Bake bread in your slow cooker

slow cooker baked bread

If you’ve been reading this blog, you know by now that I love using kitchen tools, gadgets, instruments, whatever they’re called. I especially love those that make life easier and my crockpot is on that list too!

The reason I like the crockpot, is that you add your ingredients, turn it on, walk away, and 6-8 hours later dinner is ready! Tender and juicy, it never burns. Just be careful not to add more liquid than your recipe calls for, unless you like your dinner to be soupy!

So I put good use to my crockpot (the knob on the lid is hanging by the screws cause the plastic broke off) and ditto for the 3 cookbooks I own for it. I have used my crockpot mostly for cooking the main dish (roast beef, french chicken, pork roast, etc.), so imagine my surprise when I found this article on how to bake bread in your slow cooker. Unreal!!  First an article on baking bread in a Pressure Cooker and now the Slow Cooker?? Man, I love innovative ways of cooking!

Of course there is no substitute for baking bread in an oven, but this sounds pretty good to me. If you don’t like bread with a soft crust that’s a bit pale, just throw the loaf under the broiler 5 minutes before serving and you’ll have a nice, brown and crusty loaf.  Follow the link if you want to know how to bake bread in your slow cooker on the site of Bread in Five. They’ll teach you how to make the dough too, so go bake bread!

 And if you need a slow cooker? Check this one out! See more under Store/Recommendations page.




French clay pot chicken

Some say the first clay pots were used by native Americans who cooked their meals in pottery placed in the ground and surrounded by hot coals, essentially creating an oven. Others claim that the clay pot has been in existence since Roman times. No matter it’s origin, this form of cooking creates one of the best tasting and healthiest meals with poultry, meat or fish. Some even use it to make desserts!

romertopf clay pot

Romertopf Reco No.111 Clay Baker

The Römertopf is a nonglazed (porous) claypot that needs to be soaked in water for about 20 to 30 minutes before using. All ingredients are placed in the pot, covered and baked in an oven that is not preheated, gradually increasing the temperature from 200 to 350 or higher, depending on the recipe.
Cooking time depends on what you’re cooking (beef, chicken, fish), but generally takes at least 2 hours.

Great thing about cooking in a clay pot? You don’t really have to monitor the cooking because it won’t dry out or burn. Instead the meat remains moist without the need to add oil or butter (healthy!) and will be very tender. Best of all, your meal will be deliciously tasty because the pot locks in all the flavors of the ingredients.

French Clay Pot Chicken

1 whole chicken2 bay leaves2 sprigs rosemary (or 1 tsp dry rosemary)

1 tsp sea salt

1 tsp ground pepper

2 onions, sliced

2 cloves garlic, crushed

1 lb mushrooms, sliced

1  cup white wine

lemon juice or vinegar (to wash the chicken)

One of my favorite Clay pot Cookbooks


Soak the clay pot before you start the preparations. Do NOT preheat the oven or your pot may crack.

Clean the chicken (I prefer to remove the fat and first rinse with lemon juice or vinegar, then water, pat dry), rub the garlic and sprinkle with salt and black pepper inside and out. Let it marinade while you are cutting the onions and mushrooms.

Take the clay pot out of the water and place the chicken, breast side up, in your pot. Add a layer of onions and mushrooms around the chicken, spread the rosemary and bay leaves, and cover with the remainder of the onions and mushrooms. Pour the wine on the sides. Cover the pot and place in the middle of the (cold) oven, turning the temperature to 200 degree.

Gradually increase the temperature to 350 (in 15 minutes) and cook the chicken for 2 hours until it’s done. If you prefer to brown the skin a bit, open the lid in the last 10-15 minutes and continue cooking the chicken uncovered.

Voila! Enjoy your chicken with French bread or boiled potatoes … Bon Appetit!


  • Make an easy one-pot meal by adding 4-6 small potatoes, 2 stalks of celery and 1/2 lb of carrots with the onion and mushrooms.
  • If adding more veggies, sprinkle additional salt (1/4 tsp) over the vegetables before cooking, or wait until the chicken is almost done, then add to taste.
  • Use chicken bouillon powder instead of salt.
  • Serve with steamed rice instead of bread.
  • For a crispier skin, use 1 tbs butter on the chicken before cooking. Less healthy, but still tasty.