Slow Cooker Sticky Bun Bread


Slow Cooker Cooking

Published by William Morrow

This image courtesy of Joseph DeLeo

Editor's Note: What can be cozier than sipping on a hot cup of coffee while enjoying a slice of just-baked bread? This recipe for Slow Cooker Sticky Bun Bread is ideal for anyone who wants to spend a lazy weekend morning lounging in their pajamas while snacking on a delectable treat. This super easy slow cooker sticky bun bread will fill your home with the delightful smells of fresh bread, cinnamon, and sugar. You'll especially love the crowning touch of the bread's silky-smooth topping! If you only thought slow cooker recipes were for roasts or chili, you'll think again when you see this recipe. Just keep in mind you will need a slow cooker that has three to four quarts.

I had a hunch that you could use the slow cooker as a dough proofer—a place to let bread dough rise—and it’s true. The slow cooker is perfect because it’s a warm, enclosed environment. The fact is, you can even place the insert in the oven and bake the bread in it. Of course, you do end up with a loaf of round bread, but in the case of these delicious sticky buns, the shape is perfect.

Makes1 large loaf

Cooking Time45 min

Cooking MethodSlow Cooker

Cooking Vessel Size3- to 4-quart slow cooker


Kid FriendlyYes

EquipmentCrock Pot

MealBreakfast, Brunch, Snack

Taste and TextureNutty, Spiced, Sweet

Type of DishBread, Yeast Bread


  • 1 tablespoon active dry yeast (not rapid rise)
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt
  • 3 tablespoons Lora Brody’s Bread Dough Relaxer™, optional
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 2/3 cup water, plus extra to make a smooth, soft ball during the first 5 minutes of kneading
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour, plus extra as needed
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 ½ cups raisins
  • 1 cup toasted pecans or walnuts, chopped
  • 2/3 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons hot water
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract


  1. To make the dough, place the yeast, sugar, salt, optional dough relaxer, oil, 2/3 cup water, and 3 cups flour in a large mixing bowl. Stir the ingredients together with a wooden spoon, and then turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface. Knead the dough gently, adding additional water or flour to form a soft, supple ball of dough.

  2. Use the butter to generously coat the inside of the slow cooker insert. Cover the insert and turn the slow cooker on HIGH for 5 minutes, or just until the insert feels warm to the touch, and then turn it off. Place the dough in the insert and cover. Allow it to rise until doubled in bulk.

  3. While the dough is rising, toss the filling ingredients together with a fork in a medium mixing bowl. Set aside.

  4. When the dough has doubled in bulk, transfer it to a lightly floured work surface. Cover the empty slow cooker and heat on HIGH for 5 minutes to rewarm the insert, and then turn it off. There should still be a coating of butter on the sides of the insert. If not, coat it with more butter.

  5. Use a rolling pin to roll the dough into a rectangle about 24 inches long and 8 inches wide. Scatter the filling mixture over the surface. Start with a long edge and roll the dough, jelly-roll style, to form a 24-inch-long roll. Try not to stretch the dough as you roll. Curl the roll into a tight spiral and place it in the warmed slow cooker insert. Cover the slow cooker and allow the dough to rise until almost doubled in bulk.

  6. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F with a rack in the lower third, but not lowest position. (To accommodate the insert, you may have to remove the other shelves.) Place the insert, uncovered, in the oven and bake for 40 to 45 minutes, until the crust is well browned and an instant-read thermometer inserted in the center of the rolls registers 200 degrees F.

  7. While the loaf is baking, make the topping. Put the confectioners’ sugar, butter, 3 tablespoons of water, and vanilla extract in a small bowl and stir with a fork until smooth. Add just enough water, if necessary, so that the topping flows slowly off the fork.

  8. When the loaf is done, remove the insert from the oven and immediately invert the contents onto a wire rack. Immediately, invert the loaf again onto a serving plate and spoon the topping over it. Cut the loaf into wedges and serve warm or at room temperature.


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