Tried-and-True Slow-Cooker Bread Recipe: Soft, Fresh Bread in 2 Hours Bread/Muffins

Who doesn’t love freshly made, still warm bread? I did have a bread maker that made really tasty bread, but I had to plan ahead to accommodate the five hours of cook time.

I discovered this bread recipe online and gave it a try. It makes a flatter loaf, soft, slightly sweet and done in half the time. I made this slow-cooker bread recipe to go with a pot of the Hungarian mushroom soup – they made for a lovely comfort-food meal.

This makes a slightly sweet bread. I think for my next loaf I’ll back off on how much sugar is added. To create a nice warm spot for the bread, I heated a cup of water for 2 minutes in my microwave to warm it up and then placed the bowl of dough in and closed the door.

Cuisine: American 
Prep Time: 45 minutes 
Cook Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours and 45 minutes
Servings: Makes 1 loaf


  • 1 cup warm water 
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon active dry yeast
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt 
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour 
  • rosemary (optional)

Here's how to make it: 

  1. Pour warm water into a large bowl. Add sugar and mix until dissolved. Add dry yeast and stir. Let sit in a warm spot for about 10 minutes until foamy. 
  2. Add salt to bowl and stir to dissolve. Add vegetable oil. 
  3. Add flour and mix with hands until everything is combined. Knead the dough for 5 minutes and form into a round ball. 
  4. Place dough in an oiled bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Sit in a warm spot for 30 minutes to rise, doubling in size. 
  5. Cut a piece of parchment paper large enough to cover the bottom of your slow cooker and come up the sides a bit to keep bread from sticking as it rises. Place in bottom of slow cooker. Spray the parchment paper with nonstick spray. 
  6. Place your dough into slow cooker. Sprinkle with rosemary, if using. Cook on high for 2 hours. 
  7. Remove from slow cooker and brush a little bit of butter on top. If you want a crispy crust on top, place under broiler for about 1 minute until slightly brown. Watch to make sure it doesn’t burn!

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Slow Cookers $25 & Up
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Flour $2 & Up
Vegetable Oil $2 & Up
Rosemary $3 & Up
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Comments (3)

Elisa Schmitz
How easy and delish, Melissa Vickers ! Wonderful with a bowl of soup, for sure!
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