Make Moist Lemon-Poppy Seed Bread in the Slow Cooker

Making fresh bread has never been easier! We'll show you how to make sweet and tart lemon-poppy seed bread right in your slow cooker.

-Ever thought of making bread in your slow cooker? This sweet and tart lemon poppy seed bread is the perfect way to start. The slow cooker keeps the tender cake-like bread moist. To start, spray a 4- to 5-quart oval slow cooker insert with cooking spray until it's well coated. In a mixing bowl with 2 cups of all-purpose flour, add 1 quarter cup of poppy seeds, 1 tablespoon of baking powder, and 1/2 teaspoon of salt and whisk them all together. Now in a medium bowl with a cup of sugar, add 3 eggs along with 1/2 cup of vegetable oil, 1/2 cup of plain Greek-style yogurt or sour cream, 1 quarter cup of milk, 1 teaspoon of finely shredded lemon peel, 1 quarter cup of fresh lemon juice, and 1 teaspoon of vanilla. Whisk these wet ingredients together until the sugar is dissolved. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir them until it's just combined. The mixture will still be a little lumpy. Scrape the mixture into the slow cooker. Cover it and cook it on high heat until the top appears set about 1-1/2 to 2 hours. Turn off the slow cooker then carefully remove the lid so the condensation on it doesn't drip on to the bread. Cover the opening of the slow cooker with paper towels then replace the lid. Let the bread cool for another 15 to 20 minutes in the slow cooker. To release the bread from the slow cooker, run a knife around the inside rim then remove it to a wire rack to cool completely. While the bread cools, if you like, you can make a simple powdered sugar glaze. In a small bowl with 1 cup of powdered sugar, add 1 quarter teaspoon of vanilla extract and a tablespoon of milk or lemon juice and whisk it to combine. It should be the consistency of heavy cream. If you need to loosen the glaze, whisk in more milk or lemon juice until it reaches drizzling consistency. When the bread is cool, drizzle the glaze over the top and let it sit for a few minutes to firm up before serving. The simple glaze adds a sweet contrast to the tangy lemon flavor and nutty poppy seed texture of the bread.