Slow Cooker Bread: Easy Dinner Rolls

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Making bread in your slow cooker is an easy way to have fresh bread without using the oven. These easy no knead dinner rolls will be ready in no time and your family will love them!

Slow Cooker Dinner Rolls

Oh yes, you read that title correctly – bread in your slow cooker.  This week’s Sunday Supper is all about cooking low and slow. The other night I baked dinner rolls in my slow cooker!  Ok, to be perfectly sincere, I baked the rolls in the slow cooker and then browned them up under the broiler… but still! The fact that I can now make dinner rolls in something other than the oven is stupendous.  Think Thanksgiving here, folks.  One less side dish that needs precious oven space. Besides, it’s just fun to bake bread in your slow cooker.

Slow Cooker Dinner rolls

The dough ready to be baked.

I decided to make bread in the slow cooker with a no knead bread recipe.  You can use any one you like, and there are several available, but my favorite is from Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day.  I highly, highly recommend this book.  It will change your bread making forever as you are popping out artisan loaves from your oven that cost $5/loaf at the store … and they taste better!

Slow Cooker Dinner Rolls

I use a Hamilton Beech 6 quart slow cooker and get around seven good sized rolls. These are absolutely delicious and they held up the next day, too. I can’t say how long they last because ours were gone within 24 hours.

 

Slow Cooker Dinner Rolls
 
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Ingredients
  • 1½ cups warm water
  • ¾ Tablespoons yeast
  • ¾ Tablespoons sea salt
  • 3-3½ cups flour
  • Melted Butter
Instructions
  1. In a mixing bowl stir together water, yeast and salt.
  2. Add flour and mix to combine. The dough will be pretty sticky.
  3. Cover dough and let rise until doubled in size.
  4. Punch dough down and use immediately or re-cover and refrigerate until use.
  5. When ready to bake:
  6. Line a large slow cooker with greased parchment paper.
  7. Divide dough into 8 equal sections.
  8. Form dough in to balls and place in slow cooker.
  9. Cover slow cooker and bake on high for around 1 hour. Your time for baking may vary -- mine took closer to 1½ hours.
  10. Rolls are done when they are set and no longer sticky. The rolls will be soft.
  11. Brush tops of rolls with butter or oil and broil until crust is crispy and brown.

Make sure to check out the other Low and Slow Sunday Supper recipes!

 

Low & Slow Breads & Starters:

Low & Slow Mains:

Low & Slow Sides:

Low & Slow Desserts:

Wine Pairing Recommendations for Low & Slow Food from ENOFYLZ Wine Blog

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  1. Dianna Lott says:

    Just to plan ahead on time, how long does it take dough to rise? What type of yeast did you use? And did you use a round or oval crockpot (I’m assuming it doesn’t matter). Can’t wait to try this!

    • Well, it’s cold out so I’d give it an hour or two to double in size. Turn your oven on to 350 for a few seconds and then turn it off and let the dough rise in there. I think it’s instant yeast. I put it in a plastic container after I buy it so I can’t remember, exactly. But it’s just plain old yeast. My slow cookers are oval, but it shouldn’t matter. It just may change how many you can get in there. Have fun!

  2. VICKI HUBER says:

    BEST RECIPE SITE I’VE EVER FOUND. CAN’T WAIT TO TRY SLO COLER/CROCK POT RECIPES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. These rolls look scrumptious! And so easy to make!

  4. I’ve been dying to make homemade bread lately but I’ve never seen it done in a slow cooker before! This is so awesome… definitely going to be experimenting with this recipe soon.
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  5. I never thought of making rolls in a crockpot, but I will definitely have to remember this around Thanksgiving. I never seem to have enough oven space. These look great!

  6. I never knew you could bake such gorgeous rolls in a slow cooker. These looks so good ! Must try !
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  7. Such a cool idea! I never thought of making bread in a crock pot~
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  8. Your dinner rolls look fantastic! Cooking in a crock-pot wouldn’t have occurred to me in a million years! Thanks for sharing!

  9. I love this idea! Bread is something that I haven’t tried yet in my crock pot.. definitely will be now :) Looks delicious..
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  10. I think you had me at no knead–I must try these this week!
    Anne recently posted..Osso Buco for #SundaySupperMy Profile

  11. Awesome! Who knew you could bake rolls in a slow cooker. I’ve heard of baking in a dutch oven. Now you have me curious and will have to give it a try.
    Renee recently posted..Sauerbraten for #SundaySupperMy Profile

  12. What an interesting idea… love the less oven space needed for holiday baking! Can’t wait to give these a try, as there is nothing better than fresh bread!

  13. Bread in the slow cooker? I’m totally pinning this one! YUM!
    Hezzi-D recently posted..French Dip Sandwiches #SundaySupperMy Profile

  14. What a fun project to bake bread in the slow cooker! Great #SundaySupper selection!
    Dorothy at ShockinglyDelicious recently posted..Caramelized Garlic in the Crock-Pot for #SundaySupperMy Profile

  15. What a fantastic idea to make bread in the slow cooker! Amazing! They look delicious. Thank you for sharing!
    Bea recently posted..#Dairyfree Chicken & Mushroom Ragout for #SundaySupperMy Profile

  16. Brilliant. I love the idea of making bread this way. Keep the oven free for other things plus your bread looks amazing.
    Chris Baccus recently posted..Texas Brisket for #SundaySupperMy Profile

  17. That is such a great idea!! Love it! Pass the butter!!
    Tara recently posted..Dry Rubbed Smoked Back Ribs for Low and Slow #SundaySupperMy Profile

