We are sweltering here in the Northwest. Where we usually have gray skys and rain, we've got 97+ degrees and bright sun. Personally I love it. But, we need some fresh bread. So out comes the recipe for bread in a Crock Pot. Simple, easy-peasy.
I'm using my Artisan Bread dough. Just take out a hunk - about the size of a large grapefruit. Line a crock pot with parchment paper. Sprinkle some cornmeal on the bottom and place the round dough on top. Cover the pot and let sit for 2 hours. Then cook it on high for 2 hours. No muss, no fuss, NO HEAT.
Now when the bread is finished, it will look like a dumpling. It should spring back when you poke it and not be mushy feeling. Some crock pots will require a little bit longer time.
Brush the top with olive oil or a little butter. Then, for just 5 minutes, pop it under the broiler in the middle of the oven. Watch carefully that it doesn't burn, but gets nice and browned.