Jun 6, 2013

A clever way to help bread rise


If you’ve ever baked bread or anything with yeast you know that it helps to have a warm spot to help the dough rise. Some things that work are a warming drawer, placing the dough under a lamp, or heating the oven for a minute and then turning it off (but then you need to preheat the oven). But here’s a way I never thought of… a heating pad. Whaddya think? Good idea? Or do you have something better?

11 Comments on "A clever way to help bread rise"

  1. PATSY

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  2. Peggy Jo

    I turn on my dryer for about 5 minutes and place the dough in the still dark dryer to rise…works great

  3. Gina b

    I have used a heating pad for years. Our kitchen is usually cool as it is on the north side of the house. I place a heating pad on low under a thick ceramic bowl when I start the bread mixing process. This allows the bowl to warm slowly and helps it retain the heat. I put the dough when it’s ready to proof in a smaller bowl and then cover with kitchen towel. Works every time.

  4. Caroll A

    For years I have been proofing my bread dough in my microwave: I pour boiling water in a pie pan, place a round grate on top of the grate, and my bowl of dough onto the grate. Close the door & don’t open it until dough is ready to use. Works great, especially when my kitchen is cold in the winter!

  5. Anneg

    Put the dough in the microwave oven and leave the door slightly open, enough that the light is on. After about 5 min. or so close the door. The accumulated heat is just enough to rise the bread. If need be, repeat the process about half way through proofing.

  6. Lois in So. California

    My cousin puts her bread in the car, parked in the sun, windows rolled up, to speed up rising process.. This works even on cooler spring or fall days as long as the car gets enough sun to heat it up a bit above inside the house.

  7. Basic

    I recently started making my own Pizza dough and made a focaccia bread. I found that putting my dough in a small room with a space heater (during the winter), seemed to speed up the rising process for me.

    First time I let the Pizza dough sit for the suggested 30 minutes, the dough nearly quadrupled in size, filling the mixer bowl. Quickly learned to keep a closer eye on the rising process and the doubling in size.

  8. Jade

    I raise my bread covered in the oven with the light on. It gives just the perfect amount of warmth for me.

  9. dorna griffin

    what a great idea why didn’t I think of that lol thanks.

  10. Josh

    I think this is a really good idea, and one that I had never thought of. Usually I would put the pan on top of the stove as it is preheating, but this is not really something people who only have wall ovens can do.

    I would be interested to see how the heating pad works! Although with the heat in Vegas the last few days (110) I could probably get away with putting it outside, although that may start to bake it lol.

    • Lois in So. California

      I can relate. I live on the edge of the California desert, and have seen days with 118*. I would be afraid that would be hot enough to kill the yeast before it had time to rise!

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