Slow Cooker Bread

Fully baked round, domed cob loaf of bread with a browned top, loaf partially sliced to reveal an evenly baked crumb.

If you don’t own a bread maker or have access to a camp oven, slow cooker bread is the bread for you. Using a slow cooker, you can make a white cob loaf of bread.

A Dutch oven cooking method called the hay box cooking method can also be used to replicate a slow cooker outdoors. This is where you bring a Dutch Oven up to temperature with the bread in it, then place it in a box filled with hay that insulates the Dutch oven making it slow to cool.

After a day of cooking, you return to the campsite, bring it to temperature, and the item being cooked is done.

Slow Cooker Bread Recipe

Fully baked round, domed cob loaf of bread with a browned top, loaf partially sliced to reveal an evenly baked crumb.
If you don’t own a bread maker or access to a camp oven, this slow cooker bread is for you. Using a slow cooker or Dutch oven, you can make a cob loaf of bread.
Preparation 15 minutes
Cook 1 hour 40 minutes
Ready in 1 hour 55 minutes
Servings 6 Servings
CourseSide Dish
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  • 3 cups bread flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 packet quick rise yeast
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 cup warm water


  • 10 inch Dutch oven


  • Measure the flour into a bowl, then add the salt, sugar, and yeast. Mix together well.
  • Add the oil and water, then mix until the dough gets stiff and sticky. Continue to work the dough until it makes a ball.
  • Sprinkle a workbench with flour and continue to knead the dough for 5 to 6 minutes.
  • Line the slow cooker or Dutch oven with baking paper then add the dough. Slow Cooker: Turn on high and cook for 1 to 1 ½ hours. Dutch oven: place in the hay box and leave for 2 to 3 hours.
  • When the bread has risen and is brown on the bottom, remove it from the slow cooker or Dutch oven.
  • Place the loaf of bread under the grill and brown, or if cooking in a Dutch oven then place fresh coals on the top to brown the bread.

Nutritional Information

Calories: 286kcalCarbohydrates: 50gProtein: 8gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 1gSodium: 391mgPotassium: 74mgFiber: 2gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 1IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 11mgIron: 1mg

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