Grandmother Bread (Crusty) in a Crock Pot

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READY IN: 2hrs 30mins
YIELD: 1 loaf
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
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DIRECTIONS

  • In a large bowl, combine water, yeast, sugar, and salt.
  • Let sit five to ten minutes.
  • Stir in the first cup and a half of flour with a heavy spoon.
  • Add the rest of the flour a little at a time as needed, stirring until dough becomes too stiff to continue stirring easily.
  • Next, add a little more flour and begin kneading.
  • Keep adding flour and kneading until the dough is smooth and elastic ( It doesn't need a lot more flour, just enough so that it's not sticking to the pastry board).
  • Let dough rise in a greased bowl covered with a damp, clean kitchen towel until doubled. (Usually, about thirty minutes to an hour.).
  • Uncover bowl, sprinkle in a little more flour and knead again.
  • With floured hands, shape dough into a ball and place in a greased 3 1/2-quart crock pot.
  • Turn the crock pot on High. (The bread will rise as the crock pot heats up.).
  • Keep the lid just barely off the pot to keep steam from building up and making your crusty soggy. (Try using a toothpick to keep the lid open just a bit).
  • Cook it for one hour on the first side.
  • Dump the bread out onto a wire rack.
  • Turn over and put it back in the crock pot and cook for another hour, covered with the lid just barely off.
  • Turn out onto wire rack to cool.
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