Proof Dough and Bake Delicious Bread in Your Instant Pot
There are several bread recipes you can make using your trusty Instant Pot. Here's what you need to know.
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Your Instant Pot is more multifaceted than you may have originally thought. We've written about how you can make wine and even brew beer in your multicooker, but there's another household staple you can make: bread.
If you want super fluffy yeast bread with a nice crust, then you'll want to use your Instant Pot just for proofing the dough. I'm super excited about proofing my bread this way because I tend to want to eat right away, not after hours of rising.
2. Put the steamer rack into the inner pot the normal way.
3. Secure the lid.
4. Turn the valve to Venting.
5. Use the Yogurt button in Low mode to keep the dough just warm enough to rise.
This process took my Instant Pot 24 minutes to fully double my yeast dough. When it's done, it will look bubbly and sticky. That's natural. Knead the dough and either re-rise it according to the recipe or transfer it to your cooking pan for baking in the oven.
Savanna's Yeast Rolls recipe
My daughter and I have perfected this simple recipe to make rolls that are crunchy on the outside and tender on the inside.
3 cups lukewarm water
4 1/2 teaspoon yeast
2 heaping tablespoons sugar
5 1/2 cups flour
1. Add 3 cups of water to your mixer bowl.
2. Mix in yeast and sugar on low speed with the bread hook.
3. When the yeast is dissolved, slowly add the flour.
4. Knead and let it sit for 5 minutes.
5. Knead again and place dough on parchment paper.
6. Put the steamer rack into the inner pot.
7. Add the dough on the parchment paper.
8. Secure the lid.
9. Turn the valve to Venting.
10. Use the Yogurt button in Low mode.
11. In about 24 minutes, your dough will have doubled. Turn off the pot.
12. Remove the dough and knead it.
13. Fold into rolls and place on a cooking sheet.
14. Brush melted butter over each roll.
15. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit (177 degrees Celsius) for 35 minutes.
This recipe should result in 12 tasty rolls, so be sure to give it a try the next time you're hosting a dinner party or gathering.