Month: August 2015

Bread in a Slow Cooker

Yep. I did it and it worked! The amount of dough in this recipe would make 2 oven loaves. The most time-saving thing about using the slow cooker is that it rises in the slow cooker, so you just mix up the dough and toss it in the slow cooker.

Screen Shot 2015-08-23 at 7.21.28 AMIngredients:

Crockpot liner (highly recommended)

Non-stick spray

3 cups lukewarm water (You can use cold water, but it will take the dough longer to rise. Just don’t use hot water or you may kill the yeast.)

1 tablespoon granulated yeast (You can use any kind of yeast including: instant, “quick,” rapid rise, bread machine, active dry.)

1 to 1 1/2 tablespoons salt

6 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

Directions:

Mix together water and yeast (no need to let stand).

Add salt and flour and mix until a slightly sticky dough forms.

Spray the inside of a Crockpot liner with nonstick spray.

Place dough in liner.

Lift and place into crockpot.

Place lid on and turn slow cooker onto high.

Screen Shot 2015-08-23 at 7.22.07 AMLet cook for 2 hours.

Bread is done when center is solid to the touch.

The bread will not have a top crust. If you would like it to, place it under the broiler in the oven for about 5 minutes.

Let cool completely on counter before storing – bread is very hot and moist inside. I left it on the counter overnight before wrapping it in foil.

Original recipe here.

Potluck Veggie Pasta Salad

Ingredients:
12 oz tri-color rotini
2⁄3 cup balsamic vinegar
1/3 cup olive oil
1⁄2 teaspoon pepper
4 teaspoons garlic powder
4 teaspoons dry basil
4 teaspoons parmesan cheese
3 carrots, thinly sliced
2 red peppers, chopped fine
1 yellow onion, chopped fine
2 stalks celery, thinly sliced
2 cups frozen corn (thawed)

Directions:
Cook pasta and then run under cold water to stop the cooking process.
Whisk together next 6 ingredients for dressing.
Mix together pasta, veggies, and dressing.
Chill