Liz emailed with a link to this blog post from the people at Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes A Day: Crock Pot Bread Baking! Supposedly, it works great, and turns out a loaf with a crispy bottom crust and a soft top crust. (They suggest placing it under the broiler for a few minutes if you want an all-around crisp crust.)
Sounds like it might be a great way to cook bread in the summer time! Thanks for the tip, Liz.
If you haven’t yet read Artisan Bread In 5 Minutes A Day, you should check it out (literally, if you want – the library has it :). It really is very, very easy and is a great way to get a crusty, artisan-like loaf on the table with little effort! My only issue with it is that at this altitude, I seem to have trouble consistetly getting it done in the middle – anyone have any solutions to that? I’ve tried reducing the yeast and increasing the salt as many people suggested on this post on the official site, and it’s improved, but I haven’t had consistent success.