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No-Rise Slow Cooker Basil Pesto Bread

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(No-Rise) Slow Cooker Basil Pesto Bread – This no-rise, no-fuss, SUPER DELICIOUS slow cooker bread is packed with basil pesto and it’s probably one of the most flavorful bread recipes you will ever make!

(No-Rise) Slow Cooker Basil Pesto Bread - This no-rise, no-fuss, SUPER DELICIOUS slow cooker bread is packed with basil pesto and it's probably one of the most flavorful bread recipes you will ever make! 

FRIENDS! This slow cooker bread is so easy to make, and it’s practically fool-proof!

But hey heeeey! Happy Thanksgiving week, you guys!! How are you’s? Have you prepared for America’s biggest food-day? Don’t forget your stretchy yoga pants. And a membership renewal at your local gym.

(No-Rise) Slow Cooker Basil Pesto Bread - This no-rise, no-fuss, SUPER DELICIOUS slow cooker bread is packed with basil pesto and it's probably one of the most flavorful bread recipes you will ever make! 

Hey, honest question. What do you think about swapping those dinner rolls with something that I like to call no-rise, no-fuss, SLOW COOKER Basil Pesto Bread? Do you like my idea or do you LIKE my idea?

In my mom’s household, dinner without bread is a huuuuge NO-NO. It’s like a slap to our Macedonian culture. Seriously. Let me put it to you this way – it’s like having tofurkey instead of turkey on Thanksgiving! OR NO TURKEY at all. Know what I mean?

(No-Rise) Slow Cooker Basil Pesto Bread - This no-rise, no-fuss, SUPER DELICIOUS slow cooker bread is packed with basil pesto and it's probably one of the most flavorful bread recipes you will ever make! 

With that in mind, and knowing my obsession with the slow cooker, I gave this bread recipe a few tries until I finally found the best combo of flavors, or the flavors that everyone will be happy with.

(No-Rise) Slow Cooker Basil Pesto Bread - This no-rise, no-fuss, SUPER DELICIOUS slow cooker bread is packed with basil pesto and it's probably one of the most flavorful bread recipes you will ever make! 

This recipe starts out with a bowl + all the ingredients inside. Once you combine all those ingredients together, you will turn out the dough onto a floured working surface and KNEAD for 5 MINUTES STRAIGHT. Set your timer. You will definitely need 5 minutes of kneading.

( Sidenote: For those that do not want to knead and forego the slow cooker, you must must must try my No Knead Skillet Olive Bread and No Knead Rosemary Garlic Bread. MUST.TRY. )

Next step is to just pop the dough inside a parchment paper-lined slow cooker, cover, and set it to cook for 2 hours on HIGH.

(No-Rise) Slow Cooker Basil Pesto Bread - This no-rise, no-fuss, SUPER DELICIOUS slow cooker bread is packed with basil pesto and it's probably one of the most flavorful bread recipes you will ever make! 

Know that the bread will not brown on top inside the slow cooker. To get it all browned up nicely, you’ll have to transfer the bread to a baking sheet and broil for about 3 minutes, or until golden brown.

(No-Rise) Slow Cooker Basil Pesto Bread - This no-rise, no-fuss, SUPER DELICIOUS slow cooker bread is packed with basil pesto and it's probably one of the most flavorful bread recipes you will ever make! 

Sooo, does that settle it? This pesto-loaded, savory, soft, perfectly textured bread is the only bread we will make for the rest of forever? DEAL!

Trust me, this 6 ingredient NO-RISE bread is sure to become a family favorite. You have got to give it a try. PLEASE!

I’ll stop begging.

BUT do it.

BYE!

ENJOY!

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(No-Rise) Slow Cooker Basil Pesto Bread - This no-rise, no-fuss, SUPER DELICIOUS slow cooker bread is packed with basil pesto and it's probably one of the most flavorful bread recipes you will ever make! 
(No-Rise) Slow Cooker Basil Pesto Bread
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
2 hrs
Total Time
2 hrs 10 mins
 

This no-rise, no-fuss, SUPER DELICIOUS slow cooker bread is packed with basil pesto and it's probably one of the most flavorful bread recipes you will ever make!

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Keyword: crock pot bread recipe, slow cooker bread recipe
Servings: 10 servings
Calories: 226 kcal
Ingredients
  • 2 1/4 (2.25) teaspoons or 1 envelope, active dry yeast
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 1/2 (1.5) cups lukewarm water (about 105 degrees fahrenheit)
  • 3 3/4 (3.75) cups all-purpose flour*
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 cup prepared basil pesto
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • dried parsley, for topping
  • kosher salt, for topping
Instructions
  1. Line a 6-quart slow cooker with parchment paper and set aside.

  2. Place yeast and sugar in a large mixing bowl; stir to combine.

  3. Add water and continue to stir until combined.

  4. Add flour, olive oil, basil pesto, and salt; stir until combined and a shaggy dough begins to form.

  5. Turn out dough onto a floured working surface and knead for 5 minutes until dough is soft and smooth. *IF* dough is sticky, add a bit more flour, or about a tablespoon at a time. 

