This Slow Cooker Bread Recipe Amazed Our Test Kitchen

Get away from the same old, same old with this innovative bread recipe.

From crunchy French baguettes to mouth-puckering loaves of sourdough, homemade bread is a labor of love that’s well worth the time and effort. While you may have worked your way through all the bread recipes in your favorite cookbook, we bet you haven’t seen anything as impressive, or delicious, as this Sweet Potato and Pesto Slow Cooker Bread Recipe. Yep, bread made in the slow cooker!

Psst: Check out these other unexpected dishes that can be made in the slow cooker.

No Oven? No Problem

Submitted by contributor Shauna Havey of Roy, Utah, this recipe combines a slightly sweet dough with herby pesto for a loaf that cooks with ease in the slow cooker. Shauna says this is one of her favorite bread recipes because it doesn’t need to bake in the oven, which is handy when she needs it to roast her main dish or when it’s especially hot outside. Plus, it’s prettier than any dinner rolls, making it a go-to when she’s having a dinner party or hosting a holiday.

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Impressing the Experts

Even our Test Kitchen was wow-ed by this bread. While testing the recipe, the staff loved that the loaf had crispy, browned edges as if it was baked in the oven. This is rare for something made a slow cooker. Thanks to a ribbon of pesto, the loaf had a tender, flavorful crumb. The testers also liked that the ingredients could easily be substituted to the maker’s liking; switching out sweet potato puree for canned pumpkin, mozzarella or asiago for parmesan and sun-dried tomato pesto for basil pesto. Between the taste, texture and simplicity of the slow cooker, this bread recipe was easily Test Kitchen-approved. By the way, here’s what it really means to be Test Kitchen-approved.

Make It a Meal

This sweet potato and pesto bread makes a perfect side to a fresh garden salad or a bowl of homemade tomato soup. (You have to try one of these homemade tomato soup recipes!). Or serve it on its own with a thick slathering of flavored butter, like sun-dried tomato or parsley and tarragon.

Don’t stop there! Check out more of our tasty homemade bread recipes.

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As Editor, Caroline writes and edits all things food-related and helps produce videos for Taste of Home. When she’s not at her desk, you can probably find Caroline cooking up a feast, planning her next trip abroad or daydreaming about her golden retriever, Mac.