Sun-dried tomatoes are delicious. All that flavor in a beautiful tomato concentrated. The sweetness makes it makes the perfect match for the earthy pungent taste of garlic. The two together in a loaf of bread, how can you go wrong?
With this recipe we add parmesan cheese to bring all the flavors together. There is no need to knead the dough, simply mix and let rise. Once dough has risen simply add in the sun dried tomatoes, garlic and parmesan. Give it few folds and pop it right into the slow cooker. It’s a super easy recipe that the whole family will fall in love with.
See below for full recipe:
3 cups bread flour or all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
½ teaspoon quick-rising yeast
1¼ teaspoons salt
1½ cups warm filtered water (about 100 degrees F)
2 tablespoons minced garlic
1¼ rough chopped sun dried tomatoes
1 cup fresh grated parmesan
In a large mixing bowl, mix together flour, yeast and salt. Pour in warm water and mix well with a wooden spoon. The dough should be sticky. Cover with plastic wrap and place somewhere warm like next to a stove for 3 hours. If at room temperature let sit for 4 hours on a cold day. Or until the dough has risen. It will have bubbles and still look a little soft and wet.
Add garlic, sun dried tomatoes and parmesan. Dip your hands into water (this will keep the dough from sticking to your fingers) and gently fold garlic, sun dried tomatoes and parmesan into dough until evenly distributed.
Generously flour the surface of a clean table. Use a wooden spoon or spatula to remove dough from bowl. The dough will still be very sticky.
Sprinkle more flour on the top of the dough, just enough to keep it from sticking to your fingers. Give the dough a couple more folds, forming it into a ball.
Place the ball of dough onto a piece of parchment paper. Do NOT use wax paper for this. Lift the parchment paper and dough and place in a 6-quart slow cooker. A taller slow cooker will result in a taller bread because slow-cooked breads do not rise in the same way as they would in an oven.
Cover and cook on high for 2 hours and 30 minutes, or until the internal temperature reads 190 to 200 degrees Fahrenheit. Check the temperature after the full 2 hours and 30 minutes is passed. If this is the first time you are making bread in your slow cooker. With some time, you’ll learn how long it takes your particular slow cooker to bake a perfect loaf.
Slow cooker bread makes a soft outer layer. For a browned crust, simply toss it under the broiler for a few minutes. Remove when the crust is lightly browned to your liking.
Allow bread to cool before slicing.