Dough-Raising Shortcut

Cut the dough-raising time of your bread by using a hot compress.

| December 2011/January 2012

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    Save time baking bread, and spend more time enjoying and eating it, with this speedy dough-raising trick.

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While making bread, I thought of my rice-filled hot compress that I heat in the microwave. I warmed it until it was the right temperature and put the bowl of bread dough on top of it to rise, reheating the compress as necessary.

The compress molded to the shape of the bowl I had the dough in, and it cut the dough’s rising time way down.

Pat Kelly
Crystal Lake, Illinois

11/13/2018 12:16:45 AM

I turn the overhead light on above the stove which warms the microwave and rise my dough this way. I have also risen dough by warming the regular oven by turning on the interior light. Both ways work nicely.

12/31/2017 1:41:30 PM

I made bread for the first time today but it wouldn’t rise. i tried my heating pad after reading that the process is temp dependent but still didn’t rise. I baked it anyway ant it tasted good but it resembled cake more than bread. I’ll try again.

Joan Mahlen
12/9/2011 1:29:00 AM

Way back I used to put the bowl of bread dough on my waterbed (heated). :)

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