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Slow Cooker Pesto Twist Loaf

This slow cooker pesto twist loaf recipe is great in the summer as an accompaniment to salads, cheese and cold meats. Bake it in the slow cooker and you don’t need to get hot and bothered!


  • 400 g strong bread flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 package of yeast (7 g)
  • 280 ml tepid water
  • 1 small pot of good quality pesto


Make the bread by placing the flour in a bowl, then adding the salt on one side and the yeast on the other. Mix through.
Slowly add the water to make a sticky dough.
Transfer to your freestanding mixer and knead with your dough hook for 6 minutes, or knead by hand for ten minutes.
Place the dough in an oiled bowl and leave to rise for 30 minutes.
Roll the dough out on a board into a large rectangle.

Slow Cooker Pesto Twist Loaf

Spread the pesto over the dough, leaving a border around the edge plain.

Slow Cooker Pesto Twist Loaf

Start rolling the dough up on one of the short sides.
You will end up with a roll like a Swiss roll.

Slow Cooker Pesto Twist Loaf

Take a sharp knife and slice down the middle to create two strands.

Slow Cooker Pesto Twist Loaf

Twist the two strands around each other two to three times.
Transfer the dough to your slow cooker pot, lined with greaseproof paper.

Slow Cooker Pesto Twist Loaf

Cook on low for one hour to prove further.

Slow Cooker Pesto Twist Loaf

Then switch to high for 1-2 hours or until baked and firm.
This was during cooking.

Slow Cooker Pesto Twist Loa

It took 1.5 hours in my large Crockpot Sauté. I then baked it for ten minutes in a hot oven to brown the top.

Slow Cooker Pesto Twist Loaf

This was delicious for a summer supper with roast chicken, roasted vegetables and rice. The pesto is swirled through the bread and makes a nice moist loaf.

Slow Cooker Pesto Twist Loaf

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I’ve just made this loaf for the first time and it’s delicious.
I have quite a small slow cooker so had it on high for an hour and it rose right to the lid, then 10 mins in the oven at 200 browned it off nicely. Maybe could’ve done with an extra 15-20mins in the slow cooker if you like your bread a bit firmer but the bread tastes amazing for me following the recipe exactly.