  18. This is genius. I am so trying this soon. I also love the Artisan Bread book, one of my favorites.
    Amanda recently posted..Braniya {Lamb and Eggplant Tajine} for #SundaySupperMy Profile

  19. I’m in love with the idea of baking up some bread in a slow-cooker! That is a fantastic book…so is Healthy Bread in 5 Minutes a Day.
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  20. Never thought of baking bread in a Crockpot! I love the idea and the rolls look so fluffy and pretty!!
    Jennifer recently posted..Minestrone Soup #SundaySupperMy Profile

  21. Okay Camille you convinced me to try bread in my slow cooker. I hope it turns out as awesome as yours! Wish me luck!
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  22. LOVE these! I’ve been wanting a great bread recipe for the slow cooker! Thanks!
    Jen recently posted..Slow-Cooked Gooey Pina Colada Cake ~ Low & Slow #SundaySupper!My Profile

  23. So easy! Plus they look really light and fluffy, basically the perfect roll and hard to resist.
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  24. Cooking bread in the crock pot has been one of those things I have always wanted to try but I was never sure about it. But now seeing this recipe I know it is something I have to try.
    Laura recently posted..Slow Cooker Chana Masala #SundaySupperMy Profile

  25. What a great idea for making bread! It looks lovely!
    Katy recently posted..Rice, Bean and Vegetable Casserole for #SundaySupperMy Profile

  26. I really need to make that 5 minute bread once and for all. I´m very intrigued by it, and these rolls make me want to bake right now!
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  27. Michelle says:

    Do you think these could be frozen?

    • After they are baked, yes. Before they are baked (like just the dough), no. They have a nice crisp top, which I think you will lose if you freeze them, but they’ll still be good.

  28. Can I share your recipe on my blog?

    • Thank you for asking, Hannah! If you make the recipe and then re-write it, use your own photos and give a link back to me, then yes! :-) If you’d rather not make the recipe and would prefer just to let your readers know about it, then I’m OK with you using my photo and providing a link back to the recipe, but please don’t put the entire recipe up when using my photo. I hope that makes sense! Feel free to email me if you have any questions – camille @ growingingupgabel . com

  29. wendy ball says:

    I can’t wait to try these! It sounds so cool! I’d like to try these using a rye, or whole wheat and see what happens. AWESOME Idea – thank you!

  30. Just how large is a “large slow cooker?”

  31. I can’t wait to try these, they look delicious and what a time saver!
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  32. Potentially stupid question! To broil them….Do I take them out of the slow cooker and put them on a tray?

  33. I love the whole idea of cooking bread in the slow cooker and definitely want to try it soon :)
    Pinned to share – stopping by from Mom’s Test Kitchen.
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  34. oh these look divine – and what a great idea!! :) i pinned these for later

  35. What?!?!?! I’ve never heard of such a thing! My friends who cook will love this!
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  36. Just wanted to drop in to let you know that I featured these yummy looking rolls at The Rustic Pig’s Creatively Tuesdays! Go grab a feature button and link up anything new you might have! Hugs!!! :)
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  37. That is just plain amazing. I must try this. Pinning!

  38. I love using my crockpot, and my family LOVES bread, so this will be a must-try for us this week! I’m also pinning it to share with my friends. Thanks for sharing. I have a few crock pot recipes you may want to try out at thedomesticatedprincess.com.
    Bonny recently posted..Slow Cooker Recipe #2: Pulled Pork LoinMy Profile

  39. What a neat idea!! Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friday!!!

  40. I never thought of making bread in the crockpot! I will have to try it!

  41. I’m so loving this recipe!! And I’m not the only one ~ you’re dinner rolls are the top feature this week at Mom’s Test Meal Mondays!! Thank you so much for linking up! I hope you’ll stop by and grab a features button! :)
    Have a great weekend!!
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  42. Camille!! They look simply DELICIOUS!!!!!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!
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  43. Ok, seriously I’ve have a lot of slow cooker recipes, but I never thought you could make dinner rolls in one. What a deliciously great post. Thanks for sharing your inspiration with Sunday’s Best – you helped make the party a success!

  44. oh I LOVE bread in my crock pot, never thought about doing rolls though! EXCITED to do this tonight! :) Thanks!

  45. These look awesome Camille!! I bet my hubby would love them!! Definitely going to give them a try!
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  46. What a fantastic idea! I really want to give these a try. Thanks for sharing with Share Your Cup.
    Hugs,
    Jann
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  47. The link now works! :-))) I never would have thought that I could bake rolls in my slow cooker. How awesome is that! :-) Thanks so much for linking up with “Try a New Recipe Tuesday.” I am looking forward to trying these, for sure. Have a great week.
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  48. What a unique way to bake rolls!!
    I love working with yeast but never thought to bake in a slow-cooker
    I LOVE the idea!
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  49. Diane Balch says:

    I had no idea that you could bake rolls in a slow cooker. Thanks so much for sharing this on foodie friday.

  50. Wow! I didn’t know you could make bread in the slow cooker. Who needs a bread maker when you already have a slow cooker? I am stopping by from Happy Go Lucky. Thanks for sharing your recipe. Hope to see you at True Aim!
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  51. What an awesome idea! Pinning for later!
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  52. Parchment paper and I completely forgot to include that in the directions! THANK YOU! If you don’t have it, I would try either greasing the crock or using cornmeal on the bottom.

  53. Just curious, what is the brown paper under the rolls and do you think they would cook correctly in the slow cooker without it?

  54. Why didn’t I think of that. I think I can smell these wonderful rolls from here. Yummmmmmy! This is such a delicious post. I would love it if you would share this post at our WIW linky party. Hope you can join us. :-)

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