Use Heat Mats to Help Bread Dough Rise

When baking bread in a cool house, you can use a seed-starting heat mat to help the dough to rise.
By Charmaine Slaven
December 2012/January 2013
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In the off-season, use a seed-starting mat to add heat to your rising bread dough.
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In the interest of energy conservation, we keep our house temperature fairly cool throughout the winter (about 62 degrees Fahrenheit). This has made some of my bread-making endeavors troublesome, as the ambient temperature is too low to achieve a good rise in a reasonable amount of time. I no longer have a gas oven, so raising the bread with the pilot light warmth is not an option.

It occurred to me that I could use a seed-starting mat to set my rising bread on. Now that my bread is rising much more quickly, I can get the baking done without waiting around all day, and I’ve found a good use for the seed mat, which sits unused until seed-starting season.

Charmaine Slaven
Seattle, Washington



















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