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Woman shares genius method of making bread in a slow cooker

Dannielle Luttrell

Supermarket shelves are being completely emptied on a daily basis in the UK as people attempt to stockpile amid the Coronavirus pandemic.

However, as millions of people self-isolate with cupboards full of food, there are some items that you just can't have enough of. Bread and milk are two of these essentials.

As more and more people become confined to their homes, these essential items are becoming impossible to buy for some – and practically all of the bread makers to have existed in the modern world have been snapped up by online shoppers.

Dannielle Luttrell

Bu fear not, because one savvy woman has gone viral on social media with what is one of the most game-changing posts of this whole pandemic.

Dannielle Luttrell took to Facebook on Tuesday to share what she has aptly named 'Literally The Best Bread Recipe Ever'.

Basically, she has come up with a genius recipe to make loaves of bread in her slow cooker, and her post has been shared over 400,000 times, for obvious reasons.

Don't panic if you can't find bread in the shops, just make your own in the slow cooker ?Literally The Best Bread...

Posted by Dannielle Luttrell on Monday, March 16, 2020

Here's the recipe:

  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 2 cups of warm milk
  • 2 tablespoons of melted UNSALTED butter
  • 1-3 tablespoons of sugar (add more if you like sweeter bread)
  • 3 tablespoons of active dry yeast (conservative side)
  • 6 cups of whole wheat flour (or 3 cups whole wheat & 3 cups all-purpose flour)
  • 2 teaspoons of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
Dannielle Luttrell

The method

  1. Grab a big bowl, and stir the 1/2 cup of warm water, 1 (or more) tablespoons of sugar, 3 tablespoons of yeast. Wait for 5 minutes (no longer - mine went all over the place the first time!) – it should be frothy on the top. While you're waiting warm 2 cups of milk and 2 Tbsp of butter in microwave.
  2. Next, add milk and butter to yeast mixture. Using a standing mixer slowly add the 6 cups of flour, 2 teaspoons of salt, and 1 teaspoon of baking powder. Mix and knead the dough. (I used dough hook once I had incorporated most of the flour for about 5 minutes then kneaded by hand for another 5-7 minutes.)
  3. Line your slow cooker with cooking (baking) paper and place in your round ball of dough. I will rise in the slow cooker as it heats through. Cook on High power for 2- 2.5 hours. Start checking at every 7-10 minutes until top is sponge-y but springs back and no moisture on the top. The bottom should be a nice brown colour as well as sides. I put mine (just the loaf) in the oven on broil/grill for less than 5 minutes to get a nice crusty top too!
Dannielle Luttrell

NOTE: You can use a tea towel on top if you want to avoid condensation dripping in down on the loaf. I haven't tried this myself - let me know how you go!

*Use UNSALTED butter or adjust extra salt added!

*Add MORE sugar if you want a sweet bread like in the shops.

*If you can't or are not skilled/practiced at kneading try the 50:50 ratio with whole wheat flour and all purpose flour, otherwise you will end up with a very dense loaf.

*Make sure it is completely cooked through - my loaf took 2 1/2 hours!!

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