

There are loads of ideas in this book and I’ll probably try a few of them.

  • Homemade chips
  • Homemade Kahlua and Amaretto
  • Homemade air freshener
  • Jar toppers
  • Grog and coffee mixes
  • …on and on and on

Some of the stuff in this book is too crafty for me, but with nearly 200 pages to work with, I don’t mind leaving those to the more ambitious kitchenistas.

PS Bread is really cheap to make from scratch, and I even added fiber and honey. I think I made four loaves for under $5 and I stock most of the ingredients already

PPS I might end up borrowing this book for a while