We all love the smell of cinnamon rolls in the morning. Biting into this fresh pastry with a warm cup of coffee makes the best slow morning.
That sounds perfect for those nice and slow mornings, but let’s be honest. Let’s take the train back to reality: school morning, on the go breakfast, always hungry, never hungry when you first wake up. Does this sound familiar?
Let’s ask ourselves these 4 questions:
- Are you looking for an alternative breakfast idea that everyone would run to?
- Are you looking for an alternative snack idea that will keep everyone full and energized?
- Wondering if the kids have eaten enough before they head out for their day?
- You have an adventure planned today but don’t want to spend the next 2 hours in the kitchen for a big breakfast?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you want to keep reading. This recipe is for you. If you are all good, maybe you know someone who would answer yes, please pass the info along.
Let’s go back to the title: Slow Cooker Cinnamon Raisin Bread. You read it right; this is not a mistake. I have 2 pieces of good news for you:
- One, you can make a loaf of bread in the slow cooker and it is delicious.
- Two, you can make a delicious bread that requires no kneading.
How this bread was born?
As an active family, we like to get up and go on an adventure. But sometimes breakfast can be challenging as my youngest doesn’t like to eat as soon as she gets up. Then she will get to the destination and she is hungry or would want a snack at the beginning of the adventure.
Making a big breakfast was not an option either as I wanted to go on the adventure and not clean the kitchen for the next few hours. I had to find a solution. We all love to grab a toast in the morning and start our day.
So, with trial and error, I found a recipe and we adapted it to our need. And just like this, the Hiker Bread was born. We love outdoor activities and the magical time in the morning where everything seems to still be asleep. We can experience this magical moment as we leave the house happily full with no fuss. After all, what is better than a toast? We all have time for a toast.
A happy tummy no matter the age is a great start to the morning. Whether you are heading out for a walk, hike, run, getting the kids to school or a big meeting at the office, it all starts with breakfast. This bread is perfect for this. Having it cold, toasted with butter or for those who need some extra magic…Nutella or my homemade maple butter (later post) is a satisfying beginning to your day.
We all want variety in the morning and a healthier start. This breakfast option gives you more energy and a satisfied tummy. You now can save time from the daily grind of fast food.
This bread is easy to make.
For this recipe, you will need:
- A pan that will fit in your slow cooker. I used a round Wilton 8 inches by 3 inches deep. Important, whatever pan you use to ensure it does NOT touch the water.
- Slow Cooker
- Stand-Up mixer with a dough hook
- Measuring cups and spoons
- Mixing bowl
1 ¼ cups warm milk
¼ cup maple syrup
1 cup 1-minute oats
2 tsp yeast
2 ½ cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 ½ tsp salt
2 TBSP butter
½ tsp ground cinnamon
½ cup raisins
¼ cup chopped pecans
1/8 cup ground flax seeds
1. Combine warm milk, maple syrup oats and yeast in a bowl. Mix well.
2. Using a stand-up mixer, combine flour, cinnamon, and salt. Add the milk mixture.
3. Mix for 3 minutes. Slowly drizzle the melted butter. Continue mixing until all ingredients are all incorporated, 2-3 minutes.
4. Add chopped pecans and ground flax seeds. Mix well
5. Transfer to an oil pan. Note: Make sure your pan fits in your slow cooker
6. Cover with a cloth and let it rise for 25 to 35 minutes at room temperature.
7. After the rise, pour 3/4 cup of water in the bottom of the slow cooker and put your pan in it. You pan shouldn’t touch the water. Cover your pan with a paper towel. Put the lid on and cooker, HIGH for 4 hours.
Here are a few things we learned with time
1- It is delicious as soon as it is done cooking.
2- I enjoy it the next morning. It is delicious toasted with some butter or any spread you like.
The ingredients are fun, and we are still experimenting with different flours, substituting the maple syrup with various sweeteners (natural honey) or using any various types of nuts and milk.
Cinnamon raisin bread made easy, no kneading, in a slow cooker. To be enjoyed with your loved ones or share on an adventure. Adapt this recipe to fit your family’s taste and needs.
If you make this recipe or an alternative, I want to see what you are making, please tag me at @homeschoolquest on IG.