This actually took place in an earlier heat wave, but I wanted to report on my experiment with making bread in the crockpot.
I used recipes and techniques that I found online (links on my pinterest board here). Overall, it worked.
The bread was a bit flat and more like steamed bread, such as Boston brown bread, than artisanal bread. I thought I was going to get European boules with no effort or skill. Sigh. But really, as I should know, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
Any bread is excellent with Nutella, iced cafe au lait, and peaches.
This Nutella is not homemade.
I have other kitchen projects I want to spend my limited time on, so my family just ate a jar of tasty chemicals. There wasn't really a savings of money, although I could use local cream when I made Nutella. I am glad to know how to make nut butter in my food processor with the hazelnuts (although I found out that almonds don't work the same way).
I guess I am trying to tell you that I am not a slave to thrift. It's usually fun and satisfying for me to make things, but it's not my god.
I'm getting unpacked from a fun weekend and scrabbling around with school supplies. Stay tuned!