Use Heat Mats to Help Bread Dough Rise

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In the off-season, use a seed-starting mat to add heat to your rising bread dough.

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