  6. Place ball of dough in previously prepared slow cooker.

  7. Top with dried parsley and salt.

  8. Cover and cook on HIGH for 2 hours, or until golden on bottom. Internal temperature should read 200 degrees Fahrenheit.

  9. Remove bread from slow cooker together with parchment paper and place on a baking sheet.

  10. Put under broiler for 2 to 3 minutes, or until golden brown on top.

  11. Remove from oven and set on a cooling rack.

  12. Let cool for 20 to 30 minutes.

  13. Cut and serve.

Recipe Notes

*IF* dough is sticky, add a bit more flour, or about a tablespoon at a time. 

WW FREESTYLE SMART POINTS: 6

Please NOTE that "3 3/4 cups" means 3 cups PLUS 3/4 cup, OR 3.75 cups - NOT 3 times 3/4 cups. Too many readers have made this mistake and the results are a gooey, uncooked, chewy bread. I will update the recipe with decimals so to avoid any confusion. I hope this helps. 

Nutrition Facts
(No-Rise) Slow Cooker Basil Pesto Bread
Amount Per Serving (1 slice)
Calories 226 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g 8%
Sodium 292mg 12%
Potassium 75mg 2%
Total Carbohydrates 38g 13%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 1g
Protein 6g 12%
Vitamin A 2.5%
Calcium 1.7%
Iron 12.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
(No-Rise) Slow Cooker Basil Pesto Bread - This no-rise, no-fuss, SUPER DELICIOUS slow cooker bread is packed with basil pesto and it's probably one of the most flavorful bread recipes you will ever make! #slowcooker #bread #crockpot

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52 Responses
  1. Kelly Stacey

    I made this yesterday. What fun! Unfortunately, the bread wasn’t done after the specified two hours, but I finished it in a 350 oven for 20 minutes, which browned the top and finished the interior. I put in more than 1/4 cup pesto, so that’s probably why it didn’t bake completely in the slow cooker. The taste of the bread was very good, the pesto being subtle. I’d make this again, but I think I’d do a conventional rise, then bake it in the oven.

  2. Molly

    Hi! My bread was golden on the bottom, 200 degrees internally, but squishy on top; as in… didn’t seem all the way cooked. Any ideas how to prevent this?

  3. Wander

    I just made this the other day and I am making it again today! Needless to say, the entire family loved it and is clamouring for more! I like that I could just stick it in the slow cooker and do my errands then coming back to a home smelling like basil pesto bread. You are a genius Katerina!

  4. Linda

    I made this bread yesterday and it was not only easy, it was tasty!! I have a larger, oval 8 yr old crock pot and it was done in 2 hrs. I see a suggestion of adding cheese (or substituting for pesto)…… This bread does not boast a huge pesto flavor; it’s rather subtle. Next time I may add cheddar cheese to additional flavor.

    Tonight we sliced and toasted this bread for dinner. Still fresh and it was great with butter…… and more butter!

  5. Lyn Dauphin

    Hi! Does anyone know how much cheddar cheese to use? And if you need to reduce the flour? I’d like to try it tomorrow. Thanks.

  6. Shanene Wright

    Hi. Home alone and have all the ingredients except the parchment paper. Can I just spray the slow cooker with spray or use a slow cooker bag instead? No way to get to the store and craving this right now.

    1. Hi! I’m thinking that it might have needed to cook a bit longer. Not all slow cookers are the same, but best way to tell if a bread is done is if you have an oven thermometer – bread is done when it reads 200F. Also, if you cut the bread right away without giving it a bit of time to cool off, it can come out gummy.

    1. Hi! I haven’t tried to make it with gluten free flour so I can’t say 100% it will work, but I really think it should so long as it’s an all-purpose flour blend. IF you do make it, and if you have a minute, could you please let me know if it worked out for you? 🙂

    1. Hi!! You can make it completely without, and just add 1 more tablespoon of olive oil and only use 3-1/4 flour. Following that formula, maybe you can add in some cut up sun dried tomatoes? The ones that are in a jar with olive oil. OR you can use some cheddar cheese, or some rosemary and garlic, oregano, etc. I hope that helps! 🙂

      1. Lyn Dauphin

        Love this bread! I’d like to make it with cheddar cheese next time instead of pesto. Can you please tell me how? Or a link to a recipe would be great. Thanks!

  7. Callen

    Made it this morning for Thanksgiving dinner. It was a complete hit with everyone. Delicious. Did not change a thing. Thank you for sharing!

      1. Mary Johnson

        2 hours on High wasn’t enough. Mines been on high for 2 hours and it’s no where near done. It’s now on hour 3. Suggestions?

        1. Hi! All slow cookers are different and some may take longer than others, but the bread is done when it reaches 200 F. If you have a meat/food thermometer, you can check and see if it’s reached that temperature.

  8. Jen

    What a delicious flavor combination! I never knew that you could make bread in your slow cooker. I must be living under a rock, haha! I’ll be making this!!

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