Easy Homemade Bread in the Slow Cooker

Ok I have to admit, being able to mix up the dough and then put it in the slow cooker for 3 hours and have delicious homemade bread for dinner without having to watch it sounds pretty great, does it not? Homemade bread in the slow cooker is a busy moms dream! Find more bread recipes here!

Easy Homemade Bread in the Slow Cooker perfect for hungry kids before dinner!

This homemade bread is a bit different because instead of baking it in a bread pan and having it be a traditional rectangle shape, you are actually baking it in a bowl or…wait for it…a coffee can! Yes way! This is so cool that bread can bake this way!

crockpot homemade bread

We didn’t have any coffee cans lying around so I picked up this small 1.5 quart stainless steel mixing bowl that is taller than it is wide, so it’s perfect for baking bread in my slow cooker.

Homemade Bread in the Slow Cooker elastic dough before baking

You want to make sure you use something metal and then have a trivet to place underneath it – or some balled up aluminum foil. My son calls it “timmith foil” I have no idea why. Do your kids have funny names for aluminum foil?

Homemade Bread in the Slow Cooker use trivet or aluminum foil on bottom

Yes, you can bake bread in your slow cooker! It avoids a hot kitchen for one thing, and also uses so much less energy than heating up the large oven for just one loaf. Here’s how to make a 12-serving loaf.

This bread is so yummy with garlic butter on it while dinner is cooking. My kids absolutely loved it!

homemade bread slow cooker

Easy Homemade Bread in the Slow Cooker

Yield: 1 loaf

Homemade bread in the slow cooker is a busy moms dream! You just mix up the dough and let it rise on its own then add it to your crockpot to bake. No watching the oven to make sure it doesn't burn.


  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 1 tablespoon yeast
  • 1 cup warm milk or buttermilk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup wheat germ
  • 3 cups whole wheat flour


    1. First, you'll need a deep metal bowl or even a 1-lb coffee can that fits into your slow cooker. Grease the bowl well.
    2. Turn your empty slow cooker on High to preheat (cover on).
      In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Let it sit while you combine the other ingredients (except flour).
    3. Add all of the first ingredients and add the yeast mixture to a bowl or kitchenaid mixer bowl.
    4. Knead dough until smooth and elastic - about 10 minutes.
      Place dough in the greased metal bowl or coffee can, and cover loosely with aluminum foil. In your preheated slow cooker, pour 1/2 cup of water and place a trivet in the bottom. If you don't have a trivet, you can use crumbled foil.
    5. Set the bowl or can on the trivet or foil, cover the slow cooker, and bake for 3 hours. The top of your bread may or may not brown, but it will taste good!


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  1. Mmm! This looks so delicious! And seems pretty easy. I’ve always been intimidated by the idea of making my own bread. Pinning this. Thanks so much! Found you at the Nifty Thrifty Sunday Party.

  2. I would have never thought to make bread in a slow cooker…Pinned and will be attempting it this weekend. We just started the Whisk It Wednesday link party and I thought you might be interested in sharing there too! Thanks, Carrie

  3. I love this idea and it looks so good, I need to try it. I am pinning this post! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday. Have a great week and come back to see us real soon!
    Miz Helen

  4. Nothing like homemade!! Would love to try it some time 🙂 😉 Thanks for bringing it to the party at Fiesta Friday! I might have missed it but please do link back to Fiesta Friday to get a chance to be featured and so that more bloggers get to see your amazing posts and join the party!! Happy Fiesta Friday 🙂 🙂

  5. Whenever I’ve made whole wheat bread in the past, it comes out a little dry. Making it in a slow cooker is a GREAT solution to lock in some moisture! Just a hint of sweetness from the honey makes this a hands-down winner.

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